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Evaluation design of New York City's regulations on nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early child care centers.

Breck A, Goodman K, Dunn L, Stephens RL, Dawkins N, Dixon B, Jernigan J, Kakietek J, Lesesne C, Lessard L, Nonas C, O'Dell SA, Osuji TA, Bronson B, Xu Y, Kettel Khan L - Prev Chronic Dis (2014)

Bottom Line: Compliance with the regulations was measured through a review of center records, a facility inventory, and interviews of center directors, lead teachers, and food service staff.The Classroom Evaluation Component included an observational and biometric study of a sample of approximately 1,400 children aged 3 or 4 years attending 110 child care centers and was designed to complement the center component at the classroom and child level.The study methodology detailed in this paper may aid researchers in designing policy evaluation studies that can inform other jurisdictions considering similar policies.

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Affiliation: National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

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This article describes the multi-method cross-sectional design used to evaluate New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's regulations of nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for children aged 3 years or older in licensed group child care centers. The Center Evaluation Component collected data from a stratified random sample of 176 licensed group child care centers in New York City. Compliance with the regulations was measured through a review of center records, a facility inventory, and interviews of center directors, lead teachers, and food service staff. The Classroom Evaluation Component included an observational and biometric study of a sample of approximately 1,400 children aged 3 or 4 years attending 110 child care centers and was designed to complement the center component at the classroom and child level. The study methodology detailed in this paper may aid researchers in designing policy evaluation studies that can inform other jurisdictions considering similar policies.

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Selection of New York City (NYC) licensed group child care centers for Center Evaluation Component (fall 2009) and Classroom Evaluation Component (spring 2010) selected through a stratified sampling approach. Abbreviation: DPHO, District Public Health Office.
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Figure 1: Selection of New York City (NYC) licensed group child care centers for Center Evaluation Component (fall 2009) and Classroom Evaluation Component (spring 2010) selected through a stratified sampling approach. Abbreviation: DPHO, District Public Health Office.

Mentions: Of the 1,656 licensed group child care facilities in New York City, 311 were in DPHO neighborhoods. Although 97% (301 out of 311) of the DPHO centers were in census tracts with 40% or more of families with incomes at 200% of the federal poverty threshold or below, only about 41% (549 out of 1,345) of the non-DPHO centers were in neighborhoods with such high poverty levels. To ensure comparability of DPHO and non-DPHO centers, only centers from high-poverty areas were randomly included in the sampling frame (300 in DPHO and 350 in non-DPHO catchment areas). The final center component sample consisted of a random sample of 130 centers in DPHO and 130 centers in non-DPHO catchment areas (Figure).


Evaluation design of New York City's regulations on nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early child care centers.

Breck A, Goodman K, Dunn L, Stephens RL, Dawkins N, Dixon B, Jernigan J, Kakietek J, Lesesne C, Lessard L, Nonas C, O'Dell SA, Osuji TA, Bronson B, Xu Y, Kettel Khan L - Prev Chronic Dis (2014)

Selection of New York City (NYC) licensed group child care centers for Center Evaluation Component (fall 2009) and Classroom Evaluation Component (spring 2010) selected through a stratified sampling approach. Abbreviation: DPHO, District Public Health Office.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Selection of New York City (NYC) licensed group child care centers for Center Evaluation Component (fall 2009) and Classroom Evaluation Component (spring 2010) selected through a stratified sampling approach. Abbreviation: DPHO, District Public Health Office.
Mentions: Of the 1,656 licensed group child care facilities in New York City, 311 were in DPHO neighborhoods. Although 97% (301 out of 311) of the DPHO centers were in census tracts with 40% or more of families with incomes at 200% of the federal poverty threshold or below, only about 41% (549 out of 1,345) of the non-DPHO centers were in neighborhoods with such high poverty levels. To ensure comparability of DPHO and non-DPHO centers, only centers from high-poverty areas were randomly included in the sampling frame (300 in DPHO and 350 in non-DPHO catchment areas). The final center component sample consisted of a random sample of 130 centers in DPHO and 130 centers in non-DPHO catchment areas (Figure).

Bottom Line: Compliance with the regulations was measured through a review of center records, a facility inventory, and interviews of center directors, lead teachers, and food service staff.The Classroom Evaluation Component included an observational and biometric study of a sample of approximately 1,400 children aged 3 or 4 years attending 110 child care centers and was designed to complement the center component at the classroom and child level.The study methodology detailed in this paper may aid researchers in designing policy evaluation studies that can inform other jurisdictions considering similar policies.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

ABSTRACT
This article describes the multi-method cross-sectional design used to evaluate New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's regulations of nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for children aged 3 years or older in licensed group child care centers. The Center Evaluation Component collected data from a stratified random sample of 176 licensed group child care centers in New York City. Compliance with the regulations was measured through a review of center records, a facility inventory, and interviews of center directors, lead teachers, and food service staff. The Classroom Evaluation Component included an observational and biometric study of a sample of approximately 1,400 children aged 3 or 4 years attending 110 child care centers and was designed to complement the center component at the classroom and child level. The study methodology detailed in this paper may aid researchers in designing policy evaluation studies that can inform other jurisdictions considering similar policies.

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