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.
USDA WIC Research Summary
The objectives of the WIC program include but are not limited to: improving fetal growth and development, improving the health and development of infants and young children, and increasing access to needed services. This report summarizes the research literature published since the last major review of the effectiveness of WIC in meeting these objectives.
Created by: United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services
CACFP Participation Trends 2012
Each year the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) analyzes CACFP participation data for child care centers and family child care homes provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the United States as a whole and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Key findings for fiscal year 2011 include:
Child Care Centers
- Nearly 2.5 million children enrolled in child care centers benefited daily from CACFP in fiscal year 2011, a .4 percent increase from fiscal year 2010.
- Nationally the number of child care centers participating in CACFP grew to 53,572 in fiscal year 2011, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.
Created by: Food Research and Action Center
Child Care Feeding Programs Support Young Children’s Healthy Development
This resource discusses the role of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) on the health of young children in child care centers and family child care homes. The resource highlights challenges associated with assessing health impacts of child care feeding programs and then shifts the focus on evidence that child care feeding programs do in fact improve health.
Created by: Children's Health Watch
Nutrition Education as Preventative Health Care- Case Study
Healthcare professionals are increasingly using practical nutrition education to educate patients on the importance of healthy eating and the impact of food choices on their health. This case study shows how health care centers are seen as a place of trust and authority and by adding nutrition education, health care centers can ensure that patients access nutrition education as part of their daily life.
A Partnership between Cooking Matters and Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Summary: Effects of WIC
This report summarizes the research literature published since the last major review of the effectiveness of WIC in meeting these objectives.
Created by: USDA Food and Nutrition Services
Participation in CACFP Is Associated with More Nutritious Foods and Beverages in Child Care
The aim of this study was to compare foods and beverages served to 2- to 5-year-olds by type of child care and participation in the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Written By: Lorrene D. Ritchie, Ph.D., R.D., Maria Boyle, M.S., R.D., Kumar Chandran, M.S., M.P.H., Phil Spector, Ph.D., Shannon E. Whaley, Ph.D., Paula James, Sarah Samuels, DrPH, Ken Hecht, J.D., and Patricia Crawford, DrPH, R.D.
Supported by grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ending Childhood Hunger in DC
A recruiting document for assisting interested child care providers to enroll in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Created By: DC Hunger Solutions
Child & Adult Care Food Program: Participation Trends 2009
CACFP participation data for child care centers and family child care homes provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the United States as a whole and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Created By: Food Research and Action Center