The Early Care and Education (ECE) working group is a team of ECE researchers and leaders committed to improving the health of young children through improved research and practice in out‐of‐home care settings. The working group is a collaborative effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research (HER) and Active Living Research (ALR) programs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) and Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN). The HER national program office, based at Duke University and the University of Minnesota, serves as the coordinating body.
Membership in the working group is open to all with an interest in obesity prevention research and evaluation in the childcare/early childhood setting, including on topics related to nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors. The primary population of interest is children ages 0 to 5 years in a variety of out‐of‐home settings, including child care (both centers and homes), preschool, pre‐Kindergarten, and Head Start.
The mission of the ECE working group is to build a network of researchers and leaders from academia, non‐profit organizations, government, and other funding agencies to increase the amount and quality of research and evaluation in the area of childhood obesity prevention in the early care and education setting, and to support and facilitate the development and implementation of evidence‐informed policies. Special emphasis is placed on equity and addressing the needs of the lower‐income and racial/ethnic minority populations at highest risk for obesity.
Overall Goal: To bring an increased focus on nutrition, physical activity, and childhood obesity prevention research and evaluation in ECE.
Download the ECE Overview document for more information about the work group
July 2016: Click here to view the recording access PPT slides featuring Brooke Nezami’s ‘The Smart Moms Study’ and Dipti Diev’s ‘‘Let’s Work Together Towards Children’s Nutrition’: Building a Bridge between Childcare Providers and Parents for Promoting Child Health
August 2016: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring Asheley Skinner’s presentation ‘Changes in Obesity Rates for Young Children: Interpretations Using Different Data Sources and Statistical Methods’ and Susan Sisson’s Member Spotlight’.
September 2016: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring Jennifer Savage William’s presentation ‘The Role of Responsive Parenting in Pediatric Obesity Prevention’
October 2016: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring Sofiya Alhassan’s presentation ‘Teacher-Led Preschool Physical Activity Interventions’ and Sabrina Adler of Change Lab Solutions ‘Member Spotlight’.
November 2016: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring Jennifer Harris’ presentation ‘Marketing for Baby and Toddler Food and Drinks: What is it Teaching Parents?’ and Krista Scott of ChildCare Aware of America on ‘Health Equity in Early Childhood Education’.
December 2016: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring a presentation on “State Policies Governing Early Care and Education Programs”.
January 2017: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring Maureen Black’s presentation ‘Advancing Early Childhood Development from Science to Scale’ and Matthew Melmed of ZERO TO THREE ‘Member Spotlight’.
February 2017: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring Yolanda Reid Chassiakos’ presentation ‘Young Minds and the Media’ and Sallie Yoshida and Jeremiah Garza of the Sarah Samuels Center for Public Health Research and Evaluation ‘Member Spotlight’.
March 2017: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring Rafael Perez-Escamilla’s presentation ‘Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach’.
May 2017: Click here to view the recording and access PPT slides featuring Christina Economos’ and Erin Hennessy’s presentation ‘Using Systems Science to Engage Communities in Obesity Prevention: A Focus on Community Coalitions‘.
ECE Working Group Co‐Chairs
Dianne S. Ward, EdD, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kathryn Henderson, PhD, Independent Consultant
Temitope Erinosho, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Natasha Frost, JD, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center
Dipti Dev, PhD, MS, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For more information, please contact:
Megan Lott, MPH, RDN
Senior Associate, Policy and Research, RWJF Healthy Eating Research