The purpose of this project is to put safe drinking water in schools and child-care centers on par with other foods and beverages regulated by nutrition policies. The study will compile drinking water policies for schools and child-care centers in 20 states, use what has been learned by the healthy food and beverage procurement movement to address the supply-side factors that impact safe and appealing drinking water, and develop policy recommendations needed to facilitate safe drinking water procurement and establish routine monitoring and universal access in schools and child-care centers. The study will use the policy framework identified by the Environmental Law Institute for water quality in child care as a starting point and expand it to include facilities standards and nutrition requirements for water. The research team will develop a comprehensive legal research protocol containing a policy matrix, key search terms, and policy sources, using existing state policy datasets, state materials available on government websites, and the Westlaw legal database. Deliverables will include 20 individual state profiles and a policy brief that summarizes state findings and makes policy recommendations.
Developing Policy Recommendations for Safe Drinking Water Procurement in Schools and Child-Care Centers
Developing State Policy Recommendations for Safe Drinking Water Procurement in Child Care Centers and Schools
Access to safe and appealing drinking water in child care centers and schools is a key strategy to build healthy habits that children will use for life to maintain a healthy body weight and to support overall health. This study compiled drinking water policies for schools and child-care centers in … More
Improving Access to Free School Meals: Addressing Intersections Between Universal Free School Meal Approaches and Educational Funding
Free and reduced price meal application data are used to allocate billions of dollars annually in education funding. However, schools serving universal free meals under the Community Eligibility Provision meal service option or USDA’s COVID-19 waivers do not typically collect school meal applications. The loss of this data has caused … More
Promoting Responsive Bottle-Feeding Within WIC: Evaluation of a Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Approach
Bottle-fed infants are at greater risk for overfeeding and rapid weight gain (RWG), so evidence-based strategies for promoting healthy bottle-feeding practices are needed. The aim of this study was to assess whether policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies for promoting responsive bottle-feeding practices within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for … More