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Farm to ECE program at La Petite Academy – Mundy’s Mill in Jonesboro. Photo credit: Linden Tree Photography.

Harvest of the Month: Apples

Enjoy APPLES for the Harvest of the Month!

Harvest of the Month Calendar

Download this printable calendar to help plan your meals and snacks each month! Also be sure to try Harvest of the Month Fruit & Veggie Bingo (activity / printable cards)! Stay tuned for info about upcoming Harvest of the Month foods...
  • January: broccoli
  • February: carrots

Moo Moo Awards

QCC was excited to recognize 54 Georgia child care programs we support through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) as Moo Moo Award recipients! The Moo Moo award trophies were given out to centers that have not had milk serving errors over the last 12 months. We had an additional 18 centers receive an Honorable Mention.

Pictured on the right: Owner Michelle Baker and children at Kreative Kidz Academy in Valdosta receives her Moo Moo Award from Kazookles the Cow.
Congratulations to all of this year's Moo Moo Award winners!
A Peace of Mind Prep Academy LLC
An Apple a Day Early Learning Center
Barbara's Babies Learning Center
BeeKids Academy
Beulah Early Learning Center
Bilingual Academy
Bold Springs Academy
Bree's Creative Learning Child Care Center
Candy Cane's Learning Center
Children For Christ Academy
Currahee Academy
Daycare Centers of Elberton 
Discovery Point #1
Elite Children Learning Center (Austell)
Elite Children Learning Center (Mableton)
First Steps Childcare of Braselton
Generational Kids Academy Inc.
Genesis Learning Academy of Kennesaw 
Golden Kidz Child Care Center
H.E.R.O.'S Instillment Academy
Here We Grow Children's Place
In The Beginning Child Development Center, LLC
Inspiring Scholars Academy at Winston
Jesus Loves Me Daycare
KNS Early Learning Academy
Kreative Kidz Academy
Learning, Laughter, & Love, LLC
Little Friends Child Care Center
Little Sprouts Learning Academy
MileStones Learning Center and Childcare
Mountain Area Christian Academy 
Ms. BJ's Group Daycare and Early Learning
New Beginning Early Learning Academy
New Vision Learning Center
Old Fountain Academy
Our House (Decatur)
Our House-Genesis
Petty's Preschool Daycare & Learning Center
Pre-K Preparatory Learning Academy, Inc.
Reach for the Stars
Riley's Early Learning Academy, Inc. 
Roseland Child Care Inc.
Saint Philip Child Development Center, Inc.
Setting the Foundation
Sunshine Early Learning Center
Tender Loving Care Day Care
The Father's Learning Development Center , Inc.
The Little Cradle Early Learning Center, LLC
The R.O.O.F
Tiny Tots Group Home Daycare
Toddler University 
Totally 4 Kids Nursery & Preschool
Wee Care Academy Pre-School and Development Center
Young World Child Care & Learning Center, Inc.

CACFP Resource

The Breastfed Babies Welcome Here! resource contains communication tools Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators can use to let mothers and families know that breastfed babies are welcome at their child care site. It includes a mother's guide, 11"x17" poster, and a message graphic.

Farm to ECE Spotlight

Kim Jackson, Tee Tee’s Daycare (Valdosta)

Joining the Farm to ECE Movement
A year ago, Kim was new to the world of Farm to Early Care Education (ECE) but received a technical assistance mini-grant from Quality Care for Children to start Farm to ECE activities at her licensed family child care home located in the south Georgia city of Valdosta.  Farm to ECE connects young children with healthy, locally-grown foods and supports farmers in their communities. Kim has outdoor space, but she never used it for gardening. 
Getting Started
She started by installing her first garden beds from repurposed bathroom tubs from the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity.  She used her mini-grant dollars to purchase soil, plants and supplies. Her enrolled children plan, plant, care, harvest and taste vegetables and fruits grown in the garden.  Children are thrilled to go outside and learn when Kim says, “Are you ready to go outside and play in the garden?”

Children Learning about Farm to ECE through Play Experiences
Kim and her children have planted okra, peppermint plants, lemons, blueberries, peach trees, lettuce, kale, radishes, sweet peas, cucumbers and many more.  Inside Kim has incorporated several indoor learning spaces with Farm to ECE materials such as colorful posters, books and props. This includes several baskets of healthy food items for children to use in the dramatic play area. She also provides a variety of books about farming, fruits and vegetables.

