Because lifelong diet habits are shaped in early childhood, California Food Policy Advocates worked with the California Legislature to successfully pass legislation creating healthy beverage standards for all licensed child-care settings. California is among the first states to establish such standards for licensed child care. This project seeks to evaluate the impact of these standards. Data will be collected via surveys and key stakeholder interviews in licensed child-care facilities serving preschool children (ages 3 to 5) in California, including centers and homes, sites that do and do not participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Head Start centers and state preschools. The evaluation results will have implications for the rest of the country as the federal government begins to implement statutory requirements resulting from recent changes to federal child-care nutrition policy and as other states consider establishing similar obesity prevention policies for licensed childcare facilities. Policy recommendations will be developed based on these findings, and results will be disseminated at a stakeholder convening, conferences and legislative briefings.
Evaluating the Impact of a California Statute Regulating Beverages Served in Licensed Child-Care Settings
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