How States Found Opportunities to Improve Childhood Obesity Prevention
The Spectrum of Opportunities illustrates how states can support policy and practice changes for childhood obesity prevention in early care and education.
While all opportunities intersect with one another at a basic level, there are particularly strong connections between some, and one could have specific ripple effects through others. Not all opportunities need to be pursued successfully in each state to achieve impact. However, it is likely that multiple opportunities pursued as part of a coordinated approach will be most effective at achieving desired goals for childhood obesity prevention programs in early care and education (ECE) settings.
Examples of States Finding Opportunities to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Delaware: Funding & Finance
Delaware: Early Learning Standards
Massachusetts: Licensing & Administrative Regulations
Minnesota: Technical Assistance
Minnesota: Using a Train-the-Trainer Approach
Missouri: Family Engagement
New York: Multi-Component Approach
North Carolina: Facility-Level Interventions
Oregon: Access to Healthy Environments
West Virginia: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Wisconsin: Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)
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