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
Operating CACFP in Head Start is a requirement, but do you know the differences between what’s a CACFP regulation and what is mandated by Head Start? Learn what the Head Start performance standards that govern child nutrition are and how they align with the CACFP to provide good nutrition to children. Gain an understanding of the requirements and hear about the latest updates in Head Start performance standards for child nutrition.Read More
National Hispanic Heritage Month, recognized September 15th – October 15th, is a wonderful time to learn more about the rich history and diversity of the Hispanic and Latino communities. Come celebrate with us as we explore various cultural foods and introduce fun activities that you can bring back to those in your care.Read More