nationally representative survey (e.g., how to frame questions) and could supplement such a survey.

Next Steps for the FNS: How Can We Do a Better Job Feeding Our Nation’s Children?

USDA will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to carry out the research commissioned by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The agency will use the information presented during this workshop to guide its development of the RFP and decision making about which questions to address first and which methodologies might be helpful for addressing those questions.

Hirschman encouraged workshop participants and other experts in the field to become involved, if not by way of proposal submission then perhaps by helping contractors prepare their proposals, serving on an advisory panel to the contractor (FNS studies have advisory panels that provide advice to the researchers throughout the course of the study), or serving as a reviewer of interim deliverables (e.g., reviewing survey questionnaires before they are distributed). Improving child nutrition, while also combating overweight and obesity, poor nutritional habits, and the high levels of food insecurity and hunger in America, is, in Hirschman’s words, “something that we all have to work on.”

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Helburn, S. W. 1995. Cost, quality and child outcomes in child care centers. Denver: University of Colorado.

Monsivais, P., and D. B. Johnson. 2012. Improving nutrition in home child care: Are food costs a barrier? Public Health Nutrition 15(2):370-376.



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