Elyse Homel Vitale
Nutrition Policy Advocate
AB 290 (Alejo): Foundations for Healthy Nutrition in Child Care proposes amending licensing laws to add one hour to the preventive health and safety training in order to educate prospective child care providers about the importance of childhood nutrition and the resources of CACFP.
Signed by the Governor!
Implementation Date: Jan 1, 2016
AB 290, Chaptered: PDF
Subscribe and receive email updates on CFPA sponsored legislation. link
For more on Child Care Nutrition, visit
CFPA's Child Care Nutrition page.
California's licensing laws do not require providers to undergo any nutrition training. Yet research indicates child care provider training has the greatest impact on the quality of child care programs. With nearly 25% of preschool-aged children overweight or obese, thousands of California's youngest residents face a lifetime of health challenges (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, cancer) related to poor nutrition. Conversely, children who practice healthy eating habits during the first five years of life are more likely to extend those healthy habits into adulthood. With more than 45,000 licensed child care facilities in California serving over one-million children, child care providers are uniquely positioned to influence the health of our youngest residents. AB 290 would amend child care licensing laws to increase the required hours of preventive health and safety training to include one hour on the importance of childhood nutrition and the resources of CACFP.
4.30.2014 In October 2013, Governor Brown signed the CFPA-sponsored bill AB 290 (Alejo) Foundations for Healthy Nutrition in Child Care in to law. While the bill’s effective date is January 1, 2016 Read more here…
10.11.2013 We are thrilled to announce that AB 290 (Alejo) Foundations for Healthy Nutrition in Child Care was signed into law by Governor Brown today, Friday October 11. Read more here…
9.16.2013 AB 191 (Bocanegra) and AB 290 (Alejo) have made it through the Legislature and are now on the Governor’s desk. Governor Brown has until Sunday, October 13 to sign or veto Read more here…
Fact Sheet about the implementation process of the new law, prepared by CFPA. PDF
Use these instructions to send a quick email to the Governor’s office and show your support for AB 290. PDF
Use these instructions and sample script to call the Governor’s office and show your support for AB 290. PDF
Personalize this sample letter of support to show the Governor why AB 290 is needed and valuable legislation! doc
Sample Senate Floor Alert. doc
Fact Sheet about the bill, prepared by CFPA. PDF
Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the bill, prepared by CFPA. PDF
Page last updated 10.11.2013