Online Program

Using Child Care Regulations as a Policy Lever for Promoting Healthy Food and Physical Activity in Out-of-School Time Settings

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Natasha Frost, JD, Public Health Law Center, St. Paul, MN
State child care regulations establish important baseline protections for health and safety of children in non-parental care, and can also play a critical role in establishing norms around nutrition and physical activity for children and youth.  Many child care facilities also provide care for school age children and other out-of-school (OST) programs. But while many early learning settings are subject to regulations that include—or could include--nutrition and physical activity standards, many OST programs fall outside the scope of these regulations, or are only partially included.  This session will examine the potential capacity and limits of using child care licensing laws to promote healthy eating and physical activity in OST programs.  Building off the results of a 50 state review of child care licensing laws conducted in 2014 that identified nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards in these laws, this session will describe how the research has been translated to support initiatives to implement healthy eating and physical activity standards for OST programs in Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and Washington. Key results from the 50 state review will be highlighted to provide context.  The approaches and strategies used by each state to leverage child care licensing as a policy tool will be explained. Lessons learned from each state’s initiative will be shared. Tensions between the goals of ensuring quality programming that promotes good nutrition and ample physical activity and ensuring affordable, accessible programs for as many children and youth as possible also will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the strengths and limitations of child care licensing laws as a tool to promote healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time programs Identify where to find information about nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards for child care settings in state laws Analyze their state child care laws to understand to what extent these laws do or do not apply to out-of-school time programs

Keyword(s): Child Health, Regulations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an attorney for nearly 15 years, with more than five years in the field of public health law. I was the primary investigator for a legal research project to identify nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards in state child care licensing laws. I provide legal technical assistance to child nutrition advocates, public health researchers, and state and local government public health officials on how child care laws relate to public health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.