Providence, Rhode Island 02903


Purpose:

Drs. Patricia Risica (Brown University) and Kim Gans (University of Connecticut) are Dual Principal Investigators for this project. The research team will first conduct formative research using focus groups and key-informant interviews of Family Child Care Home (FCCH) providers. This formative work will inform our adaptation of components of previous evidence-based interventions to create a new innovative intervention in both English and Spanish to improve food and PA environments of Family Child Care Homes (FCCH). The intervention will integrate: a) support from peer counselors with child care experience who will serve as team leaders for groups of FCCPs; b) tailored print and video materials; and c) a set of portable active toys. A cluster-randomized trial with 132 FCCH will evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention with a Steering Committee and Community Advisory Board guiding all aspects. The Specific Aims of the study are to: 1) Conduct formative research to inform the development and adaptation of the FCCH intervention. 2) Conduct a cluster-randomized trial of the intervention's efficacy with 66 FCCH providers and a control intervention with 66 demographically-matched FCCH providers to evaluate its impact on: a) Children's overall dietary quality at FCCHs; b) Children's PA and sedentary behaviors at FCCHs; and c) the physical and social food and PA environments of FCCHs. Evaluation methods will include survey data collection of the FCCH Providers; observation of children's' dietary intake and physical activity in FCCHs; recruitment of children within the FCCH for physical and survey measurement with permission from their parents.


Study summary:

Preschool years are critical times when dietary and PA behaviors are established and over 70% of U. S. children under the age of six attend out-of-home child care. Unhealthy food and PA behaviors contribute to the high prevalence rates of childhood obesity. Through this research study, our team will first conduct formative research using focus groups and key-informant interviews of Family Child Care Home (FCCH) providers. Partnering with Ready to Learn Providence the investigators will recruit FCCH providers to participate. The investigators will partner with Alison Tovar, PhD, (URI faculty) and her students to conduct interviews and discussion groups in English and Spanish. This formative work will inform our adaptation of components of previous evidence-based interventions to create a new innovative intervention in both English and Spanish to improve food and PA environments of Family Child Care Homes (FCCH). The intervention will integrate: a) support from peer counselors with child care experience who will serve as team leaders for groups of FCCPs; b) tailored print and video materials; and c) a set of portable active toys. A cluster-randomized trial with 132 FCCH and 396 children in their care will evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention with a Steering Committee and Community Advisory Board guiding all aspects. The Specific Aims of the study are to: 1) Conduct formative research to inform the development and adaptation of the FCCH intervention. 2) Conduct a cluster-randomized trial of the intervention's efficacy with 66 FCCH providers and a control intervention with 66 demographically-matched FCCH providers to evaluate its impact on: a) Children's overall dietary quality at FCCHs; b) Children's PA and sedentary behaviors at FCCHs; and c) the physical and social food and PA environments of FCCHs. Evaluation methods will include survey data collection of the FCCH Providers; observation of children's' dietary intake and physical activity in FCCHs(Partnering with Diane Ward, PhD (UNC faculty) and her student/staff member team); recruitment of children within the FCCH for physical and survey measurement with permission from their parents. The investigators will also conduct extensive mixed-methods process evaluation to determine fidelity, dose, acceptability, context, and unintended consequences; explore the relationship between outcome measures and intervention dose as well as with mediating/moderating variables, and explore the intervention effect on child BMI. If proven effective, this intervention has the potential to be replicated and widely disseminated throughout RI and the US, where improvements in the childcare environment are a high priority.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - operator of a FCCH - have at least 1 children in their care, - provide at least 2 meals/snacks to the children - ability to read and speak English or Spanish - expect to be in operation in a year - have a working phone - have either a DVD player or internet access through computer or phone Exclusion Criteria: - under 18 years of age - has no children in their care between the ages of 2 and 5 years old - child care will be closed for more than 1 month at a time in the forthcoming year. - does not prepare the food served by the children (children bring it from home).


NCT ID:

NCT02452645


Primary Contact:

Patricia M Risica, DrPH
Phone: 401-863-6553
Email: patricia_risica@brown.edu


Backup Contact:

Email: kim.gans@uconn.edu
Kim Gans
Phone: 860-486-1228


Location Contact:

Providence, Rhode Island 02903
United States

Leslie Gell

Site Status: Recruiting


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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