Review of the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Future Research Needs
At the request of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is planning to hold a one-day workshop to explore methodologies for design of a nationally representative survey of child care settings. It is a continuation of the review of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal requirements carried out by an IOM consensus committee, which released the report, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All, in October, 2010. The workshop builds on the committee’s research recommendations in the report. Specifically, the committee recommended that USDA, in collaboration with relevant agencies, provide support for research that would determine (a) the food and nutrient content of meals and snacks as served, (b) participant's overall food and nutrient intakes as related to current dietary guidance, and (c) access to the CACFP program by child care providers and participants.
The workshop agenda will feature expert presentations and discussion to address how to assess (1) the alignment of young children’s dietary intake with current dietary guidance, both at day care and at home, (2) barriers and facilitators to providing foods that align with dietary guidance, and (3) barriers and facilitators to program access.