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Table 6 Attitudes regarding physical activity facilities and physical activity policies

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  
Physical activity facilities
ᅟThere is an on-site outdoor play area 95.3 4.7 -- -- 86.1 13.9 -- -- 100.0 0.0 -- -- .0039
ᅟThere is A LACK OF stationary playground equipment 1.9 11.2 29.0 57.9 2.78 19.44 25.00 52.78 1.5 5.8 30.4 62.3 .1373
ᅟThere is A LACK OF portable playground equipment 1.9 9.3 37.4 51.4 0.0 16.7 36.1 47.2 2.9 4.3 37.7 55.1 .1659
ᅟOur center has plenty of wheeled toys 37.4 41.1 17.8 3.7 22.2 52.8 19.4 5.6 46.4 34.8 15.9 2.9 .0794
ᅟThe outdoor play area has a large open space for group game 55.1 36.5 5.6 2.8 47.2 47.2 2.8 2.8 59.4 30.4 7.3 2.9 .5483
ᅟThere is an on-site indoor play area 30.8 25.2 24.3 19.6 33.3 36.1 11.1 19.4 30.4 18.8 30.4 20.3 .0970
ᅟMost play equipment is too expensive for our center to afford. 11.3 23.6 42.5 22.6 11.1 27.8 44.4 16.7 11.6 20.3 42.0 26.1 .3424
Physical activity policies
ᅟThere should be efforts to ensure there are physical activity standards at my center 61.0 31.4 5.7 1.9 65.7 31.4 2.9 0.0 60.3 29.4 7.4 2.9 .7657
ᅟI would support changes to state regulations that would establish increased physical activity standards at my center 48.5 40.4 5.0 6.1 50.0 44.1 2.9 2.9 48.4 37.5 6.3 7.8 .7345
ᅟMy teachers and staff would support changes that would establish increased standards for physical activity at my center 42.2 43.1 8.8 5.9 44.1 47.1 5.9 2.9 42.4 40.9 9.1 7.6 .8417
ᅟParents would support changes to state regulations that would promote increased physical activity at my center 30.1 52.7 9.7 7.5 21.9 65.6 6.3 6.3 35.0 45.0 11.7 8.3 .3307
ᅟStaff/teachers at my center will require information and training needed to implement changes to my center’s physical activity standards 26.7 43.6 24.7 5.0 35.3 44.1 20.6 0.0 23.1 43.1 26.1 7.7 .2709
  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