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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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Child Care Answers is a free Child Care Resource and Referral service for Child Care Providers, Parents and Community Leaders in Indiana. We cover Bartholomew, Brown, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson and Marion Counties. To find out more about our services please visit us at http://www.childcareanswers.com/.
It is the mission of Child Care Answers to ensure that the children of today and tomorrow are cared for in a professional and nurturing environment and that parents, child care providers, and community leaders, know the importance of their roles in the development of children.