Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act: CACFP Nutrition Requirements Timeline Implement Beverage Requirements (2011) Allows only lower fat milk to be served to children over age two. Water must be accessible throughout the day. USDA has issued policy. Implement New Meal Regulations (2015/2016) USDA must revise CACFP meal pattern to be consistent with U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Regulations may be proposed for public comment in early Interim final regulations may be implemented 2015.
Child Care Beverages Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Allows only fat free (skim) or low fat (1%) milk to be served to children over age two Water must be accessible throughout the day Child Care Beverages
Could CACFP be even better? YES CACFP Supports Good Nutrition in Child Care
USDA must revise CACFP meal pattern to be consistent with U.S. Dietary Guidelines Revisions will be based on IOM report, CACFP: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All Nutrition Requirements
USDA: Regulations Congress: Law Federal Food Program Policy Process
Child & Adult Care Food Program New Meal Regulations Possible Timeline USDA Proposes New Rules Early 2014 Public Comments 90 days Early 2014 USDA Issues New Rules 2015 New Rules Implemented 2015* * Fiscal Year 2016
Option: Two Stage Rule Process Rule #1 makes CACFP meals healthier by making the meals & snacks more consistent with the Dietary Guidelines & up-to-date scientific recommendations within reasonable costs. Rule #2 would be developed & issued after the Next Dietary Guidelines which will for the first time cover infants & toddlers up to 2 years of age, & 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization which will hopefully offer additional funding. Rule #1 Rule #2
CACFP Paperwork Reduction Initial streamlining in law (e.g. eliminating block claims) USDA Paperwork Reduction Work Group
Increased focus on nutrition & wellness standards: child care licensing & child care subsidy Child Care
Healthy, Hunger Free-Kids Act: Licensing USDA & HHS must encourage state child care licensing agencies to: Include wellness standards Require foods served to be consistent with the healthy CACFP meal pattern & nutrition standards HHS & USDA are preparing a set of recommendations to share with states
HHS Proposed Nutrition & Quality Requirements Establishes minimum health & safety training requirements for subsidized child care. Training requirements include nutrition.
HHS Proposed Nutrition & Quality Requirements One important component for success will be to fully utilize the power of CACFP to support quality in subsidized child care. As the Office of Child Care recognizes in the rule, “Another key partner in ensuring health, safety and quality in child care is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).”
HHS Proposed Rule: Comment Recommendations CACFP nutrition education should qualify as training hours to meet the new child care nutrition training requirement for providers. Include CACFP participation as one of the indicators of quality in the “transparent system of quality indicators” including QRIS systems. Non-CACFP eligible providers would be required to meet the CACFP standards.
HHS Proposed Rule: Comment Recommendations CACFP outreach should be encouraged as part of quality improvement activity crucial to the “Implementation of an infrastructure of support to build child care provider capacity to promote health through wellness, physical activity and nutrition programs.” Include CACFP participation as a minimum reporting requirement for provider-specific quality information posted on the user-friendly web-site, and the report to parents on the qualifications of the provider they have chosen.
CONTACT INFORMATION Geraldine Henchy, MPH, RD Food Research & Action Center 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 540 Washington, DC (202)