Everyone working together is making the CACFP Meal Pattern Implementation a success. What did your CACFP Sponsor or State Agency or USDA do to make it easier to succeed? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your success story about your sponsor or state agency. Caring is Sharing. Share your CACFP Meal Pattern Implementation success story. #CaringisSharing
USDA is requesting kid tested breakfast and snack ideas that illustrate the Child and Adult Care Food Program meal pattern that went into effect October 1, 2017. Recipes submitted for consideration should include fruits and vegetables, the use of meat or meat alternates as substitutes for grains at breakfast, and/or as tasty alternatives to grain-based desserts. Ideally, we are looking for recipes that are easy to prepare, contain 5 major ingredients or less and take less than 30 minutes to cook. Please submit recipes to Xaviera Davis at Xaviera.Davis@fns.usda.gov by December 31, 2017.
In response to two emergency proclamations issued by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. regarding the fires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division is sending this notice to all statewide participants in the Child Nutrition Programs.
On December 5, 2017, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the fires, which commenced on December 4, 2017, and continue to burn. These fires have damaged critical infrastructure, destroyed homes, and caused the evacuation of residents.
Guidelines on Disaster Relief
For information on Governor Brown’s emergency proclamations, please refer to the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Newsroom Web page at https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=20081 and https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=20085.
For information on the CDE Resources for California Wildfires, please refer to the CDE Resources for California Wildfires Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr17ltr1020.asp.
For information on the CDE Disaster Relief Guidelines, please refer to the CDE Disaster Relief Guidelines Web page athttp://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/disaster.asp.
For information on disaster assistance and resources in California, please refer to the CDE Disaster Resources Web page athttp://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/dr.
For information on emergency resources from federal, state, and local agencies, please refer to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) Web site at http://www.caloes.ca.gov.
Use of U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods during a State and Federally Declared Disaster
Disaster relief organizations may designate schools as community feeding sites or request that schools provide their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods to other feeding sites. USDA Foods can be released on request to recognized disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross or the OES. Information regarding USDA Foods usage, reporting, and claiming procedures during a disaster can be found in Management Bulletin 02-401, located on the CDE Use of USDA Foods in Disaster Feeding Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/fd/mb02401.asp.
The Disaster Feeding Guidance for School Food Service using USDA Foods can be downloaded from the CDE Food Distribution Guidance, Manuals, and Resources Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/fd/manguide.asp.
If you have any questions regarding disaster relief for the following programs, please contact:
School Nutrition Programs (SNP)
Summer Meals Program
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Food Distribution Program
Nutrition Services Division
California Department of Education
Web | www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/
Twitter | @CDENutrition
YouTube | www.youtube.com/user/cdenutrition
Program Administrator II - ( 17000EAV )
At KinderCare Education, we make it our passion to nurture a sense of discovery, joy, and wonder in every child, every day, at every one of our centers. As the nation’s leading private provider in accredited early childhood education, we’re committed to delivering the highest-quality child care and educational opportunities for families and the dedicated professionals who serve them.
We see the greatness in each child, and we believe teachers can change the world. Every day, our more than 33,000 employees create a world of learning, joy, and adventure for more than 158,000 children. Whether you’re in one of our centers or providing support from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, being a part of the KinderCare family means that you care deeply about positively impacting the lives of children and families through the power of education.
Nutrition Program Manager
Comprehensive Child Development Center
Long Beach, CA
In August, I am happy to report that your CACFP Colleagues have added even more webinars, videos, posters and menus to the library. Over 5,100 individuals clicked on the CACFP menus alone. The customizable Food Charts in the library have been downloaded over 1,000 times. Find out what all the excitement is about.
The library had a bit of a facelift as per your very nice suggestions. Save yourself some time, use the library for your implementation. No charge and no membership required.
Sharing is Caring, do it the CACFP way and send the library materials and ideas you are using for the new CACFP Meal Patterns during this critical time in CACFP history. Help each other get it right! Email your materials here.
Look for the library to keep expanding during this critical time of implementation and transition.
Special thank you to Robin Holz, MS, RDN CACFP Lead Consultant, Centers - Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services - 400 E 14th St, Des Moines 50319 for sharing Iowa's Yogurt and Cereal Worksheets that perform an instant calculation to determine if a product meets sugar guidelines. Also sharing a vegetable subgroups poster adapted from Idaho.
