The sentence take a picture tell a story is really ringing true for the CACFP ACTIONEERS. If you haven't been following the challenge, see what some of your fellow CACFP colleagues have been up to in July. I say some because I cannot put all of them in this blog. This month a congressman wrote back to a provider about her letter regarding the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, a provider and her Awesome CACFP sign being held up by the Mayor of her town, the children and a provider in Iowa that wrote and sang a "CACFP is Awesome" song! How about the provider that sent a paper plate campaign to Washington D.C. or an entire NAFCC Conference that advocated and campaigned for CACFP and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, the beautiful edible gardens and the harvesting. The CACFP Sponsors that took the Summer Splash Challenge, who walked, went to state wide training's and meetings, that played the where in the world is the #CACFPtac wristband game, took to social media, did the Presidents Challenge, wore children's aprons for a training,CACFP paper reduction, took us on monitoring visits, who had a visit from Senator Bob Casey, who wrote Grow Fit Celebration guides and did a weight loss challenge. Iowa, California, Michigan,Connecticut, North Carolina and Oregon are some states to watch! Join me as we take a look at a few CACFP ACTIONEERS and their CACFPtac! Look @ pictures below...
Join the thousands of early education and child care providers who have already committed to Let’s Move! Child Care by signing up at Healthy Kids Future.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity: family child care, child care centers, schools, faith-based and community-based organizations, parents, and officials from all levels of government.
PennState Extension Better Kid Care Online Let's Move! Child Care Training is available and it's now a CACFP take ACTION Challenge. CACFP Sponsors and Child Care Providers use this great opportunity to contribute to children's health and wellness by incorporating five healthy goals in your programs.
CACFP: Introduce Lets Move! Child Care (LMCC) to your CACFP Child Care Providers Centers or Homes?
CACFP: Are you thinking you are too busy as a provider or as a sponsor to participate?
Promotional Resources: Let's Move! Child Care: At A Glance Flyer Sponsors Steps to CACFP Gold with LMCC
Below you will see some of the recent CACFP Challengers and the stars in the map represent the areas that challenges have been coming from all over the country. Your name missing and you sent a challenge in this week, email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out some of the new challenges and challengers at www.cacfptakeactionchallenge.org your CACFP awareness campaign. Five weeks to go, get in your challenges and be CACFP Recognized and maybe even surprised! States in the lead for CACFP Recognition are Iowa, California, Oregon and Connecticut, Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan.
SBCEO Just for Kids State Preschool
A Better Choice Preschool, Inc.
Agora Islamic Academy
Alliance for Children
Alouette Childcare (Dupre Family Childcare)
Angeles' Family Child Care
Apple Valley Family Child Care
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Association for Child Development - Illinois
Association for Child Development - Michigan
Babies 2 Kids Learning Center
Bright Star's Daycare and Preschool
Brighton Training Group
California Department of Education
California Food Policy Advocates
Catholic Charities of Maine
Catholic Charities of Pennsylvania
CDA Food Program
CDA San Deigo
CDP Santa Barbara County Education Office
Child Care Aware/The Family Conservancy
Child Care Council of Nassau
Child Care Food Program for Day Care Homes and Centers
Child Care Food Program Roundtable
Child Development Associates CACFP
Child Development Associates Child Care Food Progam Homes and Centers
Child Development Associates, Inc.
The Child Development Assoicates Program
Child Development Programs SBCEO
Child Development Associates CACFP
Child Development Associates San Diego CA
Child Nutrition Program of Southern California
Child Start, Head Start Mariposa
Childrens Hunger Alliance
Children's Paradise Inc.
Children's Hunger Alliance
City of Santa Fe Springs
Clarendon Early Educational Services, INC
Coastal Community Action, Inc
Community Action of Southeast Iowa CACFP
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Comprehensive Child Development Inc., Food Program Dept.
