Application (Eligibility) Forms: The application form that determines eligibility for free or reduced meals must be updated annually. Income eligibility forms should be considered current and valid until the last day of the month in which the form was dated one year earlier. If you receive the signed new form in June, it’s valid until June 30th of the next year. If the form is received and signed in July, it’s valid through July of the next year.
Don’t forget to complete the “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” section on the back side of the application.
The revised updated form is available on our website at http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/ and will be also included in your renewal application packet.
Corinne Bennett will retire April 30, 2012 after 26 years of service with the state of North Dakota. Corinne began her career in state government in 1984 as director of the Child Development Center at the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown. From 1991-2001 she served as the state administrator of Early Childhood Services with the Department of Human Services. Corinne started in her tenure at the Department of Public Instruction Child Nutrition and Food Distribution programs in August of 2008 as the CACFP Manager.
Best wishes to Corinne as she begins a new journey with her husband, Wally, who retired from the North Dakota Department of Human Services in 2003.
Place fish shaped crackers on small individual plates. Place 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter/sun butter in the bottom of the small paper cup. Taking the Pretzel rods/celery sticks have the children dip in the cup of peanut butter and then go “fishing” in the plate of cracker and see what they can catch with their fishing rods.
Many people think you need a lot of room to have a child care garden, but that’s not true at all. You may not realize you can garden with containers only. Container vegetable gardens are growing in popularity because space is a valuable commodity. If you are new to gardening with children, start small and then expand as your confidence and experience increases.
There are some easier vegetables to grow in containers and those are the ones that bear fruits over a period of time. Vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers are two really good choices when it comes to container vegetable gardens. These two vegetables are very hearty and grow well in containers. Carrots, radishes, onions, potatoes and lettuce can also be grown in container gardens as well. You will need deeper containers to house these vegetables usually, but it can be done.
Tips for container gardening:
Other garden ideas:
First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services have launched a new effort, Let’s Move! Child Care to promote children’s health by encouraging and supporting healthier physical activity and nutrition practices for children in child care.
The initiative sets out five goals and provides resources to achieve the goals. Quizzes allow each child care to evaluate their program on best practices relating to each goal. Quizzes are based on recommendations that were developed from existing national recommendations, research literature, and expert panels. The five goals are:
For more information and how to signup, go to:
Program renewals and claims for reimbursement will look different after July 1, 2012. A new web-based system, NDFoods, will be replacing our current FNP system. The system has many new features to assist you in administering the CACFP. All authorized representatives will need a ND Login ID to access the system. A user’s manual and training webinars will be available in June.
CACFP programs must notify the Child Nutrition office of any changes in the ownership or administration (i.e. director) of the centers prior to when these changes are made. Failure to notify our office of these changes could delay or reimbursement payments or make the center ineligible for payments. Please contact Carla Wardzinski if there will be a change in ownership/administration.
The NCCIC Library collection contains over 20,000 summaries and availability information for published documents of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and other members of the child care community. Links to full-text publications about child care and school-age issues are provided when available. If you go to their library search page you can search their library resources whenever you would like. The NCCIC Library can be found at: http://nccic.acf.hhs.gov/library/index.cfm?do=oll.search
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