It's an exciting time in child care and early education. More than half of the nation's children are in a child care setting. Conversations are taking place. Resources being made. Money being given. Policy being advocated for. ChildCareInfo.com is providing a one stop shop for all of your child care needs (parents and grandparents too!)
Special Alert For The Child Care Community.
Time is running out to comment on the CACFP Meal Patterns Proposed Rule. This impacts you, even if you don't participate on the food program. Please use your voice - ensure that the voice heard by USDA is yours and not an organization that doesn't understand the nuances of child care and food service in this setting.. CACFP Leadership has created a short letter you can simply add your name to in regulations.gov. Click Here to clarify your voice in order to maximize your comment impact. Want to know more? See here.
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Find out about the 4th annual lunchtime challenge and get the link to the 2014 Winners Cookbook. Recipes created by children and each state is represented. Find your state!
A provider in one of the Facebook groups I am a part of posted this website and said it had great snack ideas on it. It's called Kids Teaching Kids. Not only does it have some fun snack ideas, that are searchable, they were created by kids.
National Empanada Day is Wednesday, get a recipe and a fun book recommendation. Share your empanada favorite or just share what you did to observe!
Great side dish of tasty zucchini veggies for lunch or dinner from the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).
Photo Credit: USDAgov, Flickr
Easy Granola Bar Recipe from National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)!
Photo Credit - Celeste Lindell, Flickr
We love spinach, here are a few recipes from USDA's Mixing Bowl in Cookbook format (PDF) and some posts from the Facebook world with tasty recipes! March 26 is National Spinach Day. Yum.
Strawberry day is on Februray 27! Get this free cookbook to see what you can easily whip up. Some links to tie in a craft or two if you'd like as well.
Find out what these great stickers are all about from Team Nutrition and how to order them! All meant to help you get the children in your care to try new foods.
Get some bran cereal and make some yummy muffins!
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