The TABLE Project

The TABLE — Taking Action to Build Leadership Excellence — Project is a three-year demonstration effort that has been awarded to Community Development Institute (CDI), to improve Head Start and Early Head Start programs’ management and implementation of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). TABLE has been funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Head Start (OHS) as a national Head Start Innovation and Improvement Project (Grant Period: 9/30/2008-9/29/2011, Grant Number: 90YD0252/01). TABLE’s Recordkeeping system is based on CDI’s work over the past nine years as the Office of Head Start’s Interim Management Contractor in Head Start programs nationwide. In those programs it has increased the quality and cost efficiency of nutrition services.

Source: The TABLE Project

Available at: http://www.cditeam.org/table/

Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home; Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2014 Through June 30, 2015

7/16/2014

This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payment rates for meals and snacks served in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, and adult day care centers; the food service payment rates for meals and snacks served in day care homes; and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. Further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in the States of Alaska and Hawaii. The adjustments contained in this notice are made on an annual basis each July, as required by the laws and regulations governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

DATES: These rates are effective from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Source: Federal Register, Volume 79 Issue 136

Available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16718.htm

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Need creative ideas for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation? Or fun suggestions for active play?

This handbook was developed by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Resources and Services Administration to help CACFP child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. It includes a series of tip sheets addressing wellness recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education, 3rd Edition. Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help providers apply the tips to their child care program. By using the tip sheets when planning meals and activities for children ages 2 through 5 years old, providers can incorporate key recommendations and best practices into their menus and daily schedules.

The success stories shared in the handbook highlight examples of new and exciting ways CACFP child care programs have improved the food they serve children and the activities they plan. Links to additional resources are also included in the publication, which features a new CACFP Wellness Resources Web page. As part of the USDA National Agricultural Library, the Web page is designed to help CACFP participants find the resources they need to meet wellness recommendations.

Target Audience: CACFP Child Care Providers caring for children 2 through 5 years old

Source: TEAM Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Service

Available at: http://www.teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/nutritionandwellness.html

Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2013 Through June 30, 2014

7/26/2013

This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payment rates for meals and snacks served in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, at-risk after school care centers, and adult day care centers; the food service payment rates for meals and snacks served in day care homes; and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. Further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in the States of Alaska and Hawaii. The adjustments contained in this notice are made on an annual basis each July, as required by the laws and regulations governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Source: Federal Register, Volume 78 Issue 144

Available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-26/html/2013-17991.htm

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

2013

Need creative ideas for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation? Or fun suggestions for active play?

This handbook was developed by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Resources and Services Administration to help CACFP child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. It includes a series of tip sheets addressing wellness recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education, 3rd Edition. Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help providers apply the tips to their child care program. By using the tip sheets when planning meals and activities for children ages 2 through 5 years old, providers can incorporate key recommendations and best practices into their menus and daily schedules.

The success stories shared in the handbook highlight examples of new and exciting ways CACFP child care programs have improved the food they serve children and the activities they plan. Links to additional resources are also included in the publication, which features a new CACFP Wellness Resources Web page. As part of the USDA National Agricultural Library, the Web page is designed to help CACFP participants find the resources they need to meet wellness recommendations.

Target Audience: CACFP Child Care Providers caring for children 2 through 5 years old

Available: in PDF, below. A free print copy is also available to child care providers and organizations participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program or other Child Nutrition programs.

Source: Team Nutrition

Available at: http://www.teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/nutritionandwellness.html

Hunger Hits Home

The new documentary, “Hunger Hits Home,” takes a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians on the frontlines of the battle. The film is part of an ongoing partnership between Food Network and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Source: Food Network TV and Share Our Strength

Available at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/share-our-strength/package/index.html?xp=hungry

Child and Adult Care Food Program: Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

4/9/12

This rule proposes to codify several provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 affecting the management of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The Department is proposing to require institutions to submit an initial CACFP application to the State agency and, in subsequent years, periodically update the information in lieu of submitting a new application; require sponsoring organizations to vary the timing of reviews of sponsored facilities; require State agencies to develop and provide for the use of a standard permanent agreement between sponsoring organizations and day care centers; allow tier II day care homes to collect household income information and transmit it to the sponsoring organization; modify the method of determining administrative payments to sponsoring organizations of day care homes by basing payments on a formula; and allow sponsoring organizations of day care homes to carry over up to 10 percent of their administrative funding from the previous fiscal year into the next fiscal year. This rule also proposes to incorporate several changes to the application and renewal process which are expected to improve the management of CACFP and to make a number of miscellaneous technical changes.

Source: Federal Register, Volume 77 Issue 68

Available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-09/html/2012-8332.htm

New Eligibility Guidelines For Low-Income Families To Qualify For Nutritious Meals

3/15/12

More low-income families will be able to afford healthy meals and snacks for their children in day care under new income eligibility guidelines announced today by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), families with children in child care centers can qualify for free or reduced-price meals if their household income is equal to or less than the income eligibility guidelines. Nearly 5,000 local day care centers and 17,000 sponsored family day care home providers in California participate in the CACFP.

Source: KERO Bakersfield

Available at: http://www.turnto23.com/news/30684020/detail.html

Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2011 Through June 30, 2012

7/20/11

This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payment rates for meals and snacks served in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, and adult day care centers; the food service payment rates for meals and snacks served in day care homes; and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. Further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in the States of Alaska and Hawaii. The adjustments contained in this notice are made on an annual basis each July, as required by the laws and regulations governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Source: Federal Register

Source: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-20/html/2011-18257.htm