Concilio Child Development Centers-Nati Fuentes Centro de Ninos
Contra Costa Child Care Council
Cozy Care Nursery School and Childcare
Creative Development Child Care
Jordon's Family Daycare
Early Connections Inc
Early Connections West Side
ECS Head Start
Encompass Community Services
Fairfax County CACFP
Fairfax County USDA FP
Fairfax County, Office for Children
Fairyland Family Child Care
Family Resource & Referral Center
Family Resource and Referral Services
Garlich Family Child Care
Grace Family Child Care
Granna Chan's Daycare
Hume Family Child Care
Community Action of Southeast Iowa CACFP
Illinois Child Care Bureau
Kathy Crisco's Home Daycare
Kausha's Family Childcare
Kidz Rock Childcare
Kind Hearts Day Care
KinderCare Education LLC
Korean American Family Services
Jordon Family Child Care
Learning Care Group
Lil Tots Prime Tyme Child Care
Little Stars Preschool
Little Tots Prime Tyme
Midwest Child Care Association
Ms. Becca's Place
Nelson Family Child Care
North Bay Children's Center
North County Community Services
Our Future Scholars
Opportunities for Chenango, Inc
Penny & Lacey's Child Care
PHFE Angels CCFP
Polk County CACFP
Revea's Family Childcare
Santa Barbara County Education Office
Santa Maria Cal-Safe
Santa Ynez Valley State Preschool
SBCEO CHILD DEVELOPMENT
SBCEO-La Honda State Preschool
Shipp's Shapes Preschool/ Childcare
Shunk Child Care
Stay & Play Early Learning Center
T&L Foundation for Child Care Information
The National CACFP Forum
The Resource Connection
Tina's Licensed Child Care
Tonya Moore Family Child Care
Young Learners Preschool
MomRising.org/MamasConPoder.org cohosted a bilingual chat on July 7, 2016 at the #EalryEdChat hashtag on Twitter with their guest, the Partnership for a Healthier America. Discussing results for PHA's recent polling on parent priorities in childcare settings, and engaged both parents and partner organization on the discussion.
They had a great turnout including us on this session about nutrition and learning priorities. The highest yet, we have been told, reaching 380,672 accounts for over 15 million potential readers. Those participating included CCFP Roundtable, CACFP take ACTION Challenge, Kinder Care Education, Learning Care Group, ChildCareInfo.com, Association for Child Development, Every Child Matters, Bloggers and so many more. Join them they have a different guest or topic every week. #EarlyEdChat. Read some of the #EarlyEdChats on Storify
We received an email today from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Let's Move! Child Care.Just in case you missed it. Take a look, the CCFP Roundtable, the CACFP take ACTION Challenge and Babies 2 Kids Learning Center, Tracy Ehlert were featured.
JOIN THE CHALLENGE TODAY!
Did you know everyone is invited to participate to take part in “The CACFP take ACTION Challenge”? The Challenge began in October 2015 and is going strong! For those who are unfamiliar with the CACFP take ACTION Challenge, it is an awareness campaign designed to educate, rally and energize the public and CACFP participants. Mr. Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the United States Department of Agriculture, will be recognizing CACFP take ACTION Challenge Gold at the CCFP Roundtable Conference October 17-19, 2016.
There is still time to participate and work your way towards CACFP Gold! There are several ways you can earn points through Let’s Move! Child Care. All you need to do is complete the steps below and submit the corresponding documents and/or photos to the CACFP take ACTION Challenge website.
1) Register for LMCC and submit your “participant certificate”
To register, click on the “Register Now” button. In the last question of registration, it will ask you for a promo code. Please fill in: cacfptac
After you complete registration, you’ll receive the “participant certificate.” Upload and submit this document.
2) Take the LMCC checklist quiz and submit your results.
3) If you are fully meeting all best practices you’ll receive a “recognition award.” Upload and submit this document
4) Complete and submit your Action Plan.
5) Post LMCC flyers about the five healthy goals in your center or family home and submit a photograph of it being displayed.
All documents and photos should be uploaded to the CACFP take ACTION Challenge (“Group 1: CACFP take ACTION Launch”)
CACFP Sponsors: get your providers signed up, support their work toward LMCC’s five healthy goals, and get on the road to CACFP Gold! There is still time! ¡A Moverse! En Cuidado de Niños.
E-mail LMCCHelp@cdc.gov for assistance
MENU PLANNING TOOLS
Looking for quick and easy guidance about improving the meals you serve at your center or family home? The Minnesota Department of Education has great menu planning tools to help centers and family homes provide healthy and nutritious food for children. The “Menu Planning in Three Easy Steps” and “Menu Planning Tip Cards” are user friendly and can help you plan and build menus, evaluate your menus, reduce waste, and spend less on fruits and vegetables. Check them out today and start planning!
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES EVERY DAY! Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a child’s diet, but most children are not eating the recommended amount each day. Fruits and vegetables provide many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Dark colored vegetables are particularly important because they contain more vitamins and minerals.
Introducing fruits and vegetables to children when they are young will help them develop taste preferences for these healthy foods. Remember to be patient; children may need to be exposed to new foods up to 8-10 times before they consider the new food to be normal.
