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June 2017
New Meal Pattern Training Tools
These colorful and engaging materials from USDA can be used to empower Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and operators with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to implement the updated CACFP meal pattern requirements that are effective starting October 1, 2017. 
Download Milk Worksheet

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2018 Nutrition Training Program
Featuring the new CACFP meal patterns, each month of our 2018 Nutrition Calendar will highlight one of the newly implemented rules in addition to relevant recipes, snacks, activities, nutrition education, and CACFP Best Practices.

Includes New Meal Pattern Training Module and Monthly Parent Newsletters

We print to order and sales close June 15, 2017 with delivery by August 31.  Learn More

Father's Day Activities

NCA has created activity newsletters for member organizations to share with child care providers and centers for both their use and for them to share with families -- connecting CACFP to quality child care. To distribute, simply click on the newsletter, save the file to your desktop and email them directly to your providers or print and deliver them at your next visit. 

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Tennesee CACFP Featured 
At Annoor Academy, the preschool will tell you, "We want what is best for our students. They need to eat well and be healthy. We have to not only teach the children, but also teach the parents how to make good choices for a healthy life style." Family Home Provider Janet Wade says, "This just comes naturally to me. I love it and I enjoy working hard, encouraging the children to be creative and to continually create new ideas and opportunities so that learning is fun."

Board of Directors Elections
We are excited to share the slate of nominees for the National CACFP Sponsors Association Board of Directors. The experience, talent, passion, and commitment these women share for the CACFP is inspiring. Later this month, NCA member organizations which are CACFP sponsors will receive a nominations letter, slate of candidates, and official ballot which will need to be returned, postmarked by July 20, 2017. 

Denise Andrews, Angie Dyson, Rhonda Kobylecky
Ekta Patel, Robin Paul, Pat Siergiey
Promoting Water in CACFP
NCA Board Member, Kati Wagner, recently attended the National Drinking Water Alliance meeting held at the Childhood Obesity Conference. The CACFP new meal patterns starting October 1, 2017, indicate that centers and homes must also make water readily available to children at different times during the day. The National Drinking Water Alliance has resources you can share! 

Local Food for Little Eaters: A Purchasing Toolbox for CACFP
This toolbox is designed to help early care providers purchase local food for their programs. It gives step-by-step instructions for purchasing from a variety of local food sources. These instructions include successful strategies and examples of how early childhood programs nationwide are purchasing local food. The resource also includes tools that explain how local food purchasing works with CACFP guidelines, with additional promising strategies from other programs. Each of the tools in this toolbox can be used individually or together as a set. Wherever practitioners are in their journey toward offering local food, whether a brand new program or seasoned farm to ECE practitioner, these tools can help!
Humane Society Shares Meat-Free Recipes for CACFP
Searching for meat free recipes that meat the meal pattern for the Child and Adult Care Food Program? The Humane Society has a some great #CACFPCreditable recipes available for including Amazing Lo Mein, Chana Masala, Fiesta Rice & Beans Bowl, Spectacular Sweet Potato Enchiladas, and Tropical Tofu & Pineapple with Rice. 
CACFP Job Board
Do you have a job opportunity in your child nutrition program you would like to share with the CACFP Community? Please contact us and we'll get a short summary and link to your application posted on our website. Email Job Posting

Looking for a position? Check our website! Be sure to get a competitive advantage and get your CACFP Professional Certification!  Learn More 

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