Community Connections

Grants

Find information on specific grants, as well as resources to locate grants and information on the grant writing process.


Nibbles For Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Developed for child care center staff and parents of young children enrolled in child care centers. Contains reproducible newsletters that staff can give to parents to address many of the challenges they face.


Ready, Set, Go! Creating and Maintaining a Wellness Environment in Child Care Centers Participating in the CACFP

National Food Service Management Institute.

This best practice resource is a self-assessment checklist designed for child care directors who are implementing or assessing wellness practices in child care centers participating in the CACFP. Includes sections examining Resources and Partnerships, and Parent Involvement.


Child and Adult Care Food Program Promising Practices (PDF | 2.36 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education.

CACFP providers in Maryland conducted assessments of the current nutrition and physical activity practices in their centers. Mini grant proposals were written based on knowledge gained from the training and needs identified in the assessment results. This document provides highlights from the mini grant activities.


CARE Connection: Introduction to CACFP

National Food Service Management Institute.

Lessons describe how child care centers and family day care home providers can participate in the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) as well as tips for gaining support for your program from parents and the community. From the CARE Connection curriculum series.


Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.

These guidelines challenge child care facilities to improve their meal service by following recommended standards that are above the minimum requirements.


Tips for Gaining Parental Support of Your Child Nutrition Program (PDF | 1.4 MB)

National Food Service Management Institute.

This 2-page fact sheet provides step-by-step guidance for gaining support from parents. From the Mealtime Memo for Child Care series.


Chefs Move to Schools: Success Stories

Chefs Move to Schools.

Highlights feature successful chef and school or child care partner stories from around the country.