The Sponsor Association's CACFP Week 2012 Tools

Resources from The Sponsor Association (TSA)

TSA has provided an idea packet that all are welcome to use as well as some postcard materials and additional guidance for TSA Members.

The theme this year is “The CACFP is a WIN WIN WIN for Children, Parents and Providers.” The poster and postcards are a part of this winning theme.

The posters say it’s a win: 1) for busy parents as they get to save time and money by not having to supply food, 2) for children as they stay healthy and have better attendance at child care and 3) child care providers can lower food expenses and still serve healthy, balanced meals.  http://www.cacfp.org/materials.asp

The idea packet ideas include: honor your providers, mail press releases to local newspapers, recipe swap, compile Recipes of Healthy Eating Booklet, hold a press conference to launch your booklet.  The packet has more details for these great ideas 2012 CACFP Week Idea Packet

There is a provider promotion page that gives you ideas for our how to get the providers involved.  A few of the ideas include: host an open house for the parents to attend so providers, parents and children can celebrate CACFP and serve some of the children’s favorite recipes or get the parents involved in creating the menu for the week and more.  2012 CACFP Week Idea Packet (find it around page 10, “Provider Promotion…”)

Also included in the packet is a press release template, a contact your legislator letter template, a narrative history of the CACFP, a paragraph of benefits for the child, parents, family child care provider, and community as well as other helpful information

Why do YOU think the CACFP is a win for parents and children?

Share your thoughts in the comments section (tab above) and then we can ALL share it with child care providers!  Lets work together to get people talking and understanding the CACFP!

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