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Blake Stanford

Blake Stanford is the President of Southwest Human Development Services which serves over 850 family child care homes across Texas. Learn why Blake thinks Southwest Human Development Services is a successful sponsor.

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Leap into Learning: Read Aloud Challenge

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.

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Laura McCabe

Laura McCabe is the Director of KidCare Nutrition Sponsor which sponsors about 115 family child care homes in northeastern Colorado. Learn why she thinks KidCare is a successful sponsor and get tips that might be helpful to you.

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Health Benefits of Whole Grains

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.

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Summer Meals: Meeting Families Where They Are 

Summer is a time of great uncertainty for many children who experience food insecurity. During the school year more than 30 million children receive breakfast and/or lunch at school, but during summer break children lose access to these daily meals. This is where the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Summer Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBT) come into play.

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Family Style Meal Service

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.

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Leveraging CACFP for Farm to ECE

When combined, the CACFP and Farm to Early Care Education (Farm to ECE) activities can have an extraordinary impact on children, child care providers, and local communities. FRAC’s report aims to support child care providers to access CACFP and utilize it for eligible Farm to ECE activities by highlighting the mutually beneficial synergy between these initiatives.

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Summer EBT Benefit Levels

FNS published a memo that outlines 2024 Summer EBT benefit levels for all states and Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) operating the program, including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories.

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