The family child care home environment and children’s diet quality

Sara E. Benjamin-Neelon, Amber E. Vaughn, Alison Tovar, Truls Østbye, Stephanie Mazzucca, and Dianne S. Ward

Abstract Background

Developing healthy eating behaviors and food preferences in early childhood may help establish future healthy diets. Large numbers of children spend time in child care, but little research has assessed the nutritional quality of meals and snacks in family child care homes. Therefore, it is important to assess foods and beverages provided, policies related to nutrition and feeding children, and interactions between providers and children during mealtimes. We examined associations between the nutrition environments of family child care homes and children’s diet quality.

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