CACFP Provides Nutritional Support for Home Childcare Provider

Children in Carol Reed’s care learn about nutrition and how to be a part of a community.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Member Carol Reed of Decatur, IL featured by the National CACFP Sponsors Association

Kids are different than when I first started, but they all need an adult to be a role model and to care for them. I want to be that person and help when they’re learning and when they’re struggling.”

— Carol Reed, Child Care Provider

ROUND ROCK, TX, USA, December 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Over 23 years ago, through prayer and thoughtful consideration, Carol Reed felt a calling to begin her own home childcare. Starting from the ground up, with only the experience of helping to care for her nieces, she created a place for the children in her home and joined the food program for nutritional support. She currently cares for fifteen children through both a first and second shift, with before and after school care.

Much of the role modeling that Carol does is through simple conversation, usually revolving around nutrition. She discusses making healthy choices in a fast food environment like choosing fruit instead of fries or grilled chicken instead of fried nuggets. She involves the children with snack ideas to invent new favorites. Sometimes this is as simple as incorporating a whole grain cereal and new fruit into a yogurt cup. Along with general nutrition education, they discuss dental health and physical health stressing that if they want to be the best and give their best, they have to be healthy.

In addition to nutrition, Carol discusses the importance of education with the children. Even when there is no homework assigned, the children work on math, spelling and have a reading club during the summer months. Through education and communication, she strives to teach the children respect and responsibility within a safe, structured atmosphere by creating a family environment, providing a connection of community, and treating others with kindness.

While Carol emphasizes community amongst all the children, she is also teaching them to be kind to others around them. As a group they are collecting money to donate to the World Vision Project and will research to decide which project they would like to donate to. With a role model like Carol, the children will understand how to be a healthy family together and be able to understand the importance of giving back to others in return.

CACFP is an indicator of quality child care. When children are cared for by providers who are part of the CACFP they are receiving the best nutrition available. Learn more about other CACFP providers featured in the Member Showcase through the National CACFP Sponsors Assocation.

Since 1986, the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) is the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It provides education and support to thousands of members in the CACFP community and in particular to sponsors of all sizes from across the country. CACFP strives to improve communication between families, caregivers, sponsors and their supervising government agencies.

Jennifer Basey
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