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Swindle Taren, Phelps Joshua, Schrick Britney, Johnson Susan L., December 1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The early care and education (ECE) environment has the potential to affect both children and their families. Food insecurity in ECE and its management may be an important influence. Objectives of this mixed methods study were to (1) elicit…

Swindle Taren, McBride Nicole M., Selig James P., Johnson Susan L., Whiteside-Mansell Leanne, Martin Janna, Staley Audra, Curran Geoffrey M., May 12 2021
Reports & Papers
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Background: Together, We Inspire Smart Eating (WISE) is an intervention for the early care and education setting to support children’s exposure to and intake of fruits and vegetables. WISE emphasizes 4 evidence-based practices (EBPs): (1) use of…

Chodron Gail, Pizur-Barnekow Kris, Viehweg Stephan, Puk-Ament Alexandra, Barger Brian, April, 2021
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Although intervening early can improve child and family outcomes when a child has a developmental disability, most children with developmental delays are not identified prior to school entry. Childcare professionals can play a key role in…
Miccoli Antonela, Toussaint Loren L., Hansen Carina K., Smith Latasha M., Lynch Brian A., September, 2020
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Background: Childhood obesity represents a public health crisis in the United States. Thus, focusing on early childhood is crucial to modify the consequences associated with obesity. The Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) is a community-based…
Otten Jennifer J., Bradford Victoria A., Stover Bert, Hill Heather D., Osborne Cynthia, Getts Katherine, Seixas Noah, May, 2019
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Little is known about the health of the 2.2 million early care and education (ECE) workers responsible for the care, well-being, and success of the approximately ten million children younger than age six enrolled in ECE, or the extent to which…

Sutherland Kevin S., Conroy Maureen A., McLeod Bryce D., Algina James J., Wu Eleanor, September, 2018
Reports & Papers
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This study investigated if training and practice-based coaching in an evidence-based program was associated with higher observed treatment integrity (adherence and competence) and if these treatment integrity components were associated with teacher…
Swindle Taren, Ward Wendy L., Bokony Patti A., Whiteside-Mansell Leanne, 2018
Reports & Papers
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In this cross-sectional study, early childhood educators (ECEs; N = 307) completed an 18-item survey regarding their role (lead vs. assistant), education level, program type, and current and childhood food insecurity (FI) and dietary intake. ECEs in…
Sutherland Kevin S., Conroy Maureen A., Algina James J., Ladwig Crystal, Jessee Gabriel, Gyure Maria, Q1 2018
Reports & Papers
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Research has consistently linked early problem behavior with later adjustment problems, including antisocial behavior, learning problems and risk for the development of emotional/behavioral disorders (EBDs). Researchers have focused upon developing…
Tomayko Emily, Prince Ronald J., Hoiting Jill, Braun Abbe, LaRowe Tara L., Adams Alexandra K., December, 2017
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Physical activity is a critical component of obesity prevention, but few interventions targeting early childhood have been described. The Active Early guide was designed to increase physical activity in early care and education (ECE) settings. The…
Bosch Saskia Op den, Duch Helena, 01 August, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Background: Early childhood obesity disproportionately affects children of low socioeconomic status. Children attending Head Start are reported to have an obesity rate of 17.9%.This longitudinal study aimed to understand the relationship between…

Swindle Taren, Patterson Zachary, Boden Carrie J., July/August 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objective: Studies on factors associated with nutrition practices in early care and education settings often focus on sociodemographic and programmatic characteristics. This qualitative study adapted and applied Belsky's determinants of parenting…
Mathews Ben, Yang Chengwu, Lehman Erik B., Mincemoyer Claudia, Verdiglione Nicole, Levi Benjamin H. (Benjamin Horowitz), 19 May, 2017
Reports & Papers
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Early childhood care and education providers (CCPs) work with over 7 million young children. These children are vulnerable to physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. However, CCPs make less than 1% of all reports of suspected child abuse…
Kidwell Kelly M., Hyde Luke W., September, 2016
Other
Peer Reviewed
Heterogeneity between and within people necessitates the need for sequential personalized interventions to optimize individual outcomes. Personalized or adaptive interventions (AIs) are relevant for diseases and maladaptive behavioral trajectories…
Copeland Kristen A., Khoury Jane C., Kalkwarf Heidi J., April, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Introduction: Despite children spending long hours in child care centers, it is unknown what center characteristics are associated with children's moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at the center and over the 24-hour day. Methods: Mixed…
Kharofa Roohi Y., Kalkwarf Heidi J., Khoury Jane C., Copeland Kristen A., February, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Mealtime best practices for obesity prevention in child care have been developed from experimental studies and expert opinion. Our objective was to describe adherence to best practices in child care centers and to evaluate the…