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Table 4 Attitudes regarding food service providers and nutrition policies in childcare centers food service providers

From: The food and activity environments of childcare centers in Rhode Island: a directors’ survey

Question All centers (%) CACFP (%) Non-CACFP (%) p value*
  SA A D SD SA A D SD SA A D SD  
Food Service Providers
I have input on menus written by my food service provider 36.4 40.9 18.2 4.5 31.2 56.2 12.5 0.00 60.0 0.0 20.0 20.0 .0520
I am NOT satisfied with the quality of the food that my food service provider is providing to my center -- 4.5 59.1 36.4 -- 6.2 56.2 37.5 -- 0.0 60.0 40.0 1.000
In my opinion, the food provided by my food service provider is healthy 18.2 77.3 4.5 -- 12.5 87.5 0.0 -- 40.0 60.0 0.0 -- .2281
Nutrition Policies
There should be efforts made to ensure the nutritional quality of foods served 61.9 32.3 4.8 1.0 68.6 31.4 0.0 0.0 60.3 30.9 7.3 1.5 .3920
I would support changes to state regulations that would establish a new standard for improved nutritional quality of foods served 50.0 39.2 5.9 4.9 55.9 38.2 2.9 2.9 47.8 38.8 7.4 6.0 .7854
My center’s staff/teachers would support changes to state regulations that would establish a new standard for improved nutritional quality of food 44.7 44.7 5.8 4.8 44.1 47.1 5.9 2.9 46.2 41.8 6.0 6.0 .9408
Parents would support changes to state regulations that would establish a new standard for improved nutritional quality of food 31.3 50.0 12.5 6.3 28.1 56.3 9.4 6.3 33.3 46.0 14.3 6.4 .8409
Staff/teachers at my center will require information and training needed to implement changes to my center’s nutrition standards 28.7 39.6 24.8 6.9 32.4 38.2 23.5 5.9 27.7 40.0 24.6 7.7 .9762
  1. SA Strongly Agree, A Agree, D Disagree, SD Strongly Disagree
  2. *p value indicates Fisher’s Exact Test differences between the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and non-CACFP distributions for each variable
  3. --indicates no responses in that category