Grow Healthy Kids: Just Add Water
Get this free providers' guide and water curriculum to have your kids learning, singing, reading, and playing with water! Includes activity books and posters.
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How do you CACFP Snack? Tell Us All & Win $100
We know that the habits child care providers instill in children at an early age will become life-long healthy choices. We also know that it's easy to get into the snack rut. So we're asking everyone, "How Do you CACFP Snack?" Post your healthy CACFP creditable snack to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag @NationalCACFP. Then hashtag your photo and share your #ncasupersnack! Whoever has the most likes, shares, or favorites on March 15th will win $100 and be featured in our eNews and conference. We'll make a free, downloadable #ncasupersnack inspiration booklet and everyone wins!
- Snack entry must be a CACFP Creditable snack.
- Photo of snack should be one that entrant home-made (not copied from another site) and photo must be original with all rights owned by the person submitting it.
- Entries need to include #ncasupersnack and tag @NationalCACFP.
- Challenge ends March 15, 2017. Winning entry determined by NCA based on number of likes, shares, favorites, or retweets.
- Once a photo/recipe is posted for the Super Snack Challenge, NCA reserves the right to use the photo/recipe for any and all future projects.
CACFP is an Indicator of Quality Childcare
Here are some materials for you to share with parents and the community to raise awareness about the Child and Adult Care Food Program and why your participation in it is an indicator of quality child care.
Looking for more materials? Learn about our program membership!
Question we hear most often?
"Is it creditable?"
Here's the answer with guidance from the USDA.
Creditable foods: Foods that may be counted toward meeting the meal pattern requirements for a reimbursable meal. They are or they contain creditable foods as listed in the FBG; They are in compliance with regulations governing the Child Nutrition Programs (in quantity requirements and/or by definition); They are in compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Standards of Identity; They are in compliance with USDA’s standards for meat and meat products (if applicable); and They are in compliance with administrative policy decisions on the crediting of popular foods.
Noncreditable foods: Foods that do not count toward meeting meal pattern requirements because they do not meet criteria. Nevertheless, noncreditable foods often supply additional nutrients and calories that help meet the energy and nutritional needs of participants. For example, the service of a protein-rich food (such as eggs) at breakfast is not required but it contributes additional nutrients, improves the acceptability of meals, and satisfies appetites.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reimburses child and adult care centers, family day care home sponsors, at-risk after school snack programs, and homeless shelters participating in the CACFP for the meals served to young children or adult enrollees, not for individual foods. A meal is reimbursable if it contains those creditable foods in the amounts outlined in the CACFP meal patterns.
The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) is the principal tool with which to determine the contribution that foods make toward meal requirements regardless if foods are produced on site or purchased commercially. This handbook is a supplementary resource with additional information on creditable foods in child and adult care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, and family day care homes.
Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
USDA Food Buying Guide