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

Illinois: Strengthening Obesity Prevention Standards in Child Care Through State Partnerships

Kentucky: Bringing Partners Together for Family-Style Dining

Maryland: Creating Healthier ECE Environments Through Collaboration

Massachusetts: Licensing & Administrative Regulations

Minnesota: Technical Assistance

Minnesota: Using a Train-the-Trainer Approach

Missouri: Family Engagement

Nevada: Pre-Service & Professional Development

New York: Multi-Component Approach

North Carolina: Facility-Level Interventions

Oregon: Access to Healthy Environments

Utah: Enhancing ECE Professional Development Through Partnerships

Virginia: Successful CACFP Expansion Campaign

West Virginia: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Wisconsin: Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)