As the NEIFFI Early Childhood Coordinator, I encourage you to spend some time this month reflecting on the two simple questions listed below. It doesn’t matter if you are a parent, teacher, food service personnel, school administrator, daycare provider, grandparent, or anyone else who at times feed children…. these are very important questions.
What are we feeding our children?
Why is good nutrition for children so important?
I really can’t help you answer the first question. However, in my daily observations some of it isn’t ideal. Although, the picture about is a great picture of a healthy meal.
Regarding the second question, I think we all have some idea why good nutrition is important. Basic science tells us it is for brain and body development. That’s the reason prenatal care and nutrition is so vital to a healthy baby. But good nutrition doesn’t stop there. To be school ready for Preschool or Kindergarten children need good nutrition. Brain and body development continues for years after birth. The issue is we only have one chance to raise our children. Once they are in Kindergarten there really isn’t a chance for us to have a ‘re-do’ on the past five years of what we fed our children.
So please take time to reflect this month and try to make a difference in feeding children.
I want to personally take time this month to thank all of our local CACFP providers for their commitment to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and to the health and well-being of the children in your care.
Help me Celebrate National Week March 11-17 by thanking your childcare provider.
For more information about CACFP go to: www.cacfp