If you have children in your care who have food allergies, these resources from the Institute of Child Nutrition can be very helpful.
This food allergy fact sheet for family child care gives information and tips for creating a food allergy policy and food allergy plans for children with food allergies:
This sheet of frequently asked questions helps to answer common questions that family child care providers might have about children’s food allergies:
Snacks are part of the daily routine with young children and important for getting the nutrients they need as well as maintaining energy throughout the day. This tip sheet from the USDA offers great ideas for providers and parents for healthy snacking for children.
This resource from the Institute of Child Nutrition has information about safely handling and cooking food and even includes a recipe for taco salad and a sample menu.
There are many benefits to getting locally sourced food for your family child care. Buying local supports the community economy, tends to be fresher and healthier, and empowers children and families to make informed food choices. If you are thinking about shifting toward buying more locally sourced food or just want some tips and ideas, this resource from the National Farm to School Network has some great information.
The Care for Children with Food Allergies Provider Handbook is a resource available through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The handbook was created by by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This resource includes tips and guidelines for understanding and responding to food allergies.
Looking for some new, healthy recipes to try with the children in your family child care home? This cookbook from Team Nutrition at the USDA and the Let’s Move Initiative includes great recipes including whole grains, greens, and legumes that children and adults will enjoy.