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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.

12 Nutrient Dense, Shelf-Stable Foods

January 29, 2024

It’s helpful to have a mix of fresh, frozen, canned and packaged foods in your kitchen for all of your cooking and eating needs. Our partners at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) spotlighting twelve nutrient-dense, shelf-stable foods to include on your shopping list. These foods in particular can help reduce the frequency of your grocery trips and can decrease food waste.

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Resources

January 19, 2024

As a child care provider, you likely serve children of many different backgrounds. It’s not only important for children to learn about different races, ethnicities, and cultures, but it is also crucial for you to understand how to properly teach them about these topics.

Identifying Whole Grain-Rich Foods

January 4, 2024

Whole grains are an essential part of a healthy diet, which is why the CACFP meal pattern requires that at least one serving of grains per day be whole grain-rich (WGR). Our partners at ICN have tips to help you use the food package to determine which foods are WGR and how to avoid the pitfalls of confusing terms and phrases.

Getting Started with Meatless Monday

January 2, 2024

Looking to start incorporating Meatless Monday into your menu? Our partners at the Humane Society of the United States have tips and resources to make it easier to prepare more plant-based meals.

Celebrating with Creditable Grains

December 7, 2023

December is a month full of holiday celebrations, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. It is also a great time to model healthy habits by showing different ways to celebrate. We traditionally think grain-based desserts like brownies, cakes, and cookies are essential during festivities. However, several healthy grain options can be included as part of a meal or snack.

Seasons of Grief

November 28, 2023

Use these resources from Sesame Street in Communities to help children, and the adults who care for them, learn ways to manage the emotions and changes that come with grief after someone close to them dies.

Keep Active Together 

November 21, 2023

Staying active as a family is important for every family member’s physical health, especially around the holidays. If you are a parent or caregiver, learn how to prioritize movement and foster play and physical activity year-round. Our partners at Alliance for a Healthier Generation have great resources with ways to keep active together!

Fundamentals of Measuring: Weight and Volume 

November 14, 2023

Which weighs more: a pound of lettuce or a pound of carrots? It’s a trick question! They weigh the same. However, if you think about how much space each would take up, a pound of lettuce would fill many more cups than a pound of carrots. Measuring can be confusing, so ICN’s November Mealtime Memo explains the difference between weight and volume and describe tools to measure both most accurately.