CHOP newsletter from CACFP

Back to School
As children return to school, many centers and home providers experience staff changes. Training exceptional teachers, cooks and staff takes time and energy, we invest in these people as we know our efforts will be well worth the return. As a new group of students sits at your table eagerly awaiting their breakfast, snack or lunch, I want to shift the perspective from a picky eater to a child who is new and is in need of investment. It is normal to be concerned when a child does not eat their food, or refuses a new item. However, when it comes to trying new foods we are in it for the long game. A child will refuse the tomato on their sandwich many times, but there will come a day when that child eats the tomato and the rest of the vegetables on the plate. So how do we get there, how do we find the patience and determination to wait for the day they eat the broccoli? 

Division of responsibility
Parents and Caregiver  are Responsible for: 
  • What to Feed
  • When to Feed
  • Where to Feed
Children are Responsible for: 
  • How much to eat.
  • Whether to eat (from what has been offered)
Ellyn Satter is a Registered Dietitian who has devoted her career to understanding children's eating habits and is the feeding guru we all need in our lunch rooms. The division of responsibility is a key tool she uses to help children have a pleasant meal time experience. Parents and Caregivers choose what, when and where, the child chooses how much and whether to eat at all. The table is set, and the environment is neutral. No pushing food allowed, "try it, it will make you super strong," is highly discouraged. Children are aware of our odd excitement and tend to withdraw when we push too much both positively and negatively. Stay neutral, talk about the colors on the plate, the smells, however let the child be in control of how much they eat. 

Offer, Offer, Offer
When an item is rejected by the whole class it is easy to feel rejected and give up, no one wants to see food in the trash. However putting the food on the plate is the first attempt at trying a new food. Visually seeing the food, watching other children smell or lick the food helps the child view that item as normal. Keep these items on your menu rotation, continue to serve the roasted squash and cauliflower. Continue to serve it every month or every 2 weeks. Children need repeated exposure to accept new foods and to truly like them. 

Lifetime Habits 
Children form eating habits at an early age that follow them for the rest of their lives. Studies show 60% of overweight preschoolers remain overweight at age 12. Additionally, 84% of children with obesity become adults with obesity and 100% of children with severe obesity become adults with severe obesity. Educators and cooks have the opportunity to serve children the most nutritious and delicious meal they may have all day, what an amazing chance to help children become the healthiest adults they can be.  

For training opportunities, online culinary skills training, menu and recipe assistance please visit the CACFP and CHOP websites.

CACFP & Cooking Matters Collaborative Training
Upcoming 2019 Training Opportunities 
  • Grand Junction/ Mesa County Area Training: August 31
  • Alamosa/Alamosa County Area Training: September 7
  • Cortez/Montezuma County Area Training: September 28
  • Greeley/Weld County Area Training: October 5
  • Castle Rock/Douglas County Area Training: October 19 
  • Register here.
This exciting new training opportunity will be offered across the state of Colorado to meet the needs of all CACFP participating centers and homes. Join us to learn hands-on skills in the kitchen, as well as simple tricks and tips to identify whole grains and calculate sugar content in yogurt and cereal.

This engaging six-hour training will connect you with your peers while teaching you how to implement the meal patterns in a meaningful and intentional way.  Each participant receives over $120 worth of equipment, as well as groceries so you can try out one of the fun new snack recipes taught at each training. 

Click here to see the website and information on upcoming training dates. If you do not see a training in your county, please fill out an interest form
Contact Britt Martens at or call 303-692-3080. 
CHOP August Webinar
Composting with Denver Urban Gardens

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.
How to Join:
Add to my : 
Join us on August 21 for guest speaker Judy Elliot, Senior Education Specialist at Denver Urban Gardens. Judy will be discussing the amazing wonder that is composting. Judy discusses vermicomposting (composting with worms) as well as traditional composting methods while discussing the benefits to your garden and the children we work with. Britt Martens will discuss both the August curriculum as well as the September curriculum as the CHOP grant closes for 2019.  

Suggested Audience: Directors & Teachers

No pre-registration is required. The link provided above will direct you to Adobe Connect. To enter the Live Webinar enter your name when requested to do so. Upon entry to the meeting feel free to try out the chat box, make sure your speakers are on and turned up. At this time no phone conferencing is required. Thank you and we look forward to sharing our webinar with you.
Sub Grant Check-in 


Peaches : Grow it, Try it, Like it!
Tomatoes: Harvest for Healthy Kids

Spending Update: Have you spent all of your Team Nutrition Grant Funds? 
All funds must be spent by Sept. 30, 2019. 

Event: Have you hosted your CHOP Grant Event yet? Contact Britt if you need assistance or ideas for planning this fun and educational event. 



Sweet Potatoes or Cantaloupe, 
Grow it, Try it, Like it!

Webinars: September we will not host a webinar from CHOP. Please use this month to catch up on all required webinars. Britt will contact you with the webinars we do not have record of you attending. 

Spending Update: All receipts must be submitted for reimbursement not later than October 4, 2019. All funds must be spent no later than September 30, 2019. 

Got Questions?

Email your questions to us. We created a special email box just for CHOP questions.

To help our office respond to questions more efficiently, please include the name of your institution in the subject line and the topic of your question.  

                              Example:  XYZ Daycare - Fruit juice for infants

More information on CHOP is located on the CACFP website too!

Contact information for CACFP

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

P   303-692-2330      F   303-756-9926  

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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