Nutrition Education Resources in North Carolina–Based Head Start Preschool Programs: Administrator and Teacher Perceptions of Availability and Use

Sarah Lisson, L. Suzanne Goodell, Dipti Dev, Kristi Wilkerson, Archana V. Hegde, Virginia C. Stage

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Abstract

Objective The purpose of this study was to provide new insight into common barriers to the availability and use of nutrition education (NE) resources in Head Start preschool programs based on administrator and teacher perceptions. Methods In-depth, semistructured phone interviews (n = 63) were conducted with administrators (n = 31) and teachers (n = 32) from North Carolina–based Head Start programs. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed qualitatively using content analysis to identify common themes. Results Five emergent themes were identified within the areas of NE resource availability and use and barriers to NE resource availability and use. Participants expressed desire for greater organization of existing NE material resources, increased community support, and professional development opportunities for teachers specific to NE. Funding and time constraints were reported as affecting NE resources. Conclusions and Implications Creative strategies for addressing NE resource availability and use and barriers (eg, NE integration with educational standards) in Head Start are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-663.e1
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Head Start
  • administrators
  • children
  • nutrition education resources
  • qualitative
  • teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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