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March 2017
Workshop Schedule Announced 
 
Make plans to attend the National CACFP Conference this spring! Workshop Schedule
 
Join over 1,200 of your colleagues in San Diego this April. Register Today

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CELEBRATE?
National CACFP Week
March 12-18, 2017
 
Post, share, or tweet! Let people know about the CACFP with our 2017 CACFP Week graphic. Right-click on the image and choose 'save image as' to download the graphic to your computer for use on social media, your website, or in newsletters. Use hashtag #cacfpweek.  Also, take a look at the neighborhood flyers, parent letters, nutrition education materials, and sample letters to your governor, congressmen, senators, and president we've developed for your use. Download Tool-Kit, Flyers, and Printables

NCA BOARD ELECTIONS
Call for Nominations
The National CACFP Sponsors Association will have THREE (3) openings on the Board of Directors beginning on our next fiscal year. One seat is designated for a Head Start sponsor, one for a Small Sponsor of Family Child Care Homes <200 homes, and the third seat is at-large. The newly elected Board Members will begin serving their three-year term October 1, 2017. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 15th, 2017.  Learn More
 
WEBINAR MARCH 14 3:00-4:15 PM EDT  
Afterschool Meals: 
A Win-Win-Win for Schools
Expanding access to Afterschool Meals is crucial: a quarter of low-income parents worry that their children don't have enough to eat between lunch at school and breakfast the following day. Schools are excellent partners in increasing participation, and this webinar will focus on giving schools the tools needed to implement the Afterschool Meals Program effectively. Drawing on best practices gleaned from pilot tests and interviews as well as resources like the Three Meals a Day guide co-produced with the School Nutrition Foundation, this webinar will show how Afterschool Meals can be a win-win-win for schools.  Register

Do you have a provider or center you'd like us to feature? Email Us
MEMBER SHOWCASE
Jennifer Sims & Michelle Baggett

These CACFP participating home care providers from West Virginia and Ohio share their passion for caring for children and ensuring their kids get nutritious, healthy foods while also offering a nurturing and imaginative environment. Jennifer tells us that she displays a color-coded menu system for anyone who visits and Michelle believes there is a real need for children to be taught in a quality program. Read More 
READ ALOUD 15 MINUTES
March is Read Aloud Month  

As care givers for over 4 million children who work to ensure healthy access to food through CACFP, we can also work together to also feed childrens' minds. Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning and yet more than half the children in this country - 13 million children - will not hear a bedtime story tonight, according to our national ally Read Aloud. Read Aloud Today! Share the message with bookmarks, handouts, and posters (English/Spanish).  Toolkit Materials
Holiday Activities for March
St. Patrick's Day & Happy Spring
As a member benefit, NCA has created activity newsletters for you to share with your 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 activity newsletter you'd like to use, save the file to your desktop and email them directly to your providers or print and deliver them at your next visit. Download

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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