This study describes the foods and beverages offered, nutrition practices, and nutrition policies of family child care homes in Mississippi and differences by participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). A random sample of family child care homes that enroll 3- to 5-year-olds in Mississippi were examined through a self-report tool. Foods and beverages offered at lunch, provider practices regarding nutrition, and presence or absence of written nutrition polices were measured. This study found providers at CACFP-participating homes reported healthier beverage selections, more healthful nutrition practices, and more written nutrition polices compared with providers at non-CACFP homes.
Published: May 2018
ID #: CAS023
Journal: J Nutr Educ Behav
Authors: Erinosho T, Vaughn A, Hales D, Mazzucca S, Gizlice Z, Ward D
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