February 27, 2018

February 2018

CDA Nutrition Update

February is American Heart Month and it’s a great me to be healthier than ever! Children can assist with menu ideas and help with food washing and preparation at snack me. You can make food fun by using heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut sandwiches, pancakes and French toast. You can be physically active with the children this month by incorporating walks to the park and by including outdoor activities in your daily routine. You can find heart-healthy tips at www.healthfinder.gov

GREAT JOB! Many of you have transitioned smoothly to the new Meal Pattern. Our Annual Training this year will give additional guidance on identifying whole grains, purchasing the correct yogurts, cereals, crackers, milk and much more. It’s all about the food! Child Care Providers who attend the training in person will receive the newest Potter the Otter Kit as a thank you for attending. We look forward to seeing you there!

2018 Annual Training Dates are all confirmed. Please call the office to register for the training that works best for you.

Vietnamese Training- February 24th
CDA Training Room
Saturday 9:00 AM Vietnamese

Riverside/San Bernardino County Trainings – March 10th
Arlington Library (this is a new location)
Saturday 10:30 AM English
Saturday 1:30 PM Spanish

Imperial County – March 23rd, 24th
CalWORKs Office
Friday 23rd 6:30 PM English
Saturday 24th 10:00 AM Spanish

Orange County – May 5th
CHOC Children’s Hospital OC $6 parking fee
Saturday 10:00 AM English

Los Angeles County – May 19th
Children’s Hospital LA $10 parking fee
Saturday 10:00 AM Spanish
Saturday 1:00 PM English

San Diego County – June 2nd
San Diego County Office of Education
Saturday 9:30 AM English Saturday 1:00 PM Spanish

On-Line Training – March 1-July 31st

  • CDA offices will be closed on February 19th in observance of President’s Day. If you are open and have school-age children in care, please document their hours on the “green CIF” for scanner claims or use “school out” button for online claims.

    If you have created meal templates, please review and update them to match the foods on the current food chart. Some old templates are still being used and the food numbers are no longer valid.

    Attention Scanner Claiming Providers: Everyone should be using the new Minute Menu scanner forms now. We will no longer be scanning the old menu forms.

Recipe: Fruit & Yogurt Parfait


  • 6 oz. plain yogurt
  • 4 to 6 sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries
  • 1/4 cups chopped pecans


  • Layer 2 oz. yogurt, 2-3 sliced strawberries, 1/8 cup blueberries and 1/8 cup chopped pecans in a parfait glass
  • Repeat layers. Top with remaining yogurt
  • Garnish with a few chopped pecans and/or a strawberry if desired.