Obesity Prevention in Early Child Care and Education Settings

CDC’s Early Care and Education State Indicator Report tracks state policies that aim to prevent obesity in child care settings. The 2016 report examines 15 measures, including assessing each state’s licensing regulations for high-impact obesity prevention standards. From 2011-2014, 25 states made licensing updates and all included obesity prevention. Mississippi leads the nation, meeting 15 of 47 high-impact obesity prevention standards. Details about the indicators and state success stories are available in the full report.


Data Source: Early Care and Education State Indicator Report, 2016.

* The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education identified 47 high-impact practices related to nutrition, infant feeding, and physical activity for helping children achieve a healthy weight.

White hexagons indicate that there are no data available for a state on that indicator.