This material was produced, in part, by the California Department of Public Health's Network for a Healthy California, in partnership with Contra Costa Child Care council using funds from USDA SNAP, known in California as CalFresh provides assistance to low-income households and can help buy nutritious foods for better health. Child Health & Nutrition Program,Paula James, Program Director
Developed by:Mary Ann Ferrera, BSN, MA, RN and Kitty Lenhart, MEd, RD
Self Assessment Questionnaire
(SAQ): A Part of CHOICE Creating
Healthy Opportunities in Child Care
The Self Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) is meant to be used by child care center directors, staff, and family child care providers as a first step to help develop and implement nutrition and physical activity policy. It is designed to be brief, easy to use, understand and interpret. It is meant to be a "snap shot" of your child care environment at the moment you are answering the questions.
1. The SAQ has 35 Best Practice statements, arranged in four categories:
* Nutrition: Feeding Practices
* Nutrition: Food Served
* Physical Activity
* Staff and Parent Training
2. The statements in three of the categories can be answered by choosing one of the four options:
* Already doing
* Making progress in doing
* Planning to do
* Not Planning to do
3. The statements in the category titled Nutrition: Food Served, reflect some common foods served in child care that are of particular concern or significance. The answers to these statements reflect frequency of times served, or kind of milk served to children under 2 years and older. Mark only one box.
4. Answer each question as it applies to your situation. Answers that match the best practice will be indicated by a green checkmark after you submit your assessment.
The completed SAQ will help to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the existing nutrition and physical activity at a child care site and then facilitate goal setting. After completing the SAQ, begin policy development using the Best Practices Manual. Using the SAQ with the Best Practices Manual is simple, and can motivate and assist in writing and implementing nutrition and physical activity policy to improve the health of the children in care.