Leveraging Healthy Meals in Child Care

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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.