Also new, the CACFP Meal Patterns Home Study Course out of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This Home Study Course can be found in tools.
Yes, there is alot more in this fantastic library to check out. Don't forget to submit your materials and ideas to the library and do some sharing and caring CACFP style. Consider this your special invitation. Email your materials here.
If you attended the July 12, 2017 webinar Giving Healthy Kids Healthy Futures: What Happens When Federal and State Initiatives Come to Local Communities and Programs; a part of the Early Child Care & Education Innovation Webinar Series then you probably heard Tracy Ehlert, a family child care provider speaking. Her topic; Integrating Healthy Eating & Physical Activity in Early Childhood Programs which led her to talking about the 2016 National CACFP take ACTION Challenge which then brought me to ask her for an interview, which she graciously agreed to.
The main reason for asking for this interview, was the opportunity to talk to the person who racked up more points than anyone who participated in the CACFP take ACTION Challenge even more than entire CACFP agencies. The idea was to find out more about her thoughts on the CACFP take ACTION challenge and her journey in advocacy, Early Child Care and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) since the challenge. Well, was I in for a surprise.
I called Tracy, with my interview questions in hand and almost the first thing she said was, it’s so busy around here, wait did you hear the news? I said no, what did I miss? Tracy then told me that she was asked to run for Iowa’s District 70 House Representative and that she agreed to do it. What? That is fantastic, I was extremely excited and even though I did not know Tracy personally I felt proud.
So, I changed up the interview I had planned, this news was so relevant to what the challenge was all about; people taking ACTION exactly what Tracy Ehlert is doing. Most gracious, Tracy and I talked for two hours. We talked about topics like politics in regards to child care and other family issues, advocacy, volunteering, ratings, standards, curriculum, children led teaching, the challenge, support organizations, CACFP and the updated Meal Patterns, birth to five issues, family involvement, Farm to ECE, the FCC Business, and childhood obesity just to name a few. By the end, I thought that we would all be best served to do more than one blog about Tracy Ehlert and her journey but especially about Family Child Care and CACFP.
A few questions and answers
Q When and how did running for office happen?
A About two weeks ago I was asked to run for House District 70 in Iowa, now represented by Rep. Todd Taylor, D-Cedar Rapids. He had announced plans to run in 2018 for the seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. Wally Horn. It appealed to me when they said there wasn’t anyone representing the area with any early child care and family experience and the benefits that could come from her experience and advocacy. I talked to my family and they supported the idea.
Q When is the election and what is going to happen to your FCC business?
A The primary isn’t until June and I would not be on the job until 2019. Many of the children that I have currently enrolled would be getting ready to start school. The plan is to still have summer school at Babies 2 Kids Learning Center.
Q How did you get into the ECE Family Child Care business?
A I really kind of fell into it. I actually always wanted to teach, did some volunteer work for Head Start when my oldest was little. But after I had my second son, a friend asked if I would watch her child and when another friend asked and another. I decided I needed to look into getting registered with the state and then take some ECE classes. There was so much I did not know and it seemed the more I learned the more I loved it and the more I wanted to learn.
Q What keeps you motivated?
A The children keep you in it! Also, continuing education, school motivates me. At first I wasn’t as satisfied at the end of the day but then I went back to school. Then putting everything I was learning into practice, well it’s very exciting, there is always progress. It’s powerful. In ECE I don’t get stuck in a rut.
Q I see you are a QRIS Level 5 and are accredited with NAFCC. How do you feel about all of the standards, ratings, accreditations that are being implemented in the child care industry? Do you think it’s just too much, redundant?
A I like them all for many different reasons. Standards keep things more measurable for outcomes. I don’t see them as redundant at all, each one that I have completed has giving me something different. My program just keeps getting better and so do I with each standard/ratings achieved.
(A side note, the interviewer learned a lot about ratings/standards/accreditation tonight.)
Q During the wonderful webinar that you presented in last month, you talked about the challenge. You said, “When I first started in ECE, I gave little thought to what children really needed in nutrition and physical activity… Once I started in the CACFP my thoughts completely changed... But the point in my program where the biggest changes were made in my program was when I participated in the National CACFP take ACTION Challenge. You went on told the audience about the challenge and the benefits that you, your parents, other provider and your program received through your participation. My question is do you have any other thoughts about CACFP take ACTION Challenge?
