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ERIC Number: EJ1007886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
From Policy to Practice: Implementation of Water Policies in Child Care Centers in Connecticut
Middleton, Ann E.; Henderson, Kathryn E.; Schwartz, Marlene B.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v45 n2 p119-125 Mar-Apr 2013
Objective: Child care policies may contribute to healthy beverage consumption patterns. This study documented availability and accessibility of water and correspondence with state and federal policy and accreditation standards in child care centers. Design: One-day observations were conducted in a random sample of 40 Child and Adult Care Food Program-participating preschool classrooms in Connecticut. Setting and Participants: Child care centers, center directors, and preschool teachers. Main Outcome Measures: Raters observed water availability and teacher behaviors during lunch, physical activity, and in the classroom. National, state, and childcare center water regulations and policies were reviewed. Analysis: Descriptive statistics present data on water availability, promotion, and modeling. Bivariate relationships between water availability and accreditation status, center water policy, location of physical activity, and verbal promotion were assessed using the Fisher exact test (P less than 0.05). Results: Many centers were in violation of water-promoting policies. Water was available in most classrooms (84%) but was only adult accessible in over half of those classrooms. Water was available during one third of physical activity periods observed. Verbal prompts for children to drink water were few. Conclusions and Implications: Support is needed to help centers meet existing water policies and new water requirements included in the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut