The overall goal of this project is to develop relevant, evidence-based resources to guide the creation or revision of state-level child care regulations aimed at promoting healthy eating. Investigators will systematically review and categorize data on state regulations for child-care centers and family child-care homes, and states will receive a ‘report card’ outlining their grade within the following categories: nutrients, overweight prevention, healthy eating environment, and adult role modeling. A model framework for state nutrition regulations will be developed and reviewed based on feedback from three expert panels. Investigators will examine the prevalence of healthy eating regulations for child-care centers and family child-care homes across states, in addition to examining patterns in state regulations by U.S. census track regions and date of most recent update.
Start Date: September 2008
ID #: 65067
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Finkelstein, MD, MPH
Co-Principal Investigator: Sara Benjamin Neelon, PhD, MPH, RD
Organization: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Funding Round: Round 3
State Agency Perspectives on Successes and Challenges of Administering the Child and Adult Care Food ProgramThe federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) improves nutrition and reduces food insecurity for young children while helping cover food costs for care providers and families. Despite its important benefits, the program is underutilized. This report uses qualitative interviews with state CACFP administrators representing 28 states to explore federal and state policies and practices that support or discourage CACFP participation among licensed child More