We know that children are more likely to try a new food when they are involved in creating a meal or snack. But how do you set up a safe environment at your family child care home that allows children to do this? Learn different strategies on how your kitchen helpers can assist you in making food with age-appropriate tasks, whether it is in the kitchen or eating area. Receive easy recipes to hone their fine motor skills while handling food.Read More
The cool, crisp breeze means it’s time for the fall harvest! Learn about five fabulous fruits and vegetables that are ready to be purchased from your local farmer or grocery store. Get recipe ideas on how to incorporate these fall favorites into your menu and learn how to provide nutrition education related to them through engaging activities.Read More
The pandemic taught us to always be one step ahead and prepared for the unknown. Discover ways to integrate emergency preparedness and planning into your facility operation plans while including all departments. Practice writing your own emergency plans to support your program and outline your next steps.Read More
Sodium plays an essential role in our body but consuming too much can cause us harm over time. In the CACFP, it is recommended to serve foods low in sodium. Learn about the the impacts of sodium and how to reduce sodium while still retaining flavor in the meals you serve.Read More
Have you ever received a parent’s or doctor’s note describing a meal modification or substitution to serve a child in your care? Maybe you
have felt confused or overwhelmed on how to modify the menu to ensure foods are safe to serve to a participant with a disability. Learn about the requirements for having a medical statement to serve safe and reimbursable foods in the CACFP. Identify creditable and non-creditable milk substitutions in the CACFP and understand the documentation needed. Gain valuable knowledge on tailoring foods for special diets, including vegetarian, pureed, and gluten-free diets. Empower yourself with the information and guidance to confidently address meal modifications and provide suitable options for participants with specific dietary needs in the CACFP at your Head Start site.
Early Head Start sites must often manage two different meal patterns when complying with CACFP requirements based on the age of the children in their care. Learn the differences between feeding infants and toddlers to ensure optimal nutrition and program compliance. Gain valuable insights on how to create balanced and age-appropriate menus, address specific dietary considerations for infants, and implement practical strategies for promoting healthy eating habits to foster a positive mealtime environment.Read More
It’s a requirement for operators of CACFP to ensure non-discrimination in the administration of the program and knowing how to establish a written procedure for handling civil rights complaints related to discrimination is important. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Civil Rights Complaint Procedures and learn how to develop a Self-Assessment Checklist, essential components for compliance. Enhance your knowledge, strengthen your agency’s commitment to civil rights in the CACFP, and be inspired by a real-life example showcasing the successful execution of these procedures.Read More
Head Start centers play a critical role in serving nutritious foods to those they serve. The CACFP guides you on how to provide healthy meals using five food components which make up the meal service requirements: grains, fruits, vegetables, meats/meat alternates and milk. Learn when these components are required and how they fit into the CACFP meal pattern.Read More
Navigating the complexities of developing a CACFP Head Start menu can often be overwhelming and confusing. What crucial information should
you include on the menu to be in compliance? Do you include ounce equivalency, serving size, or both!? Moreover, are there specific documents you should maintain while planning your menu? Learn how to create menus stress-free while meeting CACFP requirements in Head Start as we guide you through the process. Get confidence and clarity in your menu development endeavors.
Unlock a world of learning opportunities during meal times in Head Start sites through Family Style dining. Equip your staff or team with a deep understanding of the performance regulations surrounding this meal service model, empowering them to create enriching experiences. Discover how to seamlessly incorporate Math, Science, Language, and Literacy into meal times, transforming them into valuable educational moments. Get practical guidance on aligning meal service with academic goals while ensuring compliance with CACFP and Head Start regulations.Read More