Celebrating CACFP Week with Mini-Grants for Family Child Care and Sponsoring Organizations
T&L Foundation for Child Care Information announces mini-grants for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) family child care providers and sponsoring organizations during CACFP Week. The grants are to strengthen health and wellness in child care environments.
T&L Foundation is pleased to celebrate CACFP Week in 2016 by launching its first mini-grant program. Family child care providers on the food program are eligible to apply for up to $250 to implement a health and wellness best practice in their program. CACFP Sponsoring organizations are also eligible to apply for up to $500 to assist family child care providers they service that goes above and beyond the USDA Meal Pattern.
“Healthy eating habits, nutrition, physical activity and parent engagement are among the four objectives applicants can identify in their program’s goals,” says Samantha Marshall, T&L Foundation’s co-founder and President. “We believe difficult decisions have to be made when it comes to paying a bill or implementing a desired health and wellness objective. This mini-grant will enable caregivers to do things like start family style meal service, get a rocking chair for breastfeeding moms, or put in a shade structure in their outside classroom.”
After a successful first fundraiser in August 2015, Summer Sips and Strokes, T&L Foundation decided the best thing to do with the money is give it all, minus the direct costs of the fundraiser, right back to the community they are servicing. “We were pleasantly surprised by the immediate support of the community with attendees and donors often stating - ‘anything for healthy kids!’” says Tom Clark, co-founder and Chairman of the Board.
CACFP Week 2016 is the perfect time to launch the first mini-grant program. Part of T&L Foundation’s mission is to make the public aware of the positive impact CACFP makes on the lives of our young children in child care. T&L Foundation has a goal to encourage participation in the food program among child care providers and eligibility for grants based upon participation, in addition to partial reimbursement and nutrition education, can be a motivating factor.
T&L Foundation for Child Care Information is a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening quality child care and early education through participation in and education of health and wellness initiatives. We see a future full of healthy and bright adults because their child care environment was set up to impact the whole child; an environment that helps young children flourish through physical and mental wellbeing. Visit www.tlfcci.org and follow us @tlfcci for more information.