Helping People….Changing Lives

From Sunday, March 14th through Saturday, March 20th, child and adult care providers across the country will celebrate National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week.  CACFP participants are dedicated to serving nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults in care settings.

In recognition of their hard work and commitment to children, the Chautauqua Child Care Council of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI), recently distributed “Certificates of Awesomeness” to the registered and licensed and informal (legally exempt) child care providers in Chautauqua County who participate in the CACFP through the Council.  Along with the certificates, the Council offered child care providers parent newsletters and fun activities for helping children to learn healthy eating habits.

Because participation in the CACFP is a measure of quality in a child care program, it is something the Council suggests parents look for when choosing a provider to care for their children.  Parents who need child care or help in paying for care are encouraged to call the Council’s toll-free number (800-424-4532) or go to COI’s website (www.chautauquaopportunities.com).  The Council offers free referrals to registered and licensed child care programs. Council staff can also provide assistance in what to look for in quality child care and help in finding ways to pay for child care.

Anyone interested in learning more about the CACFP can contact the Child Care Council’s CACFP Specialist, Chris Wigren, at 716-661-9430 ext.  2269.