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 to be added. This tool resulted from a project that aimed to understand the strengths and weaknesses of child-care regulation in the United States regarding nutrition, active play, and screen time. The research team created a child-care regulatory policy content coding system for key obesity-related indicators, and developed an interactive map that outlines the policy content and coding results from each state. The site also includes state-specific fact sheets that compare each state’s licensing regulations related to nutrition standards, active play, and screen time limits with scientifically-based health standards.
Interactive Child Care Licensing Map: Healthy Eating, Active Play, and Screen Time Best Practices
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
Evaluating Child-Care Licensing Laws, Policies, and Programs for Nutrition, Active Play, and Screen Time
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 … More
In the next year, an estimated 1 in 4 children will experience food insecurity (up from 1 in 6, pre-pandemic), disproportionately impacting children in low-income households and racial/ethnic minorities. To mediate loss of school meals during closures and reduce COVID-19 exposure, Congress authorized the USDA to permit local education authorities … More