CEES is proud to announce that Jean Bianchi, Nutrition Director has been elected to represent the Northeast region of the National CACFP Sponsors Association. As the Northeast Regional Representative, Jeanie will work closely with the NCA Board on all activities and projects that sustain the organization and support all member's program and operations. She has also been appointed to the Committees on Nutrition Education and on Web-site.
2015 Northeast Regional Sponsor Representative
“Clarendon is the “2005” winner of the Congressional “Victory Against Hunger Award.” We were honored to have been nominated for this prestigious national award by Massachusetts Senators, The Honorable Senator Kennedy and The Honorable Senator Kerry.”
Reimbursement for nutritious meals served to children under Clarendon's sponsorship of USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program. For more information please call Jean Bianchi, Nutrition Director 781-275-2720 ext 112.
CEES Directors meet with Congressman Tierney for the 2009 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington, D.C."
Clarendon is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency that sponsors the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Care/ for providers participating in Clarendon’s Child Care Systems across the state as well as independent Providers. The CACFP provides many benefits for providers and children including, nutrition training, free nutritious meals for children and financial reimbursement for provider’s meal service costs. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Nutrition, Health and Safety. http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/ provides oversight for all sponsors of the CACFP in MA.
Clarendon is a staunch advocate for the continuation of Federal funding for the Food Program and works tirelessly with The Food Research and Action Center. FRAC is the leading National Organization dedicated to the integrity of the CACFP and the welfare of America’s hungriest children.
NUTRITION AND CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Good nutrition is critical to a child's physical health and cognitive development. All Clarendon providers participate in the food program and provide nutritious meals and snacks, which are in accordance with the USDA guidelines.
All children in the system are enrolled in the Child Care Food Program. Meals are provided at no additional cost to parents. Parents are not required to send meals or food to day care.
CEES encourages parents to discuss any concerns regarding a child's nutrition, allergies or nutrition in general, with your provider and Clarendon staff.
Nursing mothers are encouraged to bring breast milk for their infants to the child care provider’s home.
Providers receive on-going nutrition training including CPR & First Aid, SIDS, Health & Safety and Record-Keeping.
Providers receive financial reimbursement, a calendar keeper and a bi-monthly newsletter. The newsletter provides nutrition information and activities.
CACFP reimbursement rates (these rates are adjusted annually)
Clarendon homes are reviewed quarterly by Food Program Monitors to ensure that children are receiving nutritious home cooked meals in compliance with USDA regulations. In addition, menus are reviewed and homes are inspected to assure that proper sanitation procedures are being followed.
A huge thank you to Verissa Klucevsek of Sagamore and Maria Russo of Medford for being showcased in the National CACFP Sponsors Association’s Member’s Showcase for home child care providers. They shared their stories of how the CACFP has enriched their lives and of their day care children by serving healthy nutritious foods. #NationalCACFP thank you! #CEESthanksyou
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(Learning Experiences and Resources Now)
All of us at Clarendon are pleased to announce our new monthly curriculum. We have titled it LEARN (Learning Experiences and Resources Now!) to reflect not only children’s learning in our programs, but also how much we learn from our children and families everyday. The guide is designed to include experiences for mixed ages from infancy to school age and we hope that you will find these ideas helpful and inspiring. Each month we will include an introduction to the topic, several experiences and investigations across curriculum areas, a healthy recipe, resources and a message to families that includes resources as well. The curriculum web we have included provides an overview of suggested learning experiences and how they relate to the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers and Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences. Be assured that the suggested activities for school age children also reflect best practices and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The web can be posted in your program and will provide a basis for you to share with families what children are learning through play.
LEARN reflects Clarendon’s philosophy that children learn through positive interactions with caring adults who understand how children develop and provide opportunities for meaningful hands-on learning experiences. Children learn best through activities that engage their senses and need individual support as they explore and discover themselves, others and the world around them in the context of their families and cultures.
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"The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and /or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”