ECE Nutrition

Similar to our state-funded contributions to K-12 meals, policymakers should fund a per-meal reimbursement for all early childhood education programs that participate in the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

CFPA Primary Contact

Elyse Homel Vitale
Nutrition Policy Advocate
510.433.1122 ext. 206


6.11.14 Budget Conference Committee eliminates Assembly's ECE Nutrition proposal
5.29.14 Budget Conference Committee conferees announced
5.22.14 Assembly Budget Subcommittees pass $10.1 million ECE nutrition budget item
5.13.14 Governor's Proposed May Revision Budget: No significant increases in child nutrition funding
1.9.14 Governor's Proposed Budget: No significant increases in child nutrition funding

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Early Childhood Education: Nutrition Investments



ECE Budget Infographic

Children grow and develop rapidly within the first
five years of life. They need nutritious diets to support
a healthy start. Having access to healthy foods early in
life also helps children develop long-term, healthy eating
habits. However, serving nutritious foods is a heavy and
all-too-often unmanageable financial burden for many early
childhood educators, particularly those serving our most
disadvantaged kids.

State budget conditions are improving – and it's time
for policymakers to acknowledge the value of investing in
early childhood nutrition. A small, state-funded contribution
to each nutritious meal served in early childhood education
settings (similar to the State's investment in school meals)
can bolster the financial stability of early childhood educators,
improve the overall quality of care, support crucial brain
development, and prepare our youngest children for success
in kindergarten.

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Page last updated 6.17.2014