Monthly Archives: March 2016

National CACFP Week!

ETL_FINAL_COVER-smIt is National CACFP Week, a time to raise awareness of how the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger and bring healthy foods to underserved populations. Our work with CACFP has focused on early education settings, but the program also serves adults in care.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is designed to help providers serve nutritious food to children and adults, reimbursing providers for qualified meals and snacks that they serve while offering training, technical assistance, and program oversight. While researching our 2015 “Eating to Learn” report, we discovered that this program is underutilized in Massachusetts. Statewide, approximately 220,000 children are enrolled in early childhood education and out-of-school programs, many of them spending over 8 hours per day in care. This program is a crucial source of nutrition because many children receive the majority of their daily meals and snacks while in care. For our report on CACFP in MA early education and care settings, click here.

The poster below was produced by the National CACFP Sponsors Organization, a national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA CACFP. Please feel free to download and share with those you know!


For more information on National CACFP Week, click here.

Early Education and Care Small Business Innovation Center: Now Recruiting!

We are pleased to announce that the Early Education and Care Small Business Innovation Center (EECSBIC) is now recruiting its second cohort of providers!


It is a program to help early education and care business owners learn how to better manage their operations.


Over the course of ten Saturday morning sessions, trainers will share hands-on lessons in technology, marketing, and financial management. In addition, individual coaches will be available to help providers make the most of their new skills. Each participant also has the option to purchase a discounted Google Chromebook to use during class and to keep once the program has completed, thanks to assistance from Tech Goes Home and Google.


Early education and care business owners in the Greater Roxbury / Dudley area are encouraged to message our Senior Researcher, Kira Taj. We look forward to hearing from you!

To learn more about the EECSBIC, visit our website or watch this video: