This report summarizes the results of a survey assessing the nutrition and physical activity environments for 2- to 5-year old children in licensed child-care facilities in California, including child-care centers and homes, and state preschool and Head Start program sites. Researchers found that child-care sites that participated in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) generally served more healthful foods and beverages than non-CACFP sites, and generally had better physical activity environments. Head Start generally provided higher quality nutrition than all other child-care settings. Researchers also found that meals brought from home were of lower quality than meals provided by child-care sites. To conclude, the researchers identified opportunities, including public policy recommendations, for improving meal quality and physical activity for all child-care sites. A number of the policy recommendations already have been enacted in state (California AB 2084) and federal law (Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010).
Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments in Licensed Child Care: A Statewide Assessment of California
Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is Associated with More Nutritious Foods and Beverages in Child Care
This article discusses the results of a study that compared foods and beverages served to 2- to 5-year-olds by type of child-care site and participation in the federally-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Results from a statewide survey of California child-care providers suggest that CACFP child-care sites in … More
This study aims: (a) to inform the public health, policy and child care communities about the foods and beverages served to 3-5 year olds in licensed child care facilities in California, (b) to assess how well they meet the standards contained in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and (c) to … 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