This study will address the research gap in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of child-care regulation across jurisdictions regarding nutrition, active play, and screen time. Specific aims of the project are to: 1) create and implement a standardized child-care regulatory policy content coding system for key obesity-related indicators; 2) develop an understanding of the child-care policies and policy-initiated programs that support child-care nutrition and physical activity environments; 3) identify challenges and opportunities for improving these environments; 4) develop policy visualizations to illustrate the interaction of these policies and programs; and 5) provide stakeholders with tools to identify and understand how jurisdictions can use policy to promote healthy eating, active play, and screen time limits in child-care settings. Investigators will build on an existing 50-state regulatory dataset to further evaluate policy content supportive of these areas. An electronic database will be developed that outlines the policy content and coding results from each state, along with state specific fact sheets and a portal that houses tools to help practitioners and state agencies track the implementation of child-care policies. Additionally, the project will identify the various nutrition programs, requirements, and standards impacting child-care providers in two states, Minnesota and Washington. This information will then be used to create policy visualizations for these two states.
Evaluating Child-Care Licensing Laws, Policies, and Programs for Nutrition, Active Play, and Screen Time
Child care providers are a vital part of healthy, thriving communities. Over half of children between the ages of zero and five spend significant time in non-parental child care. These early years are critical for healthy brain development and establishing the habits that last a lifetime. Laws and policies shape … More
This interactive 50-state map, developed by the Public Health Law Center, syntheses data on how state child care licensing regulations match best practices for 3- to 5-year-olds, relating to healthy eating, active play and screen time best practices. Additional maps relating to best practices for the birth to 2-year-olds plan … More
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