Our office has changed the procedures for when Centers receive their renewed/updated licenses. It is the responsibility of the Center to edit the license information within NDFoods once you receive the copy of the new license. The steps to update are: Log onto NDFoods; click-Sponsor Profile and then click on the Sites tab; pick the site; pick the program (Child and Adult Care (CACFP); Edit check the license number and license capacity (to make sure they match what is on the license), and update the license expiration date; save. Remember to fax/email or mail a copy of the new license to the Child Nutrition Office.
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 or Stacie Morowski if there will be a change in ownership/administration.
Whenever a new Lead Foodservice Worker (LFSW) is hired:
Our office will send a letter to both the authorized representative and the LFSW when training is required.
USDA has just released a new Crediting Guide for CACFP that is written under the current CACFP meal patterns. This resource complements the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs by providing crediting information on foods that are commonly served in child and adult care centers, family day care homes, and at-risk afterschool care centers. It also incorporates and updates the crediting information in previous publications What’s in a Meal? and Crediting Foods in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. This handbook is currently accessible through the USDA Website
How is food intolerance different from a food allergy? What are the symptoms of food intolerance? What foods should be avoided? How can I manage food intolerance in my child care? Find the answers to these questions and more in the November 2013 edition of Meal Time Memos for Child Care Providers
Reminder: Sponsors of multiple CACFP sites are required to complete a monitoring visit at each of their sites three times each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released voluntary guidelines for managing food allergies in schools and early childhood education programs. This resource contains valuable information for the daily management for food allergies and the recommended actions and responsibilities for staff members.
The North Dakota Department of Human Services recently released two documents outlining the best practices for nutrition and physical activity in child care settings. These best practices serve as a guide and a measurement tool for encouraging and teaching healthy lifestyles.
The “Best Practices for Physical Activity in Child Care” document explains recommendations for screen time, ways for creating play environments and supporting physical activity, and much more.
Together we can promote nutrition and physical activity to become a regular part of a child’s day beginning now and lasting into the future.
Team Nutrition has new nutrition education resources available to help introduce preschoolers to fruits and vegetables, and also to provide nutrition and wellness tips for young children.
Also add color to your menus while encouraging healthy choices by using free clipart images from Team Nutrition.
Red/orange vegetables are one of the five vegetable subgroups. Examples of red/orange vegetables include carrots, pumpkin, red peppers, squash (acorn, butternut, and Hubbard) sweet potatoes, tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. Please note that vegetables in baked goods such as breads or cakes cannot be credited as a vegetable. Try to incorporate at least one serving of red/orange vegetables in your menus each week. Here is a fun idea for serving red/orange vegetables and a recipe for Orange Glaze Carrots:
Veggie Smiley Face: We know that children love finger-foods! The red/orange vegetable subgroup offers many great finger food options including carrot sticks, carrot coins, tomato wedges, and red pepper strips. Arrange these finger-food veggies on a platter to make an eye-appealing smiley face using carrot coins for the eyes, tomato wedges for the nose, and red pepper strips for the mouth and eye brows. Be sure to show this veggie creation to the kids and allow them to choose which veggies they want.
Classroom Sanitation and Safety and on-line Sanitation Update classes are being offered this Spring. The information can be found at
Hi, my name is Stephanie Miller- I am child nutrition specialist and a licensed registered dietitian. Although I am considered new the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution staff, my time with DPI actually began in May 2012 when I became part of the team as a temporary child nutrition specialist to help with the transition to the new meal pattern for schools. Then in October 2013 I was hired as a part-time child nutrition specialist. I work remotely in the south central/south eastern portion of North Dakota conducting monitoring reviews, and providing training and technical assistance to schools and childcare programs. I also create and design training documents and program materials for the food programs.
My husband Craig and I live on the Miller family farm near Ellendale where we raise cow/calf pairs and organic crops. I am excited to be a part of the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution staff and look forward to meeting many of you as I am out and about traveling the state!