Start Date: September 2007

ID #: 63046

Principal Investigator: Donna Johnson, RD, PhD

Organization: University of Washington

Funding Round: Round 2

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The aim of this project is to examine how food costs and reimbursement rates impact the dietary quality of foods that are served in family day care homes. Taking advantage of a unique policy-analysis opportunity to assess the effects of different subsidy levels for providers in adjacent urban regions, this project will compare nutritional quality and food expenditures between providers who receive supplemental reimbursement and similar providers who do not, examine the relationship between food expenditures and nutritional quality and determine if this relationship is impacted by reimbursement level, and explore the influences of time scarcity, children’s food preferences, geographic access to foods, and provider characteristics on day care providers’ decisions about menus, food shopping, and food preparation. The target population for this work is multiracial/ethnic pre-school and elementary-age children.

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