State licensing regulations on screen time in childcare centers: An impetus for participatory action research

Amanda E. Staiano, Andrew T. Allen, Whitney Fowler, Jeanette Gustat, Maura M. Kepper, Leslie Lewis, Corby K. Martin, Jessica St Romain, E. Kipling Webster

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Background: New licensing regulations require Louisiana early care and education centers (ECEs) to limit children’s screen time and increase physical activity. A community– academic partnership involving academic, community, government, and ECE stakeholders launched two initiatives: (1) an evaluation of the implementation of licensing regulations at the local level and (2) a statewide effort to develop technical assistance for ECE directors. Objectives: To describe the methods and lessons learned and to establish recommendations based on this ongoing participatory action research. Methods: A case study approach was used to identify the lessons learned and recommendations thus far, based on partners’ perspectives and ECE directors’ participation. Lessons Learned: Recommendations include to share power and funding among stakeholders, to engage directors as partners to overcome recruitment challenges, and to start with the end in mind to ensure meaningful community engagement. Conclusions: This participatory action approach is leading to innovative, feasible strategies to increase children’s physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-109
Number of pages9
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue numberSpecial Issue
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Child care
  • Child development
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Electronic devices
  • Physical activity
  • Policy
  • Preschool child
  • Southeastern United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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