Here are some tips to make food more fun and appealing:
RECOGNIZING SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS
Tracy Ehlert from Babies 2 Kids Learning Center in Iowa is working hard to complete the CACFP take ACTION Challenge and is having fun while doing so! Ms. Ehlert says the CACFP take ACTION Challenge helped her dive into the health and nutrition aspect of her family child care program and re-evaluate it. Participating in the challenge helped her enhance the healthy practices in her program and she 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!
Ms. Ehlert has a garden with produce and uses it to teach children about food, where it comes from, and with the added bonus of children eating it when it’s in season! She makes water available at all times, and serves very little juice (usually at breakfast time) and follows CACFP's guidelines on milk (Infant Guidelines and Children Guidelines). No soda, sports drinks or anything other than milk, water or 100% fruit juice are served to children in her care.
Tracy has incorporated several 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. Check these resources out today and be sure to participate in the CACFP take ACTION Challenge!
Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) is a nationwide call-to-action to empower early education and child care providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime. LMCC goals focus on physical activity, screen time, food, beverages, and infant feeding. The public and private partners supporting LMCC include the Office of the First Lady, White House Domestic Policy Council, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Nemours, Child Care Aware of America, and University of North Carolina.
For more information and help, please email us at LMCCHelp@cdc.gov.
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.
Dear CACFP Sponsors, Staff, Participants and Advocates
State agencies should not be able to terminate Sponsors for convenience without the Sponsor’s consent. Now that USDA has re-opened the comment period, we have another 30 days to focus and redouble our efforts to ensure a good implementation.
Click here to ensure that USDA protects access to the program by limiting State agency terminations for convenience!
We reject the notion that a government agency should have the option of terminating access to an entitlement program for “convenience” without the consent of the terminated party. Accordingly, we are requesting the following changes to the proposed regulations:
It is essential that we do not miss this chance to urge USDA to clarify the use of termination for convenience by State agencies.
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CACFP take ACTION Challenge and Brighton Training Group announced today the latest National CACFP take ACTION challenge. Brighton Training Group will be participating in the challenge in three ways:
Brighton Training Group is located in Lewisburg, PA and offer online training & tracking systems for child nutrition program administrators.
CACFP take ACTION Brighton Training Group Civil Rights Challenge Training Link
CACFP take ACTION Challenge - Complete your Challenge and then Submit for CACFP Gold!
“Esta es mi pasión. Esta es mi misión. Estoy determinada a trabajar con personas a través del país para cambiar la manera en que una generación de niños piensa sobre la comida y nutrición.” La Primera Dama Michelle Obama
Únete a los miles de proveedores de educación y cuidado infantil que ya se han comprometido con Let’s Move! Child Care. Regístrate hoy en www.HealthyKidsHealthyFuture.org Los proveedores de educación y cuidado infantil en quarderías y hogares familiares a través de la nación se han unido a Let’s Move! Child Care. Let’s Move! Child Care es una iniciativa de la Primera Dama que promueve la salud de los niños fomentando y apoyando prácticas de alimentación y actividad física más saludables por medio de las 5 metas que se identifican a continuación.
Dado que más del 25% de los niños entre las edades de 2 a 5 años en los Estados Unidos están sobrepeso u obesos, las comunidades de educación y cuidado infantil tienen un gran papel en los esfuerzos por resolver la crisis de obesidad infantil, apoyar el desarrollo saludable de los niños y prevenir el desarrollo de enfermedades crónicas.
Las metas de Let’s Move! Child Care son:
1. Actividad física: Dedica 1-2 horas de actividad física cada día, que incluyan tiempo activo dentro y al aire libre cuando sea posible.
2. Tiempo de exposición frente a la pantalla: Ningún tiempo frente a la pantalla de televisión o camputadora para niños menores de 2 años. Para los niños de 2 años de edad y mayores, esfuérzate a limitar el tiempo frente a la pantalla a un máximo de 30 minutos a la semana durante su cuidado y trabaja con los padres y cuidadores para asegurar que los niños no pasen más de 1 a 2 horas frente a la pantalla al día (según lo recomienda la Academia Americana de Pediatría).
3. Comida: Añade frutas y verduras a cada comida. Trata de servir todas las comidas de modo familiar cuando sea posible y de no servir comidas fritas.
4. Bebidas: Ten accesible agua para beber durante el día y no sirvas bebidas azucaradas. Para los niños de dos años en adelante, sirve sólo leche de 1% o leche desnatada/sin grasa y limita la ingestión de jugo 100% de fruta a 4-6 onzas por día como máximo.
5. Alimentación de los bebés: Para las madres que desean continuar la lactancia materna, permite que la mamá continue lactando a su bebé en la guardería a lo largo del día y proveer la leche materna a sus hijos.