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 20 states and developed policy recommendations to facilitate safe drinking water procurement and establish routine monitoring and universal access in schools and child-care centers. The full report summarizes state findings and makes policy recommendations. Recommendations were made based on the guiding principles that plain water should be made available to children at no cost throughout the day, and that drinking water should be held to safety standards. Individual state profiles detail state-level policies that govern drinking water access in licensed child care centers and public school buildings.
Developing State Policy Recommendations for Safe Drinking Water Procurement in Child Care Centers and Schools
Developing Policy Recommendations for Safe Drinking Water Procurement in Schools and Child-Care Centers
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 … More
Schools play a vital role in promoting children’s health and well-being. In the United States, schools contribute significantly to children’s overall diet quality and can provide up to half of their daily calories, especially among children from low-income families. Providing healthy school meals for all is a policy opportunity to … More
SNAP Waivers and Adaptations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Survey of State Agency Perspectives in 2020
This research seeks to understand perspectives from state SNAP administrators on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from waivers and flexibilities used to preserve equitable access to SNAP during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report synthesizes results from an online survey of state SNAP administrators conducted between December 14, 2020, and … More