More than 1 in 5 U.S. children ages 2 – 5 years are overweight or obese.
The use of ECE facilities such as child care centers, day care homes, Head Start programs, preschool and pre-kindergarten programs has become the norm in the U.S. For this reason, the CDC has determined that the Early Care and Education is the best setting to reach young children for obesity prevention.
- More than 60% of children under 6 years of age are in a non-parental care arrangement on a weekly basis.
- More than 11 million children under age 6 spend an average of 30 hours in non-parental care, with children of working mothers spending almost 40 hours a week in such care.
In conclusion, improving the ECE environment of child care and early education facilities may directly impact what children consume and how active they are, as well as help them develop a foundation of healthy habits for life.