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

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations
State Child Care Licensing Websites
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
number
Baseline (Year): 
24 (2006)
Target: 
34
Target-Setting Method: 
Maintain consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, and laws.
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
Previous data on changes in the number of States with nutrition standards for foods and beverages provided to preschool-aged children in child care were not available. The target change for this objective was set to be consistent with targeted change proposed for objective NWS-3 (State-level policies that incentivize food retail outlets to provide foods that are encouraged by the dietary guidelines). Because both objectives address changes in State policies or regulation, changes in this objective were hypothesized to be similar in magnitude to changes estimated for objective NWS-3.
Numerator: 

Number of states (including D.C.) in which all licensed day care centers are required to follow standard regulations regarding meal and snack standards for pre-school children.

 Number of states (including D.C.) in which all licensed day care centers are required to follow standard regulations regarding meal and snack standards for pre-school children.

 

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
Methodology Notes: 

    A state is considered to have food and beverage nutrition standards for children in child care if all licensed day care centers in the state adhere to one of the following regulations for preschool children: (1) meals and snacks follow federal Child and Adult Care Food Program or similar meal requirements, or (2) meals and snacks are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

    For most states, licensed daycare includes child care centers, small family child care homes, and large family or group child care homes. Some states do not regulate small family child care homes. Other states do not include large family or group child care homes as a type of day care setting; instead they have one classification of family child care homes.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  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).