Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dealing with a picky eater

Do you a child in your care that refuses to try something new? Many providers comment that they have children that just won't eat anything but chicken nuggets and french fries. Or that they would like to try new foods but don't thing their children will eat them. Don't let the fear of new foods stop you from introducing them. Children need multiple exposures to new foods to develop a taste for them.

 Make trying new foods a learning experience. Let the children touch it, smell it, and taste it. Talk about how it looks. Is it smooth? Does it have bumps? What color is it? Does it smell sweet? Try just a small tasting to start with. You might find that cooking it different ways will help a picky eater find a way they like it. Take apples for example: a child may not like a raw apple slice but if you take the apple slices, add a little cinnamon and microwave it till its soft they may like it. You could create a food tasting chart for each child. Give them a sticker to add to the chart when they try a new food.

You as the provider have the ability to help the children in your care create healthy eating habits for the rest of their life. 

Here are some other great activity ideas for trying new foods with a picky eater.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MCCOY has a lot of great training opportunities coming up !

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CACFP Approved Fish Sticks

Child Care Answers CACFP program has been working with providers this contract year on learning about Child Nutrition labels on processed foods and it has been very eye opening. According to the child nutrition label for some prepackaged fish sticks products a 3 year old would need 12 fish sticks to get 1 1/2 ounces of meat. Here is a fantastic way to make your own fish sticks for the kids. Try making a couple batches and freezing them for another day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Framing the Conversation on Race and Equity

Framing the Conversation on Race and Equity

This workshop is being sponsored by the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral.

April 29, 2015

Presented by: Shana Ritter, Director, Shana Ritter Facilitation & Consulting Services

Time: 1:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Time: 12:00 p.m - 1:30 p.m. (Central)

Participants can register at  www.iyi.org/webinars


Webinar Description

This webinar offers participants tools to help frame conversations on race, ethnicity and equity. We will explore how to use data and text and personal experience to construct conversations that explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and class. In addition, we will look at ways to make these conversations relevant for different age groups and settings.   These conversations are integral to the process of developing strategies and interventions to address inequities in our schools and communities.




Shana Ritter has extensive experience in the areas of culturally responsive practice, school improvement, family engagement and educational equity. She has worked with school districts and community groups to address issues of equity through data based decision making, culturally responsive practice, and dialogues on race, ethnicity and social justice.

Shana has developed and taught courses, seminars and community workshops on multicultural education, diversity in a pluralistic society, culturally responsive practices and moving toward equity.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

National CACFP Week

March 15-21, 2015 is National Child and Adult Care Food Program week. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a program through the USDA to offer reimbursement to child care providers for serving nutritious meals to children. Each day 3.3 million children across the United States are served meals that are part of the CACFP program.

National CACFP week is an excellent time to learn more about the program and sign on or promote the great work you, as a provider are already offering through the program. You may consider planning to try a new recipe that week to talk about the different components of the program, offer some nutrition lesson plans to the children, cook with the kids, or take the opportunity to share with your parents what the program offers to you and what it allows you to offer to the children.

If you are not already on the program and you are a license child care provider or have met the CCDF standards you might take the opportunity to look into signing onto the program. Child Care Answers sponsors providers in the Central Indiana region. If you are interested you can email Emily at emilyb@childcareanswers.com.