The Provider Connection - Month 2014
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  WECA Food Program - Provider Connection  
  August 2014
No Home-canned Foods 

Home-canned foods are not creditable on the federal food program for health and safety reasons.

Serve Nut Butters 

Always read product labels to be sure you are serving nut butter. Products labeled “spread” (peanut butter spread, Nutella spread, etc.) are not creditable on the food program.

In this issue:
+ No Home-canned Foods 
Serve Nut Butters 
School-age Documentation Not Required
+ Vegetable Straws
Do You Claim on Scanned Forms?
+ Free Registry Credits Available
2015 Child Re-enrollment Packets
+ Congratulations, Gena Kraemer!
Training Due 9/30/14
Home Visits and Your Part
Last Chance!

  School-age Documentation Not Required

Remember: Effective October 1, 2012, school-age documentation is NO LONGER required. You don't need to tell the WECA office why a child, six or older, was in care at morning snack or lunch on a normal school day. 
  Vegetable Straws

This snack item consists of vegetables, seed oils, grain starches, and flours made from vegetables and grains. It's NOT creditable as a fruit/vegetable because it's a processed food, not creditable without a Child Nutrition (CN) label.  Veggie straws MAY be creditable as a grain/bread ONLY when made with whole or enriched grain. Keep the CN label for review by your area coordinator.

Do You Claim on Scanned Forms?

Please help us help you. Thank you.
  • Separate bar-coded forms from other forms.
  • Put your bar-coded forms in order by date.
  • Then stack any infant menu forms (green) on top of any blue menu forms that you're submitting.
Free Registry Credits Available

Earn Continuing Education credits from The Registry when you complete WECA's online Child Care Business Practices Tutorial or Cultivating Childhood Wellness through Gardening. Click here for more information. 

2015 Child Re-enrollment Packets

Each year, WECA must collect updated information for currently-enrolled children. On August 29, child re-enrollment packets will be mailed to all providers.
Carefully follow the directions in your packet. Completed packets are due in the WECA office no later than September 30, 2014.

Congratulations, Gena Kraemer!

Provider Gena Kraemer (Luv-N-Hugs Child care) won a Physical Activity Classroom Kit in the Let's Move Child Care three-year anniversary drawing. Gena agreed to support healthy choices in her child care program; you can too! Click here to learn more. 

Training Due 9/30/14 

USDA requires food program providers to complete a training requirement each year; do we have yours for 2014?
If you've misplaced your training packet, go to the WECA website to print another, or contact your area coordinator.

Home Visits and Your Part
By signing the Food Program Sponsor/Provider Agreement, you agreed to allow representatives from WECA, Wisconsin DPI, USDA, or other federal officials to make announced and/or unannounced visits to your family child care home to review meal service and food program records during your official business hours.
If a representative arrives for a home visit and you’re open for business (whether or not children are present), you must make menus and attendance records available for review.  If you’re closed because you’re ill, no meals can be reimbursed, and your visit will be completed another day.

Last Chance!

August 31 is the deadline for all online entries into the Provider Handbook drawing. Read the assignments in your Provider Handbook (Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children), answer the six questions correctly and submit your answers online. The Handbook is also posted at, Food Program, Food Program Resources, for your convenience.

Assignments and questions are posted on the WECA website
. Print the worksheet to help keep track of your answers if you wish, but you must submit your final answers online. Answer all six questions correctly and submit your online entry before August 31 for a chance to win one of 12 prizes. You may enter only once.

Prizes include four "Grow It, Try It, Like It" USDA resource kits, and four Foam Flyer games and four Foam Ring-Toss games from Lakeshore Learning. Winners will be chosen at random from all correct online entries that meet the [2014] August 31 deadline.

The Provider Connection is published by the WECA Food Program.
Food Program Director:
Cindy Poole      Provider Connection Editor: Rita Schmidt 

To join the WECA Food Program, call 800-783-9322, ext. 7245,
or visit 
WECA Food Program
744 Williamson St., Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

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