Making the Difference in Child Care

In a recently released article in Pediatrics (10.1542/peds.2017-2076), Dr. Benjamin Neelon and colleagues examine changes in infant feeding regulations for center-based and home-based child care in the US between 2008 and 2016. The authors describe the degree of compliance by state in both years with 10 national standards, described in “Caring for Our Children – National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs (CFOC).” In an approach modeled on their initial 2008 review, they break out the data for home-based and center-based facilities separately, which makes complete sense. Overall there is good news! Viewing the color coded US maps at the end of the article gives one a quick summary, and using either the text or tables gives the detail you will want for each of the 10 recommendations by center type and state.

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