National Early Care & Education Learning Collaboratives (ECELC)

Nemours

Overview

The National Early Care & Education Learning Collaborative Project (ECELC) is a PSE change intervention that uses a learning collaborative model to promote healthy environments, policies, and practices in early care and education (ECE) settings. Participating programs serving children ages birth to five years work to improve policies and practices related to healthy eating, physical activity, screen time, and breastfeeding support. The project aims to increase the number of early child care and education (ECE) programs that meet the Let’s Move! Child Care best practices and Preventing Childhood Obesity (2nd edition) standards, selected from Caring for Our Children (3rd edition).

Target Behavior: Breastfeeding, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Intervention Type: PSE Change

Intervention Reach and Adoption

Through the ECELC, Nemours and partners work with ECE providers to achieve improvements in program policies and practices related to healthy eating and physical activity.  Launched in 2013, learning collaboratives have been convened in 10 states – Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, California (Los Angeles), Missouri, New Jersey, and Virginia. Nemours continues to explore the potential for spreading the model to additional states and communities.

Setting: Child care

Target Audience: Preschool (<5 years old)

Race/Ethnicity: All

Intervention Components

ECELC supports ECE program staff by providing technical assistance and developing materials to help improve capacity and promote sustainability. Learning Collaboratives support early ECE providers in improving policies and practices related to healthy eating, physical activity, screen time, and breastfeeding support. Collaboratives consist of:

  • Five in-person learning sessions, attended by 2-3 representatives from each participating ECE program
  • 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

Intervention Materials

The ECELC website includes a variety of tools, materials and resources, such as training curriculum, participant materials, handouts, videos, and newsletters: https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/about-ecelc/national-project/resources/

Evidence Summary

ECELC is a practice-tested intervention that has shown positive improvements in ECE best practices around healthy eating, physical activity, screen time and breastfeeding support as measured by the Let’s Move! Child Care Checklist Quiz (LMCC) and Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (Go NAP SACC).

Cohort 1 Evaluation Results

Cohort 2, Phase 1 Evaluation Results

Cohort 2, Phase 2 Evaluation Results

  • Cohort 2, phase 2, consisting of a second round of learning collaboratives in the original six states (Arizona, North/Central Florida, South Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, and New Jersey), lasted from September 2014-June 2015 and consisted of 23 collaboratives and 559 ECE programs that served approximately 52,400 children.
  • Among 367 programs, 83% had a positive change in the overall number of best practices met as measured by the Go NAP SACC.
  • https://d3knp61p33sjvn.cloudfront.net/media-resources/ECELC/C2P2/Communication/NatlOnePager_C2P2.pdf

https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/about-ecelc/national-project/resources/

Classification: Practice-tested

Evaluation Indicators

Based on the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework, the following outcome indicators can be used to evaluate intervention progress and success.

Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST) Changes – Medium Term (MT) Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT) Population Results (R)
Individual ST1ST3 MT1, MT3 LT1, LT3
Environmental Settings ST5, ST6, ST7 MT5, MT6 LT5, LT6, LT7, LT8, LT9, LT10, LT11
Sectors of Influence

Evaluation Materials

The Let’s Move! Child Care Checklist Quiz (LMCC) and Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (Go NAP SACC) can be used to assess program outcomes.

Additional Information

Website: The ECELC website (http://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/about-ecelc) includes information and resources about ECELC.

Contact Person:
Julie Shuell
National Project Director
Nemours Office of Policy and Prevention
Phone: 202-649-4420
Email: Julie.shuell@nemours.org