Evaluating the impact of a California statute regulating beverages served in licensed child-care settings

The Foundation's program, Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among the nation's children. Because lifelong diet habits are shaped in early childhood, California Food Policy Advocates worked with the California Legislature to successfully pass legislation creating healthy beverage standards for all licensed child-care settings. California is among the first states to establish such standards for licensed child care. This project seeks to evaluate the impact of these standards. Data will be collected via surveys and key stakeholder interviews in licensed child-care facilities serving preschool children (ages 3 to 5) in California, including centers and homes, sites that do and do not participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Head Start centers and state preschools. The evaluation results will have implications for the rest of the country as the federal government begins to implement statutory requirements resulting from recent changes to federal child-care nutrition policy and as other states consider establishing similar obesity prevention policies for licensed childcare facilities. Policy recommendations will be developed based on these findings, and results will be disseminated at a stakeholder convening, conferences and legislative briefings. No RWJF funds will be used for lobbying.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $170,000.00

Awarded on: 8/4/2011

Time frame: 9/1/2011 - 2/28/2013

Grant Number: 69298


California Food Policy Advocates Inc.

436 14th Street, Suite 1220
Oakland, 94612-2723


Ellen Braff-Guajardo
Project Director


Lorrene D. Ritchie
Project Director