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Meal Pattern: Crediting Yogurt as Fluid Milk

February 2, 2023

Yogurt – does it credit as a meat/meat alternate or a fluid milk?

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Experiences of Early Child Care and Education Operators During the Pandemic

February 1, 2023

In December 2022, the Indiana University CACFP Project Team released a report describing the child nutrition and care provision experiences among early care and education (ECE) stakeholders, sponsors, and center directors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was conducted in four states and a variety of ECE stakeholders participated. The study identifies six common experiences among ECE stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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National CACFP Week is Coming Up – Are You Ready?

January 31, 2023

National CACFP Week is March 12-18,2023. What can you do to celebrate?

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CACFP Required Annual Training FY2023

January 31, 2023

The CACFP plays a vital role in nutrition equity for children and adults in centers and day care homes by providing access to healthful meals. Sponsors and providers are critical for the continued success of this program. The required annual training in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a critical component in…

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Facilitators and Barriers to FCCH Enrollment in CACFP

January 30, 2023

In December 2022, the Indiana University CACFP Project Team released a report describing the facilitators and barriers to CACFP participation by family child care homes (FCCHs). The report concludes with suggestions for potential strategies to promote participation in the CACFP by FCCHs. The study was conducted in two states, Arizona and New York, that have varying levels of CACFP participation. The study outlines the facilitators and barriers to FCCHs’ enrollment in CACFP and recommends a few strategies to increase participation.

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Sponsoring Organizations Well-Positioned to Apply for WIC Outreach Subgrants

January 27, 2023

Apply for WIC outreach funding! Sponsoring organizations are well placed to do great WIC outreach, as they have large networks of providers with whom they can disseminate WIC information. Providers will then have the information they need to share with the families they serve who may be eligible to participate in WIC.

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National CACFP Week is Coming Up – Are You Ready?

January 31, 2023

National CACFP Week is March 12-18,2023. What can you do to celebrate?

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CACFP Required Annual Training FY2023

January 31, 2023

The CACFP plays a vital role in nutrition equity for children and adults in centers and day care homes by providing access to healthful meals. Sponsors and providers are critical for the continued success of this program. The required annual training in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a critical component in…

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Free Webinar: New Year, New Recipes!

January 9, 2023

We are starting 2023 off right with some brand new, CACFP-approved recipes. Join us on Zoom for this fun, free webinar!

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Webinar: How to Make Your Recipe CACFP Creditable

November 14, 2022

We want you to be empowered to turn any healthy recipe into a creditable one. Join us on Thursday, December 15, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern for How to Credit Recipes in the CACFP.

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Free Racial Justice Webinar with Sesame Street in Communities

October 31, 2022

On Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 PM EST, the National CACFP Sponsors Association will host Antonio Freitas, MS of Sesame Street in Communities for a free webinar on Racial Justice Resources.

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CACFP Professional Certification Webinar

October 24, 2022

Interested in learning more about how to earn your CACFP Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional designation? Join us for an overview of the program, learn what the qualifications are, and hear how it has impacted CACFP professionals who value these credentials.

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Questions and Answers on Alternative Protein Products (APP)

October 4, 2022

Food and Nutrition Service released a guidance document on Alternative Protein Products (APP) including Questions and Answers to assist CACFP providers. It is important that CACFP providers understand how to use and properly credit APP in their programs.

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Final Rule: Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

September 19, 2022

Food and Nutrition Service amended the regulations of the Summer Food Service Program in September 2022 to strengthen program integrity and streamline program administration. The final rule codifies changes that will simplify the application process, enhance monitoring requirements, clarify existing requirements, and provide more discretion at the state agency level to manage program operations.

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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.

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CACFP Convening: White Paper and NCA Letter Submitted to White House

August 2, 2022

NCA has compiled feedback and policy priorities into a paper for the White House Conference, along with a letter addressing the Biden-Harris Administration.

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CACFP Reimbursement and Cash in Lieu Rates Released 22-23

July 26, 2022

The USDA has released the Reimbursement and Cash in Lieu Rates for 22-23. Rates are effective beginning July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

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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.

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CACFP Resource: Stages of infant development feeding skills

February 1, 2021

Every movement from bringing food to mouth, opening mouth, biting, moving tongue to chew food and then swallowing are all learned skills. Use this baby development resource to see how infant eating skills build over time.

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Member Resource: Baby your baby with homemade food

February 1, 2021

Download this members-only resource on making homemade baby puree. You’ll discover tips and tricks, safety information and two recipes.

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CACFP Fruit and Veggie Flash Cards

January 1, 2021

Download this free set of CACFP flashcards to introduce novel fruits and vegetables in your program.

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USDA Resource: Menu Planning During the Pandemic

March 20, 2020

This meal planning and food-buying guide from the USDA can help you take extra precautions and stay prepared for a pandemic.

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March 1, 2020

Download and print this free full color infographic from the USDA on yogurt. It includes five fantastic yogurt recipes.

