Staff Roles at Mealtimes in Group Care for Children Grant uri icon

Overview

abstract

  • The overall objective is to identify behavioral and environmental factors that influence caregivers' application of nationally accepted guidelines for mealtime environments in childcare and Head Start. Specifically, the role of caregivers will be the target of the research. USDA Child Care Food Program, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Dietetics Association provide guidelines for feeding young children in group settings, including strategies for staff to provide food safety, food variety, and favorable psychosocial settings. A constellation of studies will be carried out with the following objectives: Study 1. Identify behaviors and environmental factors that affect caregivers' application of the nationally accepted guidelines for feeding preschoolers in group settings. Study 2. Identify behaviors and environmental factors that influence caregivers' application of the nationally accepted guidelines for feeding toddlers in group settings Study 3. Identify behaviors and environmental factors that affect caregivers' application of the nationally accepted guidelines for feeding infants in group settings. Study 4. Develop a validated mealtime rating scale for staff to evaluate strategies and practices for feeding children in group settings.

date/time interval

  • July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2008

sponsor award ID

  • IDA01248

People

contributor

  • Fletcher, J   Principal Investigator   2002 - 2008