December, 2019

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

December 2019

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.

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Feeding Infants

NEW CACFP Trainer's Tools: Feeding Infants

Enhance your next training by using the new CACFP Trainer’s Tools: Feeding Infants Kit.

This training brings hot topics to life from the Feeding Infants in the CACFP guide, including:

  • A trainer’s guide,
  • Presentation slides and trainer notes,
  • Videos, and
  • Digital interactive games.

Spanish and print versions will be available at a later date.

Learn more about the CACFP Trainer’s Tools: Feeding Infants kit and one State’s experience with piloting the materials on Team Nutrition's next CACFP Trainers’ Circle webinar on Thursday, December 12th from 1:30-2:30 pm. Register here

Brain Breaks

Brain Breaks

Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day to support overall health. Most children fall short of this goal. Lack of physical activity can impact a child's ability to learn. 

A 3-5 minute "brain break" can help children be more active. Download this booklet for 50+ classroom brain breaks that can help the children in your care become more physically active while having fun!

Team Up

Team Up for CACFP Success

Team Up for CACFP Success training will be held March 12th at Polk County ISU Extension and Outreach, 1625 Adventureland Dr in Altoona, and will include:

  • Tailored technical assistance to directors/managers/cooks that want to maintain a healthy childcare environment
  • Mentors will offer creative solutions for menu planning and family-style meals
  • The breakout sessions will group participants with mentors to provide effective peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Each participant will have a plan of action for moving forward and a new support person to contact for assistance

Mileage, sub-pay, and $300 sub-grants will be offered to all training participants. Contact if you are interested in being a mentor or participant. 

CACFP Shopper

CACFP Shopper Update

The CACFP Shopper was recently updated to include the newly creditable foods including hominy, coconut, corn masa, masa harina, tempheh, imitation crab, popcorn, and dried meat products. The new version of the app is now available. The app is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

CACFP Storymap

NEW CACFP Participation in Iowa Story Map

Provides information about CACFP participation, food access, and family poverty to help users understand disparities and opportunities. Scroll through the story map to see child care programs, both participating and not participating in CACFP, by type of program in the context of food deserts and families who are likely eligible for CACFP. Scroll down to the last map, to turn layers on and off and zoom-in to communities to better understand the needs of children and families in those areas. Use the maps to outreach to childcare centers and homes who would benefit from healthy meal reimbursement and CACFP participation.