Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity
Intervention Type: PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Child care
Age: Preschool (<5 years old)
- Participation in a Federal Child Nutrition Program
- Promoting Quality Meals
- Mealtime Environment
- Nutrition Education
- Edible Gardening
- Physical Activity
- Professional Development
- Wellness Policies
- Leadership Team
The program is structured so all child care sites can achieve a beginning certification level (Bronze), and then over time, make additional improvements to the site’s wellness environment in order to reach higher certification levels (Silver and Gold). Information on the criteria child care sites must meet within each element and the levels of SHINE certification is accessible on the CDE Preschools SHINE web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/preschoolshine.asp.
The CDE collaborated with the Sacramento County Office of Education to conduct evaluations for the SHINE program every year from 2013‒2017. The data confirmed that the Preschools SHINE program provided effective education and coaching support to child care providers and staff to promote high quality child nutrition and wellness environments. The data from the 2016‒17 evaluation (n=25) shows:
- One-hundred percent of respondents indicated that Preschools SHINE had an impact on the practices at the child care site. Of those, 86% of respondents indicated that the Preschools SHINE program had a moderate to strong impact and the remaining 14% indicated that the SHINE program had some impact.
- One-hundred percent of respondents indicated that Preschools SHINE had an impact on the environment at the child care site. Of those, 64% of respondents indicated that the Preschools SHINE program had a moderate to strong impact and the remaining 36% indicated that the SHINE program had some impact.
- Statistically significant growth was reported by respondents’ self-ratings of their knowledge and implementation in nearly each of the Preschools SHINE elements after participating in the program. The one exception was wellness policy development.
- 100% of respondents either agreed (22%) or strongly agreed (78%) that they can maintain the Preschools SHINE criteria at the child care site.
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Environmental Settings||MT3, MT5, MT6||LT5, LT6, LT7|
|Sectors of Influence|
MT3/MT6/LT6: SHINE sites reported that the coaching they received resulted in an 85% moderate to great difference in implementing Element 6, Physical Activity.
MT5/LT5: SHINE sites reported that the coaching they received resulted in a 70% moderate to great difference in implementing Element 2, Meal Quality; a 67% moderate to great difference in implementing Element 3, Mealtime Environment; a 95% moderate to great difference in implementing Element 4, Nutrition Education; and a 60% moderate to great difference in implementing Element 5, Edible Gardening.
LT7: 81 preschool programs have received Preschools SHINE recognition since 2013
The CDE Preschools SHINE web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/preschoolshine.asp includes the background for the development of Preschools SHINE; eligibility, award levels, and application information; in-person and online trainings; resources, including information for each element, a self-assessment, action plan, and a link to the SHINE application; and a list of certified SHINE sites.
Nutrition Education Consultant
California Department of Education
Phone: (916) 324-0578