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Straw Bales: A New Way to Garden

No space? No soil? No problem. Learn how to start a straw bale garden from beginning to end. You will be ready to plant and grow with the children in your care this Spring!

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The Recipe for Healthy Emotions and Eating

Do you have some children who can never get food out of their mind and are never satisfied after a meal or snack? Do some children in your care constantly ask for “more” or refuse to eat all together? Explore the social and emotional development of the child’s relationship with eating and food especially as it relates to what’s behind their hunger.

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Perspectives on Promoting Access to the CACFP

Want to learn about research on improving access to CACFP? We’ll highlight current work from three research studies examining actionable policy and programmatic strategies to improve access to the CACFP in Illinois and New Mexico, including sustaining policies and innovations born out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Engaging Your Community in Your Meal Program

Poverty is isolating for children. Meal programs are an important outreach tool, but what if your meal program also connected kids with their community and had business leaders helping out? Find out the potential with us. Bonus – all the ideas involved are cost free!

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CACFP Participation in Centers by State

Despite CACFP’s important benefits to children, families and providers, the program remains largely underutilized. This project collected administrative data on CACFP participation of child care centers across 45 states and Washington DC and linked it with Census and licensing data at the center level. Learn how the findings highlight opportunities for CACFP growth.

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