A Actually, I do. I was disappointed that more people were not made aware of the challenge, I only found out about it by accident from a nurse that I sit on a committee with. My own state and food program didn’t tell us nor participate in it. So many people could be helped with the challenge. There should be another one but more people should be told about it. The Challenge changed her whole perception about many things in CACFP, nutrition and physical activity, it was inspiring.
Q How important do you think it is for the child care community to advocate for themselves and be involved in support organizations like NAFCC, NAEYC, CACFP?
A I recently had an opportunity to go to D.C. with SAVE THE CHILDREN ACTION NETWORK the Iowa State Contingency, it was quite the experience for me. Realizing how knowledgeable some staffers were about child care and family issues and then how many were on the other side of the spectrum and uninformed. Let them hear, everything and anything just make sure they hear. Getting the word out is so important and if we can’t do it, we need the support organizations to do it, so we need to support them.
Q Before politics was a thought in your future, what did you see in your future in the Family Child Care field?
A Teaching, I see myself teaching college.
A Few Tracy Ehlert Facts
Tracy is married to Justin and is the mother of two sons. A Family Child Care Small Business owner of Babies 2 Kids Learning Center; a State Registered, NAFCC Accredited and QRS 5 Level, Environment Rating Scales (ERS) Early Childhood Education Family Child Care home/business.
Her side job; A Continuing Education Instructor for Kirkwood Community College, a Level 2 trainer for CCR&R: Region 5 and a trainer for other local Early Childhood Education organizations.
Tracy serves as a Committee Member on the State of Iowa's QRS Oversight Team of the State's Early Childhood Workforce Alliance Advisory Committee (formally T.E.A.C.H./WAGE$ committee) and a council member on the National T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Alliance.
Ms. Ehlert is a Terri Lynne Lokoff Ambassador, a NAFCC Accreditation Self-Study Ambassador and a Farm to ECE Coalition Member.
She loves her volunteer work as a Preschool Room Child Care Coordinator and Ready to Read Facilitator for Young Parents Network now YPN. One of her favorite volunteer times is spent with Save the Children Action Network (SCAN).
Her formal education background Business, Child Development and Early Childhood Education and she is the in the process of completing a Masters in Early Childhood Education: Teaching & Diversity.
Tracy is a recipient of a 2015 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award, was named December 2015 Provider of the Month by Child Care Aware of America and was one of three 2016 Let's Move Child Care Innovator Award Winners, 2016 CACFP take ACTION Challenge Gold ACTIONEER awardee. Tracy was also named by the Child Care Food Program Roundtable and CACFP take ACTION as a 2016 Top Ten in the categories of CACFP Blogs and CACFP People!
Want to know more facts about Tracy Ehlert? Take a peek at her portfolio
Want to know how the Tracy Ehlert campaign for District 70 is going? Check out Facebook
Healthy Kids Healthy Future July 2017 Webinar
What is in the Library, you ask? Everything is free. Everything is CACFP...
Materials for ideas, some customizable materials, downloadable and all FREE. Find out what the CACFP world is doing and using to implement the new meal patterns by October 1, 2017 when you go to the library.
A few items to check out of the CACFP Meal Pattern Implementation Library are:
social media items;
Who contributed these materials? Some were shared by CACFP colleagues and some we just found.
Everything is yours from the CACFP Caring is Sharing CACFP Meal Pattern Implementation Library!
Take a look at the slideshow below and get some ideas...
What's in it we are being asked? Too many items to tell you or show, but giving it a try. Many materials are customizable, download and customize for FREE. Find out what the CACFP is doing and using to implement the new meal patterns by October 17, 2017.
Food Charts,toolkits,recipes, newsletters, webpages, trainings,webinars, powerpoints,ideas, assessments, agreements,quizzes, graphics, social media items, infographs and some in Spanish. Who contributed these materials, we either found them or your CACFP colleagues shared. Everything is yours from the CACFP Caring and Sharing CACFP Meal Pattern Implementation Library!
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) enthusiast.