December 2018

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

Happy Holidays!

The CACFP Team Nutrition monthly newsletter provides information on nutrition and physical activity for young children, trainings and funding opportunities, resources, and success stories from Iowa CACFP programs working to support healthy habits.

Stay Connected! Iowa Department of Education - Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services

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Farm to ECE

Iowa Farm to ECE Website

Farm to Early Care and Education is a program at Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children.

The new Farm to ECE website houses resources, tools, and other strategies for your early care and education program to be successful. 

1). Tools for Early Childhood Educators - preview classroom supports.

2). Funding Opportunities and Professional Development

3).The Blog stories of partners and their work. We will feature many guest bloggers highlighting both national and statewide organizations, but also showcase early childhood educators’ first hand experiences.

Subscribe to the newsletter. Follow this link to sign up to receive quarterly updates sent to your email inbox!

Become a 5-2-1-0 Registered Site!

Early child care providers, schools, out-of-school programs and health care sites are invited to sign up as a 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! site and join an important network of sectors working towards healthier environments where young Iowans live, learn and play.

Registration is free and easy!

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Healthier CACFP Award Application

Healthier CACFP Award 

The Healthier CACFP Award recognizes childcare programs (centers and family day care homes) for making outstanding efforts in the areas of menus, physical activity, professional development, nutrition and wellness environment, and infant care. Three award levels are offered: Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors.

Watch a recorded webinar to learn more about the award and how to apply at Healthier CACFP Award Webinar

Contact Patti Delger, to receive an electronic copy of the Healthier CACFP Award Resource Book, that provides guidance and tools to assist with implementing the criteria.

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Iowa Child Care Resource &Referral Blog

Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral provides resources, education and advocacy to support quality child care. The CCR&R blog provides many topics of helpful and insightful information to help you provide the highest quality care to the children in your care. 

Breastfed Babies Welcome Here!

USDA’s Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the release of Breastfed Babies Welcome Here! resource.Your childcare can use these materials to communicate ways your site supports a mother’s decision to breastfeed her baby. Materials include a poster and a mother's guide. Download today! 

Breastfed babies welcome here
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