This project seeks to determine the extent to which a successful state-sponsored program to improve the activity and nutrition environments of schools can be adapted successfully for child care centers. Investigators will evaluate the state-sponsored policy intervention that will begin in Montgomery County (Ohio) child care centers in April 2009. This natural experiment is timed such that investigators can evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of the intervention in the pilot county, using a nearby, demographically-matched control county (slated for a later roll-out of the same intervention) for comparison. The target study population for this work will include 162 licensed full-time child care centers in Montgomery County and 209 licensed full-time centers in demographically similar Hamilton County. The main outcome to be assessed is the six-month change in an overall the Physical Activity and Nutrition Score that reflects 24 environment characteristics addressed by the intervention. The impact of key covariates, such as race, on intervention effectiveness and participation will also be explored. In addition, investigators will conduct qualitative one-on-one interviews with directors of non-participant centers serving primarily low-income clientele in Montgomery County to assess barriers to participation.
Determining the Efficacy and Effectiveness of a State-Sponsored Intervention Promoting Physical Activity and Nutrition in the Early Child Care Setting
The USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides critical nutrition assistance to lower-income women, infants, and young children. During the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment has risen to levels greater than experienced during the Great Recession, and food insecurity has also increased, making WIC’s role more important … More
Determining eLearning Preferences to Inform Beverage Policy Training for Early Care and Education Teachers
This study aimed to determine the eLearning preferences of early care and education (ECE) teachers for an effective beverage policy training. This was a mixed methods study conducted with ECE directors and teachers in 6 regions throughout Georgia. Researchers used an eLearning survey (n = 646) along with focus groups … More
Toddler drinks are a relatively new product category, typically offered by infant formula manufacturers and promoted as beneficial for young children ages 12 months and older. Marketing promotes these drinks as the “next step” after infant formula, using claims that imply unproven benefits for children’s nutrition and health. However, these drinks … More