This product is free for those who attended FNCE® 2017.
The USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) serves over four million children per day and plays a critical role in supporting the wellness of children by providing nutritious foods. Through CACFP, RDNs, especially those working in early care and education and out-of-school-time programs, have a powerful opportunity to instill healthy habits that serve as a foundation for healthy choices. In April 2016, CACFP's guidelines (meal patterns) were updated significantly for the first time since 1968, and these updated guidelines must be in place by October 1, 2017. Many states chose to implement aspects of the updated meal patterns almost a year ahead of this implementation date. This session will explore the successes and challenges faced in early implementation, including a discussion on the role of the RDN in ensuring a smooth transition between meal patterns. Many new resources that RDNs can use to help child care sites meet meal pattern requirements will also be highlighted.
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 4080, 4150, 8010
- Describe three strategies that RDNs can employ to facilitate implementation of updated CAFCP Meal Patterns in day care centers and homes.
- Name three challenges to successfully implementing the updated CACFP Meal Patterns, and the RDN's role in mitigating these barriers.
- Name three resources available from Team Nutrition that assist with updated CACFP Meal Pattern implementation
- Alicia White, MS, RD
- Samia Hamdan, MPH, RDN
- Andrea Farmer, MS, RD, LD