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Table 2 Unadjusted analyses examining barriers to serving healthier foods in ECE in CACFP and non-CACFP centers, n = 659

From: Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is associated with fewer barriers to serving healthier foods in early care and education

  Centers participating in CACFP (n = 362) Centers not participating in CACFP (n = 297)
Frequency (%)
No barriers 151 (42.9) 98 (35.1)
Barriers to serving healthier foods
 Not enough money to serve healthier meals and snacks 140 (39.7) 136 (48.6)
 Children do not like the taste of healthier meals and snacks 79 (22.4) 49 (17.5)
 Staff do not have time to prepare healthier meals and snacks 29 (8.2) 24 (8.6)
 Lack of control over what is delivered by food service provider 28 (7.9) 24 (8.6)
 Parents do not support the idea of serving children healthier meals and snacks 26 (7.4) 19 (6.8)
 Staff lack the knowledge to prepare healthier meals and snacks 16 (4.5) 16 (5.7)
Cost as top barrier 111 (56.9) 112 (66.3)
  Mean (SD)
Total number of barriers reported 0.93 (0.99) 1.04 (0.99)