Imagine our surprise and delight at the NAFCC Institute's announcement of the 2016 Let's Move! Child Care Innovator Award Winners. Two of the three awardees Pamela Garlich of California and Tracy Ehlert of Iowa are CACFP take ACTION Challengers and one of them an attendee of the National CACFP Family Child Care Provider Leadership Institute. We were so proud listening to the presentation, especially when Tracy took the opportunity to promote CACFP and the CACFP take ACTION Challenge. "Tracy has incorporated nutrition resources into her program, such as MyPlate Emergent Readers, Make Today a Try Day, Grow It-Try It-Like It, and Color Me Healthy. She makes water available at all times, and serves very little juice (usually at breakfast time) and follows CACFP's guidelines on milk. No soda, sports drinks or anything other than milk, water or 100% fruit juice are served to children in her care.
Tracy has also been working on the CACFP take ACTION Challenge and has had a great time completing various challenges. Tracy says the CACFP Take Action Challenge helped her dive into the health and nutrition aspect of her program and re-evaluate it. She says she was already doing a good job, but because of the challenge she is doing even better and feels much more enthusiasm from her students about health and nutrition. She has also learned about many more resources than she knew were out there! We learned from her CACFP sponsor agency that she “does an excellent job with the program and is willing to talk with new providers and assist with training sessions!”
Honestly, we were just thrilled sitting out in the audience listening to Samantha Marshall, Co-Chair of the Institute read Tracy's comments about CACFP and the challenge. You can't imagine our surprise when we heard CACFP take ACTION Challenge.
Pamela Garlich is already registered for the upcoming CACFP FCC Leadership Institute and told me how much she liked last years event. She was so excited and honored to be receiving this award from the Let's Move, Child Care Campaign.She noted in her comments; to get the kids moving, Pamela creates obstacle courses with fun noodles, stepping blocks, crawling tunnels, slides, bubbles, cones & balls.And, during transition activities, the children hop, skip, spin, crawl. She also encourages children to be physically activity during story time. She has children act out the story by pretending to be the characters. For example, when reading The Three Little Pigs children will build a house, using their arms and will run to the next house to escape from the wolf. Don't you love that.
Thank you for participating in our initiatives Pamela and Tracy and for being the CACFP Child Care professionals and leaders that you are. Such an honor to be working with you and your programs.