Early Care and Education Working Group

The Early Care and Education working group focuses on improving the health of young children through improved research and practice in out-of-home care settings. The working group is a collaborative effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research (HER) and Active Living Research (ALR) programs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) and Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN). The mission of the ECE working group is to build a network of researchers and leaders from academia, non-profit organizations, government, and other funding agencies to increase the amount and quality of research and evaluation in the area of childhood obesity prevention in the early care and education setting, and to support and facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies. Special emphasis is placed on equity and addressing the needs of the lower-income and racial/ethnic minority populations at highest risk for obesity.


Kathryn Henderson, Ph.D.
Director of School and Community Initiatives and Research Scientist
Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
Yale University

Dianne S. Ward, Ed.D.
Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Karen M. Kaphingst, MPH
Deputy Director, RWJF Healthy Eating Research
University of Minnesota School of Public Health

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NOPREN Project Period: 2011-2014 NOPREN is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001946.  The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent that official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.