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Turkey Five Ways

March 1, 2020

Download and print this free full color infographic from the USDA on turkey. It includes five fantastic turkey recipes.

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CACFP Resource: Serving Snacks

October 28, 2022

Snacks can be a great way to give CACFP participants the nutrients and energy they need between meals. Use this resource to learn more.

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Member Resources: Meal Component Activity Pages

September 9, 2022

NCA Members can download these meal component activity pages. Each activity page includes crafts, games, recipes and more! Theres a page for each meal component in the CACFP.

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Resources for a Healthy, Creditable Breakfast

August 30, 2022

Managing sugar at breakfast time for children is a tall order. If you find that you need a helping hand putting together a low-sugar, creditable breakfast, check out these resources.

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Five Free CACFP Menu Templates for Easy Meal Planning

August 25, 2022

These five CACFP weekly menu templates were designed by us, the National CACFP Sponsors Association, so you can trust that they’re not only tried and true, but also up to speed on the current demands of the CACFP. Use these free fillable menus, and your weekly meal planning will become a breeze. Each one is organized by age, meal, and meal component.

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What’s the CACFP? An Introduction & Resources

August 23, 2022

August 23, 2022 The CACFP is a cornerstone to operations at many child care centers, adult day cares and day care homes. However, many people have never even heard of this crucial program! This blog is for those people. Send this quick guide to parents of children under your care, new employees who are onboarding…

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8 CACFP Resources for Back to School PLUS a Year of Posters

August 16, 2022

With so much on the back-to-school agenda, who has time to hunt down worksheets and resources? We’ve got you covered with seven resources for back to school plus a whole year of free motivational posters to keep your space fresh and fun.

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Experiences of Early Child Care and Education Operators During the Pandemic

February 1, 2023

In December 2022, the Indiana University CACFP Project Team released a report describing the child nutrition and care provision experiences among early care and education (ECE) stakeholders, sponsors, and center directors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was conducted in four states and a variety of ECE stakeholders participated. The study identifies six common experiences among ECE stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Female Family Child Care Home provider sits in a circle with young children playing with toy building blocks

Facilitators and Barriers to FCCH Enrollment in CACFP

January 30, 2023

In December 2022, the Indiana University CACFP Project Team released a report describing the facilitators and barriers to CACFP participation by family child care homes (FCCHs). The report concludes with suggestions for potential strategies to promote participation in the CACFP by FCCHs. The study was conducted in two states, Arizona and New York, that have varying levels of CACFP participation. The study outlines the facilitators and barriers to FCCHs’ enrollment in CACFP and recommends a few strategies to increase participation.

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Study of Nutrition and Activity in CACFP

December 5, 2022

In October 2021 the USDA released a report on the Study of Nutrition and Activity in Child Care Settings (SNACS), which is the first nationally representative, comprehensive assessment of the CACFP.

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Barriers to CACFP Participation

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022 Providing Meals in Early Childhood Settings report Hunger Free Vermont conducted a statewide survey of early childhood programs in late 2021, seeking to understand what barriers early childhood providers face when it comes to providing food to program participants. The Providing Meals in Early Childhood Settings report identified the most common barriers…

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Problems and Solutions in Food Advertising to Children

September 29, 2022

The 2022 FACTS Report suggests problems in food advertising to children, and the newly issued National Strategy on Hunger may offer a solution.

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Survey Review: 2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey

September 22, 2022

This is a broad overview of the newly published findings of the 2021 study conducted by the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems. Read the complete report for an in-depth look at their findings.

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CACFP Inspire: Kidz Korner in Payson, Arizona

November 21, 2022

Eleven years ago, Lidia Madrid opened Kidz Korner in Payson, Arizona to see her children and other local children grow up and learn safely in a town where there were limited child care options.

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CACFP Inspire: Shedron Davis of Alpha & Omega Nutrition Program, Inc in Memphis

October 25, 2022

Shedron Davis is the Founder and Executive Director of Alpha & Omega, and her mission is to empower children to succeed through a healthy lifestyle.

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CACFP Inspire: Jessica Coleman of Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens in Virginia

October 20, 2022

Jessica Coleman is the children’s day care supervisor and CACFP manager at Generations, an intergenerational daycare in Virginia.

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CACFP Inspire: Andrea Rivera of Christian Military Academy, Puerto Rico

October 13, 2022

With experience and credentials like hers, it’s no surprise that the Food and Nutrition Services office selected Andrea Rivera to create a new community food service program at the start of the pandemic.

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CACFP Inspire: Kyle Jackson of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County

October 5, 2022

Kyle Jackson is an area director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, and a true leader in executing at-risk after school meal operation

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CACFP Inspire: PATCH

September 28, 2022

People Attentive to Children Hawaii, PATCH, has a straightforward mission: to support and improve the quality and availability of care for the young people of Hawaii. In fact, this mission is stated so plainly that it could be misunderstood as easy when it is simply direct.

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