August 2015
Issue 3
Inside this Issue:
FY 2016 Recertification Has Begun!
arly Learning Ventures
olorado Springs Children's Garden
015 CACFP Training Schedule
n the Spotlight: Crisis Center
ummer Hydration Tips
ecipe Corner
ACFP Contact Info



      FY 2016 Recertification Has Begun! 

The annual CDPHE-CACFP recertification process for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016) 
began August 3, 2015.
The CACFP invites all participants to complete the annual recertification process.
All institutions will complete the recertification process in CHEARS.  Submit the completed online recertification application packet by September 15, 2015 to avoid an interruption in claims.

CACFP emailed the annual CACFP Recertification letter to all institutions on Monday, August 3, 2015.  The letter contained important information and instructions on the recertification process.

To receive a copy of the CACFP Recertification letter, email or call the CACFP office at 303-692-2330. 

Early Learning Ventures seeking partnerships 

As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative, $500 million was budgeted to expand Early Head Start (EHS) services nationwide to allow new and existing EHS programs to partner with local child care providers serving infant and toddlers from low-income families.

The Early Learning Initiative awarded Colorado-based Early Learning Ventures (ELV)  a $3.1 million grant to serve 240 eligible children and families in Arapahoe, Garfield, Mesa and Pueblo counties. 
Through a competitive process, Early Learning Ventures is seeking contracts and partnerships with licensed child care centers and family day care homes to serve Early Head Start (EHS) eligible children and families in these four counties.
The goals of the program are to increase access to high quality child care, increase program quality and prepare children for preschool.  Approved child care providers will receive financial resources and incentives, a comprehensive plan for attracting and retaining highly qualified staff, relevant degree credentials, access to ELV shared services such as human resources, marketing, online trainings and program administration, as well as a child management system and ongoing support. 
For more information or to apply, please contact Tim Garcia at 303-789-2664 ext. 232 or via email at
Early Learning Ventures
18 Inverness Place East
Englewood, CO  80112
Stronger Together

Childrens garden
Children's garden at Colorado Springs Family Development Center                             

The Colorado Springs Family Development Center is a daycare located on the University of Colorado campus. The center participates in the Colorado Child and Adult Care Food Program.  The children's garden, part of the USDA's Farm-to-Program, was profiled in the July 17,2015 edition of the national USDA Farm-to-School newsletter.

The Colorado Springs Family Development Center implements a number of farm-to-preschool initiatives, including a garden and nutrition education activities. The center's children handle all aspects of the garden, including planting, weeding, harvesting, and of course, eating the “fruits” of their labor. The center director, Ida Bauer, said, “The children love working in the garden and are more willing to try new foods as a result of their connection to the soil.” Bauer also noted that getting kids into the garden helps children foster emotional and social development through play, and connects them to the earth and to the food they eat. 

For more inspirational farm-to-preschool success stories, go to the Farm-to-Preschool website at:

Photo and article courtesy of USDA July 17, 2015 edition Farm-to-School newsletter.

2015 CACFP State Training Schedule

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed, September 9

Tuesday, October 13

Wed, November 4

Thurs, December 17  
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

Pueblo Community College
900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO   81004

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO   80246

Community Partnership for Child Development
2330 Robinson Street
Colorado Springs, CO  80904
Register online at:

For more information, contact Jodi Christopfel at 303-692-2608 or

In each newsletter, the Colorado CACFP will recognize a child or adult day care center that exemplifies the goals of the CACFP by improving the health and well-being of children and adults in care.

This month, the Colorado CACFP recognizes the accomplishments of

The Crisis Center 

Lynn Adams, Outreach Coordinator at the Crisis Center, has this to say about the Child and Adult Care Food Program:

“The CACFP allows the Crisis Center to purchase more healthy foods for our clients coming into the shelter. We also have the opportunity to discuss good nutrition with adults and kids. Our child advocate works with our kids to teach them about making better food choices and does many of the food preparation activities that are offered in the “Bits and Bites” newsletters.” 

Thank you, Crisis Center, for your dedication to the health and wellness of the children in your care.

If you would like to nominate or recognize a child care or adult day center, please send an email to with your suggestions or recommendations.

Sallie Thoreson (standing) encourages participants to hydrate during a balance class for older adults at a Delta County church. 
August is here and brings with it hot days and extreme heat.  People aged 65 years or older are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature and may be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. It’s important to beware of the heat and its effects on the elderly. 
Here are some tips to keep in mind this summer:

Adult day care providers: Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care.  Ask these questions on a regular basis throughout the day:

  • Are they drinking enough water?
  • Do they have access to air conditioning?
  • Do they know how to keep cool?
Follow these guidelines from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know, has symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.

For more information, visit the CDC website at:

Recipe Corner

Breakfast just got better! 
Whole Grain Pancakes with Strawberry Topping
Adapted by Ynke de Koe, MS, RD
Ingredients 25 servings 50 servings
All-purpose flour 2 cups 4 cups
Whole grain flour 4 cups 8 cups
Baking soda 1 TBSP 2 TBSP
Egg, whole 4 each 8 each
Egg whites 4 each 8 each
Vegetable Oil           1/4 cup + 2 TBSP         3/4 cup
1% low-fat milk 2 cups 4 cups
Strawberries, frozen             4 lbs 8 lbs

MIx dry ingredients in a bowl. 
Beat whole eggs in small bowl. Add egg whites and mix slowly.  Be careful not to overmix. 
Stir oil and milk into egg mixture. 
Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine. 
Heat a lightly greased griddle.  
Place a heaping teaspoon of batter on heated griddle and cook until bubbles appear and the edges are cooked.  Flip pancake and brown the other side. 
For strawberry topping:  Place frozen strawberries in a saute pan.  Heat over medium heat until strawberries are warmed through.  Spoon topping over pancakes.

CACFP Crediting
Each serving meets the bread/bread alternate and 1/4 cup of the fruit/vegetable requirement for 3-5 year old children. 

Miss Ynke's serving suggestion:
For a complete meal, serve the pancakes with banana slices and a glass of skim or 1% milk.  Enjoy!



Contact Info 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     
CACFP Website
CACFP Website
Link to CHEARS
Link to CHEARS
WIC Website
WIC Website
Bits and Bites is published by:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program 
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246-1530

P   303-692-2330
F   303-756-9926

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