Policy Summary

This section sets various "Healthy Initiative" requirements for childcare facilities, including for nutrition menus, infant feeding standards and training; as well as requirements for physical activity and screen time limits. The law requires that the city monitor and disclose to the public each childcare facility's compliance with the requirements, but does not require compliance for childcare licensing. Subject to some exemptions, meals and snacks served must satisfy the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns for infants and children, and childcare facilities must maintain records of the same. Childcare facilities are also required to provide a private, designated location, other than a restroom, for breastfeeding, which must be maintained in a sanitary condition, with access to an electrical outlet, chair and near running water.

Background Information

State Idaho
Jurisdiction Name Boise
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Food System Category Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

See references to "children," "infant," and "breastfeeding." § 3-6-17.

Health-related goal?

See, e.g., references to "nutrition," "Child and Adult Care Food Program," and "breastfeeding." § 3-6-17.

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

The law references "the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns for infants and children." References to federal nutrition programs are ordinarily enough to indicate an economic goal linkage for purposes of this database, but here CACFP is referenced only as a meal pattern standard rather than, e.g., tied to increasing access to the program. § 3-6-17.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Although compliance with the requirements of section 3-6-17 is not required for childcare facility licensing, the provision is found within the city's childcare licensing chapter. Section 3-6-2 provides the following purpose statement for that chapter: "The purpose of City's Childcare Licensing Program is to promote a childcare environment where children receive safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate care." § 3-6-2.

Includes definitions?

§ 3-6-5.


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