Join the 30 Day Water Challenge for Early Care and Education

Water: it’s great for physical, oral and cognitive health. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) beverage requirements support this healthy habit. This 30 Day Water Challenge is designed to support child care providers in meeting those requirements. As of October 2017, CACFP-program providers must go beyond simply making water available and must also proactively offer drinking water. For more information about the requirements, click to read the 2016 memo from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. Monitoring for this requirement starts Oct. 1, 2018. To promote the importance of drinking water, try these simple activities--one for every day of the week. The National CACFP Take Action

Federal Funds for Lead Testing, Water Infrastructure & Lead Reduction

The FY18 Omnibus spending bill passed in Congress on March 26 included $20 million for a voluntary program to test school and childcare drinking water for lead. These funds were authorized by Section 2107 in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-322). WIIN, sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), was enacted Dec. 11, 2016 and signed by President Obama on Dec. 16, 2016. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the administering agency. EPA will make grants available to states or to local educational agencies (LEAs) to assist LEAs in voluntary testing for elevated lead levels in drinking water in schools and child care programs that are un

What Should Babies Drink?

When it’s time to drink something more than breastmilk or formula, plain water is best for babies. Learn more with a new video from 1,000 Days about introducing water to babies. Nutrition during a child’s early years has lifelong impacts, but more than half of mothers say they receive mixed messages about what food and beverages to provide their young children. 1,000 Days has created a series of 12 bite-sized (and oh-so-cute!) videos about what, when and how to feed infants and toddlers. While 1,000 Days’ goal is to develop resources for across the entire 1,000 day window from pregnancy to age 2, this video series focuses on the introduction of solid foods and builds upon the Healthy Eating

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