Early Childhood Nutrition Programs

Poor early childhood nutrition can negatively impact a child’s physical and emotional development in both the short- and long-term and limit adult achievement and productivity. Early child development and nutrition programs, like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are two federal food programs aimed at ensuring infants and children have access to nutritious food.  WIC provides funds for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors, nutrition education and help locating healthcare and other community services.  CACFP provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults in day care facilities and in afterschool programs.