Improving the Physical Activity and Outdoor Play Environment of Family Child Care Homes in Nebraska Through Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care

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Background: The purpose of this study was to determine if the Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment in Child Care (Go NAP SACC) intervention was effective in improving best practices in the areas of infant and child physical activity and outdoor play and learning in family child care homes (FCCHs) in Nebraska. Methods: FCCHs (n = 201) participated in a pre–post evaluation using the Infant and Child Physical Activity and Outdoor Play and Learning assessments from the Go NAP SACC validated measure to assess compliance with best practices. Results: At post, FCCHs demonstrated significant differences in 85% of the Infant and Child Physical Activity items (17 of 20) and 80% of the Outdoor Play and Learning items (12 of 15). Significant differences in best practices between urban and rural FCCH providers were also found. Conclusion: Go NAP SACC appears to be an effective intervention in Nebraska as, after participation in the initiative, providers were improving child care physical activity best practices. Additional research is needed to objectively determine if these changes resulted in objective improvements in children’s physical activity levels. Further, efforts are needed to develop and/or identify geographic-specific resources for continued improvement.

Dinkel is with the School of Health and Kinesiology, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE. Dev and Guo are with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE. Hulse is with the Center for the Child & Community, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Lincoln, NE. Rida is with the Nebraska Department of Education, Lincoln, NE. Sedani and Coyle are with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Lincoln, NE.

Dinkel (dmdinkel@unomaha.edu) is corresponding author.
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