Love and Memories, It's What Child Care Providers Give - #WonderfulWednesday #happythoughts

I do believe this is the perfect quotation for child caregivers.  This is what you do - giving love and making memories.  And it's awesome.

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.

Local Foods (and Gardens) in CACFP - Memo CACFP 11-2015 from USDA

Local Foods (and Gardens) in CACFP - Memo CACFP 11-2015 from USDA

This has been a long awaited memo to address some of the confusion around reimbursable meals if using the garden or procuring from CSA's, farmer's markets and other local food systems.  "The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the incorporation of local foods and agriculture-based curriculum in early childhood education and care settings. The memorandum also clarifies policies...

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The New Congress Releases its Budget Proposals | National Policy Blog

Although not final, the House budget proposes cutting $140 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Senate would eliminate $137 billion in its proposal. Additionally, both the House and Senate budgets would convert SNAP to a block grant, where states would receive a fixed amount of funding every year for nutritional assistance needs, which would lead to a significant number of families losing benefits. While both proposals have limited specifics at this time, the drastic cuts to domestic spending could significantly harm crucial child care and early education programs.
— Jay Nichols, The New Congress Releases its Budget Proposals
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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.

Not To Late To Do Something for CACFP Week

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.

Food is a Basic Right - CACFP Leadership Conference

Food is a Basic Right - CACFP Leadership Conference

The CACFP Leadership conference takes place in partnership with a larger anti-hunger policy conference in Washington D.C. put on by the Food Research and Action Center.  It is an inspiring conference.  An incredible opportunity to see that CACFP advocacy efforts align with those feeding hungry people healthy foods in our United States of America.

Rather than share with you a play by play from the sessions, in which I learned very much, I want to give you a better idea of how the rhetoric of hunger and health in our nation is relevant to the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

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20 Quotes From Children's Books To Keep With You

From A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh to Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Aesops Fables - there are some absolute keepers here.

It's hard to pick a favorite but on this Wonderful Wednesday, I am thinking it's from J.M. Barrie,  Peter  Pan.

"The moment where you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it" - Peter Pan

Which one is your favorite?  Share in comments below!

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.

Proposed CACFP Meal Pattern Rule: What Californians Need to Know to Comment

Proposed CACFP Meal Pattern Rule: What Californians Need to Know to Comment

California has a group called the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) which educates and advocates for food policy with the state legislature.  There is a division focused on child care policy and CFPA has created a fact sheet for the CACFP Meal Pattern Proposed Rule.  While the numbers are specific to California, much of what's shared is pertinent to anyone involved in child care nutrition.

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CACFP Leadership Conference - The Beginning

CACFP Leadership Conference - The Beginning

An exhilarating kick off to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Leadership Conference as we heard from the infamous and effective Geri Henchy - our leader advocating for CACFP on the Hill, Ed Cooney and Ellen Teller about lobbying, CACFP professional organizations and a wonderful representation of child care by Helen Blank and Eva Daniels.

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