Please take some time to check out this 3:30-minute video developed by Child Care Aware of America and Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. It discusses the topic of “Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood educators earn so little?” The scenario in the video is center-based but the ideas carry over to daycare homes. As we face a child care crisis in Minnesota we need to find ways to support our early childhood providers and educators!
Useful CACFP Links
- Child Meal Patterns
- Infant Meal Patterns
- CACFP Menu Planning Guide
- This is the list of “exempt” formulas established by the FDA. Any child who is using any of the formulas listed here must have a Special Diet Statement on file for the provider to receive reimbursement for serving the formula.
- CACFP calculator for yogurt, breakfast cereal, and milk.
- CACFP Meal Pattern Implementation Library. This is stocked with menu ideas from sponsors all around the country along with help sheets and handouts on all topics for the new meal patterns implemented October 1, 2017.
- USDA’s Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs
- MyPlate grains group information and ounce equivalents chart
- USDA recorded training webinars and sign up for live webinars
Are you currently a provider participating on the CACFP with CCNI and need forms? Check out our forms library! All forms are available for download, or if you would like us to mail you a supply, contact us or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Team Nutrition
- Help Me Grow – Minnesota
- Child Care Aware – Minnesota
- Assure Child Care – Child Care Insurance
- USDA – CACFP for Family Day Care Homes
- Minnesota Department of Education – CACFP
- CCNI Facebook Page
- Visit our YouTube Channel
- Follow us on Pinterest (be patient with us – we’re just getting started here!)
Farm to Child Care
Interested in learning more about Farm to Child Care!? Check out this link for many awesome resources!
Listed here are some GREAT websites for Free Activities.
- Jumpstart includes apps for smartphones and printable coloring and activity sheets. Resources are broken down by age group, and there is something for everyone.
- Smarter Lunchrooms Movement This is geared mainly toward school settings, but has helpful information under the “Score Card & Tools” tab that providers can use, such as the “Creative, Fun, and Descriptive Names”.
- www.123child.com Includes free activity ideas
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Grow It, Try It, Like It!
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits – peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables – spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.