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From Policy to Practice: Implementation of Water Policies in Child Care Centers in Connecticut

This paper examined the availability and accessibility of water in child-care centers and evaluated whether the centers were in compliance with current federal, state, and accreditation rules regarding water availability and promotion. Researchers found that while water was available in most classrooms (84%), it was only accessible by an adult in over half of those More

Date: March 2013

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Beverages Early Childhood

The Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool: A Measure to Assess the Quality of Written Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies

This paper discusses the development and psychometric properties (range, internal consistency, inter-rater reliability, and construct validity) of an instrument–the Wellness Child Care Assessment Tool–to quantitatively evaluate the comprehensiveness and strength of written nutrition and physical activity policies at preschools and child-care centers. To evaluate the instrument, psychometric analyses were conducted on 94 independent policies from More

Date: December 2011

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Early Childhood

Validity of a Measure to Assess the Child-Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Environment

This paper discusses the development and validity of a self-administered survey to assess the nutrition and physical activity environment of child-care centers. The survey assesses four areas related to nutrition and physical activity: center policies, practices related to the social environment, physical environment and nutrition quality. To evaluate criterion validity of the survey, researchers compared More

Date: September 2011

Resource Type: Journal Article

Focus Areas: Early Childhood

Documenting the Range and Quality of Existing Preschool Food Policies in Connecticut

This project will investigate preschool food policies through two primary aims. First, the study will develop new measures and examine the validity of existing preschool nutrition measures through rigorous psychometric analysis, pilot and primary testing, and validity studies. The final product will be a multi-method toolkit of measures assessing the nutrition environment, caregiver attitudes, food More

Date: September 2007

Resource Type: Grant Summary

Focus Areas: Early Childhood