Community Connections


Find information on specific grants, as well as resources to locate grants and information on the grant writing process.

Food for Thought

Sesame Workshop.

Food for Thought: Eating Well On A Budget is a bilingual, multimedia program designed to help support families who have children between the ages of 2 and 8 and are coping with uncertain or limited access to affordable and nutritious food.

Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.

These guidelines challenge child care facilities to improve their meal service by following recommended standards that are above the minimum requirements.

Tips for Gaining Parental Support of Your Child Nutrition Program (PDF | 1.4 MB)

National Food Service Management Institute.

This 2-page fact sheet provides step-by-step guidance for gaining support from parents. From the Mealtime Memo for Child Care series.

Ready, Set, Go! Creating and Maintaining a Wellness Environment in Child Care Centers Participating in the CACFP

National Food Service Management Institute.

This best practice resource is a self-assessment checklist designed for child care directors who are implementing or assessing wellness practices in child care centers participating in the CACFP. Includes sections examining Resources and Partnerships, and Parent Involvement.

CARE Connection: Introduction to CACFP

National Food Service Management Institute.

Lessons describe how child care centers and family day care home providers can participate in the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) as well as tips for gaining support for your program from parents and the community. From the CARE Connection curriculum series.

Child and Adult Care Food Program Promising Practices (2009) (PDF | 2.36 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education.

CACFP providers in Maryland conducted assessments of the current nutrition and physical activity practices in their centers. Mini grant proposals were written based on knowledge gained from the training and needs identified in the assessment results. This document provides highlights from the mini grant activities.

Nibbles For Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Developed for child care center staff and parents of young children enrolled in child care centers. Contains reproducible newsletters that staff can give to parents to address many of the challenges they face.