The handbook was developed by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. It addresses current wellness recommendations* for children ages 2 through 5 years old. The handbook contains a series of tip sheets, each of which focuses on a specific topic, such as "Build a Healthy Plate With Vegetables" or "Encourage Active Play." Each tip sheet includes ideas for hands-on activities and a practical application section. By using the tip sheets when planning meals and activities, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers can incorporate key recommendations and best practices into their menus and daily schedules.

The success stories shared in the handbook highlight examples of new and exciting ways CACFP child care programs have improved food they serve and activities they plan. Links to additional resources are also included in the publication, which features a new CACFP Wellness Resources Web page to help CACFP participants find the resources they need to meet wellness recommendations.

The handbook is available on the Team Nutrition Resource Library at:
Print copies will be made available for ordering in the Summer of 2013.

* From the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education, 3rd Edition.