Presentation on theme: "Reauthorization 2015 Listening Session"— Presentation transcript:
1 Reauthorization 2015 Listening Session Today’s listening session is a key step in developing a comprehensive set of recommendations for the 2015 reauthorization.The Association will be a strong voice representing the State agency perspective throughout the reauthorization process.Reauthorization 2015 Listening SessionNational CACFP Professionals Conference
2 Child Nutrition Reauthorization The last reauthorization: Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids ActThe next reauthorizationFirst we will briefly cover the last reauthorization and then move onto the next reauthorization.As you know, Congress must reauthorize the Child Nutrition Programs every five years. This provides an opportunity for Congress to improve the programs. As State CACFP agencies directors and staff, we are uniquely well qualified to make recommendations to improve CACFP. We are also uniquely constrained – in fact prohibited as state agency employees from taking any political action. We can answer questions, if a Congress person asks us, and some state CACFP agencies have played an important role by answering questions. For example, NY state in the last CNR.But to really take action politically we must rely on the National CACFP Professionals Association. NPA has ably represented state agency views in the past child nutrition reauthorization and will do so again in the coming 2015 CNR.
3 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act CACFP Improvements:Improves promotion of good nutrition & wellnessProtects State agency staff & increases audit fundsReduces paperwork for parents, providers & sponsorsIncreases access in low-income neighborhoodsRequires a child care & CACFP studyEncourages improvements in child care licensingLets take a quick look at the last reauthorization – what was it called? Yes everyone knows by now – The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.As State agencies, you have been working hard to implement these important changes. We all deserve a big Congratulations! for making the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act actually happen by moving through so many new memos and guidance and regulations. When we look at what is in the HHFKA we can get a sense of what can be accomplished in a reauthorization. (To save time you can skip reading the list of the slide.)
4 Promoting Good Nutrition & Wellness Improves CACFP nutrition standardsRequires nutrition, health & wellness education
5 ResourcesUSDA funded to provide nutrition education resources & training ($10 million)Local WIC agencies can share WIC nutrition education materials with CACFP institutions at no cost
6 Protects State Agency Staff 6Federally-funded jobs in state CACFP agencies must be excluded from state layoffs & furloughs6
7 Increases Audit FundsAllows USDA to increase the state audit funds made available to any State agency from 1.5 percent to up to a total of 2 percent if the State agency demonstrates that it can effectively use the funds to improve program management
8 Less Paperwork for Parents, Providers & Sponsors Parents can return forms directly to providersParents will only need to give the last four digits of social security numberParents, providers & sponsors will no longer have to operate under difficult & ineffective audit procedures (“block claiming”)
9 Less Paperwork for Parents, Providers & Sponsors 9Applications & operating agreements will be permanent, with updates as necessary (no annual resubmission)Guardians can easily enroll foster children9
10 Less Paperwork for Sponsors Flexibility to maximize reimbursements:Sponsoring organizations can use a simplified method of monthly reimbursements (“homes times rates”)Sponsoring organizations can carry over up to 10 percent annually
11 Increasing Access for Family Child Care Expands eligibility by allowing the use of high school & middle school data to qualify family child care providers to receive the maximum reimbursement (“Tier 1”)
12 Afterschool Meal Program 12Now available in all statesFunding to serve meals in addition to snacks in afterschool programs (school-aged programs)12
13 Child Care & CACFP Study Launches a study of the nutrition & wellness practices in child care settings to be conducted every five years by USDA in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS):Includes an assessment of the barriers & facilitators to reaching nutrition & wellness goals & to participating in CACFPUSDA has issued an RFP for this study.
14 Child Care LicensingHealthy Hunger-Free Kids Act: USDA & HHS must encourage state child care licensing agencies to:Include wellness standardsRequire foods served to be consistent with the healthy meal patterns & nutrition standards of CACFPHHS & USDA has not issued these recommendations yet.14
15 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015 Let’s turn now to the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization which is scheduled to happen in This is the important part of today’s session when you will have an opportunity to make recommendations for the next reauthorization. We are going to be working today as a group at each table. The National CACFP Professional Association board members will be available to help facilitate the process. We have provided each table with a large piece of paper and a marker. Your job today is to list the top five change you would like to see in the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization.Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015National CACFP Professionals Conference
16 National CACFP Professionals Association List the top five Changes You would like to see in the 2015 Child nutrition reauthorizationYou will have 20 minutes to discuss your recommendations and list them on the paper. (If you have more than five you can list them below the top five.) At the end of the 20 minutes, we will ask for volunteers to report back the recommendations from your table. We will also be collecting the lists from each table. [If it turns out you can post them somewhere, then explain it to them now.]National CACFP Professionals Association
17 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015 Time to Report YourTop Five RecommendationsThank you for these excellent recommendations. We will summarize the lists from all the tables & report the results at the closing session.
18 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015 Today’s listening session is a key step in developing a comprehensive set of recommendations for the reauthorization.The National CACFP Professionals Association will continue to be a strong voice representing the State agency perspective throughout the reauthorization process.