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.
- California Child Care Nutrition Research Update and Policy Convening Proceedings: describes the presentations from research experts and summarizes lessons learned from the convening.
- Is California Ready for the New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern?: a companion policy brief, provides recommendations for policy makers to support the nutritional needs of low-income children and their healthy development.
Following the convening California Food Policy Advocates launched Food with Care, a state budget campaign to support access to healthy meals for children in child care. To learn more about the campaign and how to get involved in the fight for #Food4All visit: www.cfpa.net/foodwithcare
Questions? Contact Melissa Cannon at 510.433.1122 ext. 102