Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Provider Kelly Rood of Arlington, TX featured by National CACFP Sponsors Association
Nutrition is not always easy to teach, but with an amazing garden, children learn and share new nutritional experiences every day. Kelly Rood has made her garden a key in the learning environment and truly loves “what a garden does.” Even in a simple, short conversation, one can hear her passion for nutrition and gardening which she passes along to those in her care.
I just want to see the children grow up to be healthy and strong.”
Kelly feels that her child care wouldn’t be the same without the understandings the garden provides. It not only offers various learning opportunities, but a calm, soothing natural setting to play and picnic in. Teamwork and pride are grown as the children map out both winter and summer gardens, as well as, water all the plants weekly. Each child has a sense of responsibility, as they choose a plant from the beginning of planting to tend and eventually harvest.
After the produce is gathered, kids have the freedom to taste whatever they think they might enjoy. Kelly understands that they might not like everything, but loves seeing them try something new.
Also taking root, are the values of sharing and contributing to the neighborhood around them. Families and neighbors take home extra fruits and vegetables to cook at home. Parents are excited to see their children tasting so many raw fruits and vegetables while also learning through garden activities.
CACFP is an indicator of quality child care. When children are cared for by providers who are part of the CACFP progam they are receiving the best nutrition available. Learn more about other CACFP providers featured in our Member Showcase at our website.
CACFP Since 1986 the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) is the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We provide education and support to thousands of members in the CACFP community and in particular to sponsors of all sizes from across the country. We strive to improve communication between families, care givers, sponsors, and their supervising government agencies.