ERIC Number: ED194203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
SPEAC for Nutrition: Preschool Nutrition Education Project. Evaluation Report.
Augsburg Coll., Minneapolis, Minn.
This publication reports the Student Parent Educator Administrator Children (SPEAC) for Nutrition Program evaluation of the effectiveness of a child care food service personnel training curriculum and a model curriculum package for preschool children. Evaluation of the food service curriculum package was accomplished in part by a pre- and post-test given to program participants and to a group of food service personnel not involved in the program. Evaluation of the preschool curriculum package tested the effective utilization of Child Care Food Program Meals and learning experiences as tools for teaching good nutrition habits to preschool children. Increased acceptance of foods served under the US Department of Agriculture's Child Care Food Program was seen as evidence of improved nutrition habits of preschool children. The acceptance or rejection of these foods was measured operationally by using a Food Acceptability Inventory to count the number of children at each site who either accepted or rejected foods served. The program evaluation sought to reject the null hypothesis that there is no difference in food acceptance between preschool children in the child care programs that participated in the SPEAC program and those that did not. It was possible to reject this hypothesis for three of four food groups, with breads and cereals the exception. Food service workers involved in the training did not show comparable gains in nutrition knowledge. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Augsburg Coll., Minneapolis, Minn.