Nutritious Meals Resources

Child care and early education programs play a critical role in supporting the health and wellness of children through the provision of nutritious foods. In particular, early childhood professionals have a powerful opportunity to instill healthy habits in young children that serve as a foundation for healthy choices throughout life. Programs will select one of two options to demonstrate they serve nutritious meals and snacks to children. Choose the option that best fits your program.

Option 1

Program is actively participating in a national food program, either the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and is in good standing. Active participation means the program is fulfilling the requirements to receive potential benefits on a monthly basis. To meet this indicator, evidence of current participation (billing statement, proof of payment, etc.) must be submitted. Evidence must include a valid date and should be within sixty (60) days from the date of Quality Standards Inventory submission.

Option 2

Program is not actively participating in a national food program. To meet this indicator, evidence must include one (1) week of menus aligned with USDA guidelines and completed Bright & Early ND Nutritious Meals Self-Assessment(s).

Bright & Early ND is proud to partner with Go NAPSACC to offer comprehensive program self-Assessments in the following areas: Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding, and Child Nutrition. Go NAPSACC self-assessments are the only approved self-assessments to meet the Bright & Early ND Nutritious Meals Self-Assessment requirements.

Clarification for programs serving Preschool children, in partial-day settings where meals snacks are provided from home. Evidence should include a completed Go NAPSACC Child Nutrition Self-Assessment, the sections titled 'Foods Provided' and 'Menus & Variety' are not applicable and can be left blank. Programs are encouraged to include a evidence note in their Quality Standards Inventory (QSI).

Self-Assessments for Preschool and Center Licensed Programs

The following fillable self-assessments are for programs serving children in a Preschool and Center licensed setting. Programs serving infants will also be required to complete the Go NAPSACC Breastfeeding & Infant Feeding Self-Assessment.

Self-Assessments for Family and Group Licensed Programs

The following fillable self-assessments are for programs serving children in a Family or Group licensed setting. Programs serving infants will also be required to complete the Go NAPSACC Breastfeeding & Infant Feeding Self-Assessment.

Go NAPSACC References
Ward D, Morris E, McWilliams C, Vaughn A, Erinosho T, Mazzuca S, Hanson P, Ammerman A, Neelon S, Sommers J, Ball S. (2014). Go NAPSACC: Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, 2nd Edition. Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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