Improving Meals to Children
Kim has improved her offerings by introducing new, local foods into her Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) menus. She searches for local farmers constantly to be able to provide local fare to her menus and add taste test into her curriculum.  She also introduces her parents to the same local foods by parent letters, sharing of garden harvest, meetings and small conversations during parent pickup time.

Kim tries to have the children outside every day in the garden, but this can be difficult with weather changes. However, despite challenges, the children at Tee Tee’s Daycare love their garden. She is truly appreciative of how Farm to ECE has improved the experiences of children in her care. 
Learn more about QCC's Farm to Early Care Education program.

Chefs for Young Children

QCC hosted more Chefs for Young Children nutrition trainings in Hampton and Lilburn for cooks and managers. The hands-on training took place in Hampton, Georgia and provided attendees with 10-hours of state approved training. Over the two days, attendees had the chance to learn about ways to make meals healthy (and affordable!), ideas to stretch your ingredients, ways to create positive mealtime attitudes, and menu planning.
The next Chefs for Young Children training will take place March 14-15th at Mt. Elizabeth Academy (3450 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw). To learn more please email or call 404-479-4190.

QCC Nutrition Team Award

This fall, Carmen Barton, QCC Nutrition Program Coordinator, received a "MVP Staff Award" for going above and beyond to support her team and the child care programs participating in the CACFP program! Carmen has helped hundreds of programs throughout Georgia since joining QCC in 1991!

Congratulations Carmen!

CCFP Roundtable Conference

Vice-President of Nutrition and Health Reynaldo Green presented at the 27th Annual Child Care Food Program Roundtable Conference on October 16 in Anaheim, California. He co-presented a workshop called CACFP Your Way that focused on the outreach and advocacy strategies to child care programs who are not participating in CACFP. In addition to representing QCC, Green also serves as a board member of the National CACFP Forum.
Do you need a Child Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsor? Quality Care for Children wants to help you earn more with the Child Care Food Program (CACFP)! The CACFP gives you an opportunity to provide higher quality snacks and meals and receive a monthly reimbursement check to help cover the food  expenses. Learn more about the benefits and contact us to enroll!

Call (404) 479-4253 or Email

  • Healthier meals and snacks
  • Menu planning help and training
  • Service in ALL Georgia counties
  • Food cost reimbursements
  • Online claiming
  • Direct deposit

Super Saturday Farm to ECE Training

Teachers and staff from the five South Georgia FTECE Learning Collaborative sites (New Beginning Early Learning Academy Albany, Tee Tee’s Valdosta, Tickle Me Pink Valdosta, Candy Cane’s Adel, and Jackson Heights Christian Academy Valdosta) participated in a Super Saturday in the Garden workshop in Nashville, GA. 
The 6 hour workshop consisted of an Introduction to Farm to ECE.  Participants learned about Farm to ECE core elements and benefits of implementing Farm to ECE activities at their centers.  We discussed ways to improve child nutrition by serving more locally grown foods and prepared an easy vegetable soup recipe for our lunch. We had fun touring Shannon Holbrook’s garden and learning some hands-on art, language, math,and science activities that can be done in the outdoor classroom or garden area.  After enjoying lunch, our next session was Successful Farm to ECE Cooking and Taste Tests.  Participants learned tips and best practices for cooking and offering taste tests. We made Sweet Potato Hummus since our Harvest of the Month was sweet potatoes, and conducted an apple taste test with Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious Apples.  We discussed how cooking is a great way to get children to try new fruits and vegetables, gain confidence and independence, practice new skills, and learn healthy eating habits.
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Kickin’ it with Kale Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to our Kickin' it with Kale winners and thank you to everyone that participated! Each winner received a $200 Kaplan Gift Card and one lucky program (Little Folks Farm & Childcare) also won a free cooking demonstration from Chef Asata!

April Davenport

Ms Megan's Child Care Learning Center

Watch a Child Daycare

Little Folks Farm & Childcare

Water Oak Academy

For more kale resources and recipes, visit QCC's kale page or sign up for Georgia Organics' Kickin' it with Kale resource toolkit.

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