This study aims: (a) to inform the public health, policy and child care communities about the foods and beverages served to 3-5 year olds in licensed child care facilities in California, (b) to assess how well they meet the standards contained in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and (c) to develop policy recommendations based upon the research results. The study design includes a survey of licensed child care centers and homes in California, menu analysis of foods and beverages served to 3- to 5-year olds, and interviews with federal and state CACFP administrators. The study’s target population will include a diverse sample of licensed family day care homes and centers, including those serving ethnic minorities and groups of low socioeconomic status.
Assessing the Quality of Food and Beverages Served in Licensed Child Care Facilities in California
Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is Associated with More Nutritious Foods and Beverages in Child Care
This article discusses the results of a study that compared foods and beverages served to 2- to 5-year-olds by type of child-care site and participation in the federally-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Results from a statewide survey of California child-care providers suggest that CACFP child-care sites in … More
Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments in Licensed Child Care: A Statewide Assessment of California
This report summarizes the results of a survey assessing the nutrition and physical activity environments for 2- to 5-year old children in licensed child-care facilities in California, including child-care centers and homes, and state preschool and Head Start program sites. Researchers found that child-care sites that participated in the Child … More
In the next year, an estimated 1 in 4 children will experience food insecurity (up from 1 in 6, pre-pandemic), disproportionately impacting children in low-income households and racial/ethnic minorities. To mediate loss of school meals during closures and reduce COVID-19 exposure, Congress authorized the USDA to permit local education authorities … More