Target Behavior: Breastfeeding, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity
Intervention Type: PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Child care
Target Audience: Preschool (<5 years old)
- Four learning sessions for, 2-3 representatives from each participating ECE program (sessions can be delivered in-person or virtually).
- Ongoing technical assistance from trainers with expertise in early childhood and/or nutrition
- Access to tools, materials, resources, and curricula based on the Let’s Move! Child Care and Preventing Childhood Obesity (2nd edition) standards
By 2018, more than 2,573 early care and education (ECE) programs in 10 states joined the National ECELC Project to improve healthy eating, physical activity, screen time and breastfeeding support in their programs. Supported by state and local organizations known as “State Implementing Partners”, these programs continued to introduce policy and program changes to support healthy development, learning and growth of more than 201,000 children under five years of age.
Pre-assessment and post-assessment data collected via the NAP SACC for each of the previous eight implementations (2013 – 2017) of the ECELC have indicated that it has been highly effective in promoting best practices for healthy eating, healthy beverages, physical activity, screen time, and breastfeeding support in ECE programs.
In the final evaluation of the National ECELC, the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition gathered outcome data via the NAP SACC from nine implementation cycles across 2013 to 2018 of the ECELC. This sub-evaluation demonstrated that among all ECE programs analyzed (n = 1,466), significant improvements from pre-assessment to post-assessment were seen across all topic areas and all 11 locations where the ECELC intervention was implemented (p < 0.01). Findings can be communicated according to NAP SACC topic area(s), location, and NAP SACC change score(s) of interest to a variety of audiences and should be disseminated broadly.
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Individual||ST1, ST3||MT1, MT3||LT1, LT3|
|Environmental Settings||ST5, ST6, ST7||MT5, MT6||LT5, LT6, LT7, LT8, LT9, LT10, LT11|
|Sectors of Influence|
Wellness Workbook for ECE (English): https://workbook.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/
Wellness Workbook for ECE (Spanish): https://workbook.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/es/
Go NAP SACC Self-Assessments (for use with Better Together Learning Collaboratives): https://gonapsacc.org/self-assessment-materials
Roshelle Payes – Project Director
*Updated as of September 4, 2023