Georgia's Bright from the Start awarded Nutrition Grant - WRBL

Georgia's Bright from the Start awarded Nutrition Grant

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Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) was recently awarded the 2013 Team Nutrition Training Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. More than $337,000 will allow DECAL to expand the current wellness program, Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits, which aims to improve nutrition and exercise in child care centers through the implementation of a wellness policy.

DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle said, "We are honored and excited to receive this funding to continue our efforts to promote better nutrition and exercise in child care programs across Georgia."

DECAL's Nutrition Project Manager Jennifer Popadiuk said the grant will allow the agency to expand its new "Farm to Preschool" component.

"We would like to see more fresh, local produce served in Georgia's Pre-K classrooms and in early childcare settings," said Popadiuk.

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia's children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized Georgia's Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia's Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs.

The department also houses the Head Start State Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and availability of child care, and works collaboratively with Georgia child care resource and referral agencies and organizations throughout the state to enhance early care and education. For more information, go to www.decal.ga.gov.

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