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Gilliam Walter S., Malik Amyn A., Shafiq Mehr, Klotz Madeline, Reyes Chin R., Humphries John Eric, Murray Thomas, Elharake Jad A., Wilkinson David, Omer Saad B., January, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Objective Central to the debate over school and child care reopening is whether children are efficient COVID-19 transmitters and likely to increase community spread when programs reopen. We compared COVID-19 outcomes in child care providers who…

Carter Jake A., Erhardt Robert J., Jones Bradley T., Donati George L., November, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Few schools and child care facilities test for Pb in their drinking water. Reviewing the United States Environmental Protection Agency Lead and Copper rule data can contribute to guiding future legislation on Pb testing. This work aims to (i)…
United States. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Inspector General. Office of Audit Services, September, 2020
Reports & Papers
This audit provides a national snapshot of State-level approaches to some of the issues posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in child care settings. Our objective was to identify the approaches that CCDF lead agencies in each State and the…
Zaltz Daniel A., Hecht Amelie A., Pate Russell R., Neelon Brian H., O'Neill Jennifer R., Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, 05 June, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Early care and education (ECE) is an important setting for influencing young children's dietary intake. There are several factors associated with barriers to healthy eating in ECE, and recent evidence suggests that participation in the…
Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Grossman Elyse R., 22 April, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Recently, there has been a substantial increase in public support for policies requiring safer storage of firearms. Child access prevention (CAP) laws are 1 example, because they may reduce firearm-related injuries. Many US states have CAP laws that…
Eckhoff Angela, Tilhou Rebecca, Austin Nicole, John Rebecca, September, 2019
Reports & Papers
This policy brief explores state-level conduct and discipline policies across the United States as a means to compare and provide models for Virginia's practices and policies as related to preschool and primary age children. Further, we investigate…
Econometrica, Inc., February, 2019
Reports & Papers
The goal of the analysis presented in this report is to forecast the Tier I, Tier II, and overall error rates for each year from FY 2016 through FY 2020 and to estimate the cost to CACFP associated with the predicted tiering errors. This analysis…
Glantz Frederic B., Germuth Amy A., Macaluso Theodore F., Della Torre Karen, August, 2018
Reports & Papers
The CACFP Sponsor and Provider Characteristics Study provides the Food and Nutrition Service with updated, nationally-representative information that describes the Program's child care sponsors and providers. The study includes estimates of the…
Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Neelon Brian H., Pearce John, Grossman Elyse R., Gonzalez-Nahm Sarah, Slining Meghan, Duffey Kiyah J., Frost Natasha, August/September 2018
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: State policies have the potential to improve early care and education (ECE) settings, but little is known about the extent to which states are updating their licensing and administrative regulations, especially in response to national…
Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Gonzalez-Nahm Sarah, Grossman Elyse R., Davis Melanie L., Neelon Brian H., Looby Anna Ayers, Frost Natasha, December, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

OBJECTIVES: Early care and education (ECE) settings have become primary targets for policy change in recent years. In our 2008 study, we assessed state and regional variation in infant feeding regulations for ECE and compared them to national…

Gonzalez-Nahm Sarah, Grossman Elyse R., Frost Natasha, Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, December, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Most women in the US are not meeting the recommendation of exclusively breastfeeding their infants for the first 6 months of life. The child care environment can be especially influential in a mother's ability to continue breastfeeding after…
O'Neill Jennifer R., Dowda Marsha, Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Neelon Brian H., Pate Russell R., January, 2017
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objectives. We sought to determine the extent to which child care centers in South Carolina improved physical activity practices after a new policy took effect. Methods. In 2012, South Carolina adopted new mandatory physical activity standards…
Neelon Sara E. Benjamin, Mayhew Meghan, O'Neill Jennifer R., Neelon Brian H., Li Fan, Pate Russell R., June, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background Policies to promote healthy eating in young children appear promising, but are largely untested. Recently, South Carolina implemented mandatory nutrition standards governing child-care centers serving low-income children. Objective This…
Leone Cortney M., Jaykus Lee-Ann, Cates Sheryl C., Fraser Angela M., May-June 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Objectives. Close, frequent contact between children and care providers in child-care centers presents many opportunities to spread human noroviruses. We compared state licensing regulations for child-care centers with national guidelines written to…
Alkon Abbey, Rose Roberta, Wolff Mimi, Kotch Jonathan, Aronson Susan S., January, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The project aims were to (1) develop an observational Health and Safety Checklist to assess health and safety practices and conditions in early care and education (ECE) programs using Stepping Stones To Caring For Our Children, 3rd Edition national…