Submitted by Midwest Child Care Association - CACFP take ACTION Challenge - Group 5
Earlier this month, the CEO of Midwest Child Care Association was talking to her staff and others about the CACFP take ACTION Challenge, a Child and Adult Care Food Program awareness initiative. ‘While thinking about which challenges to promote we realized how much our CACFP program was growing but in different ways than we had expected, said Ms. Phelan”. She and her staff decided their first challenge was to write a blog with a few pictures about the changes in their Nebraska CACFP program. They also wanted to show how special and valuable their providers and the Child and Adult Care Food Program are to their community.
In 2008, Midwest Child Care Association started sponsoring the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for child care centers as well as family child care homes. It seemed a good time as they began to experience a decline in their family child care homes. Midwest sent in the center application and finally received approval from the state of Nebraska. Next was the announcement of this new addition to their program. “We were pleasantly surprised when some family child care providers called to tell us they were thinking of starting a child care center and would we sponsor them as a center. Would we ever! So, what happened here was a big surprise, family child care providers changing their home license to a center license and so some of our first clients were not existing centers, but new ones.
Once the home providers became child care centers, we switched them over to our Center CACFP Program. Many of these home providers had been with Midwest for years and had slowly built up their clientele. It was interesting how easy it was for them to switch from the Home Food Program to the Center Food Program. They were already familiar with the meal patterns, visits and regulations. They would use a similar version of food program management software that they used for their home license, so the transition was short and painless.
Since that time, some of these former home providers have gone beyond owning just one center to owning two or even three centers. Midwest is very proud of their accomplishments and we salute them. Salute them not only as small business owners but also as people who are making a difference for our young children and their health and wellbeing. Not to mention the contribution they make to their communities in so many ways every day. We also like to think that we played a small part in some of the providers’ decisions to grow their child care business. We applaud them and invite you to do the same thing.
In the end, we again learned that the Child Care profession and the Child and Adult Care Food Program are changing in ways we didn't expect and hence, we all have changed. Technology, Websites, Facebook, Blogs, Challenges, Rating Systems, Parent Need, Health and Wellness. So, many changes that Ms. Phelan has developed a workshop about the topic for CACFP Sponsors... “Your Future Is Calling”.
First CACFP take ACTION Challenge Complete for Midwest Child Care Association! Which one is next?
To find out more about Midwest Child Care Association in Nebraska, visit them here.
To find out more about the CACFP take ACTION Challenge, visit us here.
To find out more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program visit USDA
To find out more about advocating for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Child Nutrition, visit FRAC.