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Swindle Taren, Phelps Joshua, Schrick Britney, Johnson Susan L., December 1 2021
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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
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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…

Barnett Tracey M., Thorne Natasha, Coles D. Crystal, Swindle Taren, December, 2019
Reports & Papers
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Through qualitative inquiry and application of family systems theoretical perspective, this study sought to explore the experiences of Early Care and Education Teachers (ECET) and what role their family environment (childhood and current family) had…
Whiteside-Mansell Leanne, Swindle Taren, Selig James P., 2019
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This study examined the implementation of a school-based, obesity prevention curriculum, Together, We Inspire Smart Eating (WISE), targeting 3- to 7-year-old low-income children. Survey data from a convenience sample were collected from educators…

Edge Nicola A. Conners, Rose Arlene, Honeycutt Deneice, McKelvey Lorraine, Swindle Taren, Courson Diana, Forsman J. Andrew, December, 2018
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This article describes the development, initial implementation, and formative evaluation of Arkansas's plan to reduce suspensions and expulsion from early care and education (ECE) settings. We describe how Arkansas used multifaceted implementation…
Swindle Taren, Jarrett Diane, McKelvey Lorraine, Whiteside-Mansell Leanne, Edge Nicola A. Conners, Kraleti Shashank, July, 2018
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Excessive television (TV) viewing by children can lead to negative health and developmental outcomes. Using structural equation modeling, this study tests a conceptual model to understand social and familial factors associated with TV exposure among…
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…
Swindle Taren, Patterson Zachary, Boden Carrie J., July/August 2017
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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…
McKelvey Lorraine, Whiteside-Mansell Leanne, Conners-Burrow Nicola A., Swindle Taren, Fitzgerald Shalese, January, 2016
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The general aim of early intervention and home visiting programs is to support families to minimize Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). However, assessing children's exposure to these risks is complicated because parents serve as the conduit for…
Conners-Burrow Nicola A., Swindle Taren, McKelvey Lorraine, Bokony Patti A., February, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between low-level depressive symptoms in mothers and teacher-reported child behavioral outcomes. Participants included 442 low-income mothers of preschool-age children who were screened for…