Early Care and Education

The Early Care and Education (ECE) Special Interest Group serves to support existing ECE researchers and researchers with emerging interests in physical activity, sedentary behaviors and nutrition during the early childhood period.

The ECE SIG will serve as a source of communication, information sharing, and collaboration among researchers whose goals are to improve the young child’s health, growth and development through healthy eating, regular physical activity and minimizing sedentary behaviors. 
A major focus of this SIG is children’s engagement in out of home child care whether infant care, nursery school, preschool, kindergarten, child care centers, family homes, and other relevant organizational settings. However, the SIG will also include issues related to family and community factors that affect the health and well-being of children during this important developmental period. 

SIG Co-Chairs:

Dianne Ward, Ed.D.
Professor, Department of Nutrition
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Chapel Hill, USA
dsward@email.unc.edu
 
Pooja Tandon, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Center for Child Health, Behavior, & Development, General Pediatrics
Seattle Children’s and University of Washington
Seattle, USA
Pooja.tandon@seattlechildrens.org
 

Secretary:

Stephanie Mazzucca
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Nutrition
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Chapel Hill, USA
mazzucca@unc.edu