Indicator SM.1

Program serves nutritious meals and snacks to children.

Child care and early education programs play a critical role in supporting the health and wellness of children through the provision of nutritious foods. 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 and provide supporting evidence.

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 an 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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