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Reducing Added Sugars

April 9, 2024

The sweetness of sugar may tempt our tastebuds, but the health consequences of eating too much sugar are concerning, especially for children whose dietary habits and taste preferences are still developing. The Institute ofChild Nutrition’s April Mealtime Memo uncovers the secrets of added sugars and equip you with the knowledge to identify them in the products you consume.

Get Kids Eating Veggies Early and Often

March 18, 2024

Babies aren’t born liking veggies, but little ones can learn to love vegetables through early and often exposure to carrots, green beans, broccoli, peas, squash, artichokes, and more! Our partners at Partnership for a Healthier America share why vegetables are so important to children’s diets and give simple tips for teaching kids to eat and love vegetables.

Shared Reading

March 12, 2024

Language is a key part of early childhood education and helps lay the foundation for success in school. Reading storybooks and discussing them has been proven to enhance caregiver-child literacy interactions, ignite children’s reading enthusiasm, and develop their literacy skills. Our partners at Sesame Street in Communities have new bilingual resources to help with shared reading.

Best Practices to Improve Nutrition

March 6, 2024

March is a month to celebrate nutrition and wellness. It is also a time to educate and bring awareness to the CACFP. This Mealtime Memo from our partners at the Institute of Child Nutrition provides the USDA optional best practices you can use to strengthen the nutritional quality of meals served.

Family Style Meal Service with Children in the CACFP 

February 29, 2024

USDA Team Nutrition recently announced their new Family Style Meal Service with Children in the Child and Adult Care Food Program resources. This new suite of resources includes training materials, social media graphics, classroom posters, and original photos.

Leap into Learning: Read Aloud Challenge

February 20, 2024

How often do you read aloud to the children in your care? Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent/caregiver.

Be Good to Your Heart with Fruits and Vegetables 

February 15, 2024

Did you know February is American Heart Month? Although February may be ending soon, you can be good to your heart year-round by incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet. Our partners at the Produce for Better Health Foundation have an entire blog series dedicated to this topic.

Health Benefits of Whole Grains

February 14, 2024

Whole grains are packed with essential nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants that are important for overall health and wellness. February is National Heart Health Month, so our partners at the Home Baking Association shared a few of the many health benefits of consuming whole grains and how to include it in your meal planning.

Family Style Meal Service

February 6, 2024

Family Style Meal Service (FSMS) is a way to enhance the enjoyment of mealtime in the child care setting. It not only benefits the children, but the child care program as well. FSMS encourages a pleasant eating environment that promotes mealtime as a learning experience.

Age-Appropriate Kitchen Tasks

January 31, 2024

Kids can help out in the kitchen as early as 2 years old. Our partners at the Home Baking Association outline age-appropriate kitchen tasks.