What's the Dish?

By: Carla Gridley

Poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of obesity in America.  In a 2014 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine,researchers found that by the time American children enter kindergarten, 12.4% of them are already obese, and 14.9% are overweight.  It has been posited that should childhood obesity rates continue to rise, children today are likely to live shorter lives than their parents.

You love your child and you want the best for them. And at Childcare Network, we want the best for them too.

Recognizing the importance of helping children get a healthy start, all CNI meals and snacks meet the requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).


We feel we have a responsibility to help your child establish lifelong healthy habits early in life, thus dramatically reducing their health risks and increasing their chances for longer, healthier lives.

To find out more about CACFP enrollment, talk to your Center Director.


*CACFP requirements differ from state to state; see CACFP’s Website for current recommendations.

**In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Tags: food, nutrition, healthy