Please join us as we welcome Margaret Mc Donald to the National CACFP Forum board. Margaret brings to the board many years of experience within all phases of CACFP and Child Care. We very much look forward to the insights and new ideas she will provide in her new role, especially given the changes in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Child Care this year and in the near future. The National CACFP Forum board is very excited for this opportunity to work with such a talented colleague as Margaret.
Margaret is currently the Executive Director of Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc. in Lawrence, MA and is responsible for directing all aspects of operations and programming for a non-profit child care organization providing child care services to income eligible families across the state of Massachusetts via state and federally funded financial assistance. Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc. employs 30+ FTE and oversees child care operations for approximately 700 children daily. Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc. is a sponsor of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program for 500+ licensed Family Child Care Providers in Massachusetts providing nutritious meals to children and monitoring health, safety, education and program quality.
Margaret will be at the National CACFP Leadership Conference February 25-27, 2018 in Washington D.C. , please take a moment to say hi and introduce yourself to Margaret.
Look for more about Margaret McDonald in future editions of Voices and CACFP News to Use. Interested in participating and/or supporting more in the National CACFP Forum, contact us.
Linking Research to Policy: Implementation of the New CACFP Meal Pattern
Consider this your not to be missed session: Join us at the CACFP Leadership Conference for the review that will move all of CACFP forward together during transition.
The new CACFP meal pattern went into effect on October 1, 2017. Providers have one year to work toward successfully implementing the new meal pattern before enforcement will begin on October 1, 2018. Researchers across the country have been conducting baseline assessments and surveying providers to understand the key barriers and facilitators to successful implementation. This panel will present the findings of this research, representing a variety of geographical perspectives and provider types (centers, FCCHs, and licensed exempt), and discuss the implications of their findings on successful policy implementation and training and technical assistance needs going forward.