CDC’s first-ever Early Care and Education (ECE) State Indicator Report highlights state efforts to address childhood obesity in the ECE setting. Access the early-care-education-report here: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/ece-state-indicator-report.html
The State Indicator Report looks at 7 areas within CDC’s Spectrum of Opportunities framework and identifies 15 indicators measuring state-level policies and system supports that can help prevent childhood obesity.
Many states are making strides to integrate obesity prevention policies and practices into ECE settings.
- Licensing: Of 25 states that made licensing updates from 2011-2014, all included obesity prevention.
- Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Of the 39 states that have ECE quality ratings, 29 include obesity prevention standards.
- Professional Development: 42 states offered online professional development opportunities for ECE providers covering obesity prevention topics.