CHEERS for Child Care is an evidenced-based valid and reliable tool for early learning and child care programs to measure their food environment. It is the first of its kind in Canada and is now ready for piloting.
The following is a selection of CHEERS publications:
Early childhood educator well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study and emic perspective. Lafave, L., Webster, A. D., & McConnell, C. (2022). In Pattnaik, J. Renck Jalongo, M. (Eds.), The impact of COVID-19 on early childhood education and care. Educating the young child., vol. 18, pp. 193–212. Springer, Cham https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-96977-6_10
Impact of COVID-19 on Early Childhood Educator’s Perspectives and Practices in Nutrition and Physical Activity: A Qualitative Study. Lafave, L., Webster, A.D., & McConnell, C. Early Childhood Educ J 49, 935–945 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01195-0
Creating a healthy eating and active environment survey (CHEERS) for childcare: an inter-rater, intra-rater reliability and validity study. Lafave, L. BMC Public Health 19, 1384 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7719-8
Content Validity for a Child Care Self-assessment Tool: Creating Healthy Eating Environments Scale (CHEERS). Lafave, L., Tyminski, S., Riege, T., Hoy, D., & Dexter, B. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 77(2), 89-92 (2016). https://doi.org/10.3148/cjdpr-2015-041
Reliability assessment of the CHEERS child care self-assessment tool. Lafave, L., Tyminski, S., Hoy, D., Dexter, B., Riege, T., & Seguin, L. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice & Research, 76,3 (2015).