ERIC Number: EJ769671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Quality Management Procedures Influence the Food Safety Practices at Childcare Centers
Enke, Allison A.; Briley, Margaret E.; Curtis, Suzanne R.; Greninger, Sue A.; Staskel, Deanna M.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n1 p75-81 Aug 2007
Childcare in the United States (US) has become a necessary part of life for most working parents with the increased use of center-based childcare over the past three decades. Approximately 13 million preschoolers attend some form of childcare. Literature indicates the main predictors of quality childcare programs are adequate experience and specialized training of childcare staff. A growing concern among researchers, however, is the limited training among childcare professionals in the area of food safety. Children have minimal control of food safety risks because other people prepare their meals. A questionnaire was developed and mailed to childcare center directors in Texas and Iowa to identify the demographic, food safety and other practices that influence the training and decisions made by childcare center directors. Results indicate the need of continual management and food safety training for both directors and staff in order to provide a safe environment for young children.
Descriptors: Safety, Employed Parents, Food Standards, Early Childhood Education, Quality Control, Child Care Centers, Questionnaires, Risk
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Texas