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Five Ways to Advocate in the New Year

January 1, 2024

Do you have New Years Resolutions to be more active in your community, improve your program, or make your voice heard? Read about five ideas to help you meet your goals.

Senate Partner Bill: Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act

November 14, 2023

The Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Casey to permanently:
• Increase reimbursement rates by 10 cent for each meal and snack
• Eliminate the tiering of family day care homes
• Allow family day care home providers to claim their own children’s meals for reimbursement
• Shift the calculation of family child care homes’ reimbursement from “food at home” to “food away from home” to align with centers

Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act of 2023 

October 26, 2023

On October 26, 2023 the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act was re-introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Congressman Marc Molinaro (R-NY). This legislation would allow providers who are open for more than 8 hours to be reimbursed for an additional meal.

Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act

September 19, 2023

Today, September 19, the Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Greg Landsman and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to permanently:
• Increase reimbursement rates by 10 cent for each meal and snack
• Eliminate the tiering of family day care homes
• Allow family day care home providers to claim their own children’s meals for reimbursement

NCA Joins Other National Organizations in Urging Congress to Extend the KKFA

June 30, 2023

As of June 30, 2023, the Keep Kids Fed Act (KKFA) has expired. However, NCA continues to advocate for the extension of these crucial provisions. NCA has signed a letter with other national organizations urging congress to extend the KKFA for another year.

Host Your Elected Official in August

May 17, 2023

During the entire month of August, every congressional representative will be back in their home state. Don’t miss this opportunity to advocate for CACFP! Showcasing your program is one of the most impactful ways to advocate for the CACFP. Invite your elected officials to visit your site in August.

Comment Requested – Revisions to Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020 DGAs

March 23, 2023

Based on feedback from our members, NCA has developed model comments to help you provide feedback to USDA about the Proposed Rule regarding changes to meal patterns to be consistent with the 2020 DGAs.

States, US Territories and Local Authorities Can Take Action by Issuing a Proclamation Declaring the 3rd Week of March (March 12-18, 2023) CACFP Week

February 22, 2023

States, US Territories and local authorities can bring recognition to the importance of the CACFP and its stakeholders by proclaiming the 3rd week of March as CACFP Week.

Comment Request – Special Milk Program for Children 

August 12, 2022

Comments are requested regarding the collection of information for the Special Milk Program for Children. Comments regarding this information collection received by August 24, 2022, will be considered.

Take Action Today- Support the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act

July 21, 2022

Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) announced the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Take Action Today – Support the Keep Kids Fed Act

June 23, 2022

TAKE ACTION NOW to support increased reimbursement for CACFP and the extension of the area eligibility waiver for family childcare homes. Call your Senators TODAY, then call your House Member and urge them to “Vote Yes” on the Keep Kids Fed Act, which will provide much-needed relief to providers and families across the country

USDA Seeks Public Comment on Questions for Future Dietary Guidelines

April 22, 2022

As the first step in the development process of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030, the USDA is releasing proposed scientific questions for public comment.

Calling for Extension of USDA Nationwide Waiver Authority

January 27, 2022

Please add your organization name to our national, state and local sign-on letter.

USDA seeks input for the 2023 Family Day Care Home Participation Study

January 24, 2022

Current and Former CACFP-participating daycare homes are asked to provide feedback. Deadline: February 28, 2022

Endorse the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act of 2021

November 9, 2021

Show your organization’s support for an additional/meal or snack in a full day of care as well as other policy priorities.

USDA Publishes Federal Register Notice for Public Input on Racial Justice and Equity

July 1, 2021

Submit your comments to USDA by July 15th.

NCA Endorses The Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2021

April 22, 2021

NCA is pleased to see many of its policy priorities addressed in this bill.

USDA Listening Session

January 14, 2021

Members of the CACFP Community were invited to share their experiences, ideas, and thoughts about how USDA can help serve adults in the CACFP.

Emergency Relief Open House

December 22, 2020

Members of the CACFP Community were invited to attend three open houses hosted by NCA to learn about the Emergency Relief package for CACFP that was included in the COVID-19 Relief Bill.

Comment Requested: Proposed Rule

December 1, 2020

Members of the CACFP Community are asked to comment on the proposed rule offering flexibilities in serving flavored milk.

Report: COVID Impact on the CACFP

August 4, 2020

Over 2000 operators across the country responded to a survey about the Impact COVID-19 on the CACFP community.

Action Requested: COVID Impact on CACFP

July 16, 2020

Members of the CACFP Community were asked to send letters to their representatives in Congress, the White House, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for immediate financial support for the CACFP community.

Action Requested: Financial Relief for the CACFP Community Needed

May 19, 2020

Members of the CACFP Community are asked to send letters to Senate and the White House to support for the legislation included in the Heroes Act.

Comment Requested: Grain-Based Desserts

April 15, 2020

Members of the CACFP Community were asked to submit comments on whether or not to allow grain-based desserts in the CACFP.

Action Requested: CACFP Support Urgently Needed in the NEXT Economic Stimulus Plan

March 21, 2020

Members of the CACFP Community are asked to send letters to Senate and House congressional members to request emergency relief funds.