Denise Kahler, Director of Communications     (785) 296-4876

 

March 12, 2014

For Immediate Release

 

 

Two Kansas Day Care Home Providers Recognized for Achieving Gold Level Wellness Guidelines

National Child & Adult Care Food Program Week Observed March 16-22

 

TOPEKA - The Kansas State Department of Education today announced that Kansas in-home day care provider Rebecca Moore of Shawnee County and former in-home day care provider Megan Massey of Brown County achieved the Gold Level Wellness guidelines established by KSDE through the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Both women were recognized for the exemplary levels of activity in nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity implemented within their day care programs.

 

CACFP is a federal nutrition program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve nutritious meals to children attending child care homes and centers and adults in adult care programs. For child care homes and centers, the program fosters positive, healthy eating habits at the earliest stages of development in order to reduce future health care and educational costs of the child due to lack of proper early development. The program also provides nutrition education and support for child and adult care personnel to serve healthy meals, establish positive eating habits, and enhance quality of life for children and older adults.

 

Through a three-year grant awarded by the USDA, KSDE established CACFP wellness guidelines in the areas of nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity, with incremental achievement levels denoted as Bronze, Silver and Gold, with Gold being the highest level achieved. Massey and Moore are the first two day care home providers in Kansas to attain this level. Currently there are 700 providers working towards this achievement.

 

Last year in Kansas, CACFP provided for more than 25 million meals and snacks each day to 47,000 program participants in 3,265 licensed day care homes, 680 child care centers and nine adult care centers. There are currently 289 CACFP sponsors in Kansas. 

 

To find out more about CACFP or to become a program sponsor, contact the Child Nutrition & Wellness Department at KSDE: 785.296.3201