NWS-1 Increase the number of States with nutrition standards for foods and beverages provided to preschool-aged children in child care

Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
24 (2006)
Target-Setting Method
Maintain consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, and laws.
Number of states (can include the District of Columbia) in which all licensed day care centers in the state need to follow one of the following two regulations applying to preschool-aged children: (1) Meal or snacks should follow federal CACFP or similar meal requirements or (2) Meals and snacks should be consistent with the dietary guidelines for Americans
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable


Methodology Notes

In order for a state to meet the criteria to be included in this number, licensing requirements for each types of daycare licensed by the state must have met the criteria described above. For most states, this included child care centers, small family child care homes and large family or group child care homes. Some states did not regulate small family child care homes and other states did not include large family or group child care homes as a type of day care setting and instead have one classification of family child care home.

References and More Information

  1. Kaphingst KM, Story M. Child care as an untapped setting for obesity prevention: state child car licensing regulations related to nutrition, physical activity, and media use of preschool-aged children in the United States. Prev Chronic Dis 2009; 6(1).