Leveraging Healthy Meals in Child Care


1.18.2018 Serving healthy meals in child care is essential to supporting the health and development of California’s youngest learners, but not all children have access. Nearly a quarter of California’s young children live in poverty, and many parents struggle to meet their basic needs, including feeding their families. To build a stronger future, low-income parents need access to affordable, high-quality child care that keeps their children healthy and well-nourished while they work towards financial stability.

In October, 2017, California Food Policy Advocates, the University of California Nutrition Policy Institute and the Sarah Samuels Center for Public Health Research & Evaluation co-convened nutrition and early care partners around the topic of early childhood nutrition, with a specific focus on strategies to increase access to high-quality nutrition environments in child care.