Skip Navigation
Child & Adult Care Food Program
  you are here > CACFP > Recognition > Healthier CACFP Award  
 

 

Healthier CACFP Award

Recognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity in Child Care
opens in a new windowAll links on this page open in a new window.
 
What is it?
The Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Award is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers participating in CACFP. Child care centers taking steps to improve the nutrition, physical activity, nutrition education and/or environment for children in their care can apply to win an award in one or more of these categories. Three award levels are offered: Honors, High Honors and Highest Honors
 
Why is it important?
With one in five children being overweight or obese by the age of 6, child care centers play an essential role in the prevention of childhood obesity. Child caregivers have an opportunity to positively impact children’s healthy development by encouraging children to develop healthy habits at a young age.
 
Am I eligible to apply?
Participation in the CACFP and compliance with CACFP regulations is required to be eligible for the award. Meeting the award criteria and winning an award does not replace CACFP requirements. Applicants are required to be in good standing with the CACFP, defined as having completed and implemented all corrective actions from the previous compliance review and having not been seriously deficient in the past two years, at the time of application.
 
How do I apply?
The program application includes criteria in four categories: Menus, Physical Activity, Nutrition Education, and Environment. Applicants can choose which category(ies) they would like to apply for and at which level, and then submit the application to Child Nutrition & Wellness at the Kansas State Department of Education. Applications must include submission of the requested support documentation as listed in the “Evaluation” columns in the application. Instructions should be read carefully in each category to determine which criteria need to be met to achieve the different award levels. It is highly recommended that applicants utilize the Healthier CACFP Award Resource Book, which explains “why” and “how to” for each criterion and provides guidance and tools to assist with implementing the criteria.
Healthier CACFP Award Application
Healthier CACFP Award Application
Healthier CACFP Award Resource Book
Healthier CACFP Award Resource Book
   
What do I win?
Winners are recognized with awards issued jointly by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, and State agency that showcase the child care center’s achievement in the community. Specific awards are based on the award level achieved and include banners, certificates, letters to parents, and logo stickers that can be posted to announce the high wellness priority of the center. At the highest award level, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, officials will send an individualized congratulatory award presentation to the winners.
 
 
 
SEARCH
 
© 2009 www.kn-eat.org - All Rights Reserved.