Providing Meals and Snacks in Early Childhood: Focus Group Registration
Dear Early Childhood Professional:
With national and state-wide spotlights on early childhood programming, there has never been a more influential time for us to hear your voices. As work continues to transform Vermont's early childhood system, we want to make sure that nutrition in early childhood programs remains a part of the conversation. In order to make positive early childhood nutrition and meal program reform with the necessary supports and financing to sustain your commitment to whole child development, we need to have discussions with you, the folks operating in the field.
Through these focus groups, we want to learn how much it is costing you to run your nutrition program, what your barriers are to running your dream meal program, and what successes you've had in operating your meal program. A meal program can consist of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or snacks, or a combination of all! We are looking for representation from programs who are operating the Child and Adult Care Meal Program (CACFP) as well as those who do not operate CACFP.
If you register to be a part of this project, you will participate in ONE 1.5 hour conversation with child nutrition specialists from Hunger Free Vermont and other food access partners. Each individual participant will also be eligible for an honorarium in the form of a $30 check. *SPACES ARE LIMITED* and we will be scheduling these conversations between the beginning of September-Mid October. Both virtual and in-person focus groups can be offered. Please continue with the form to register to participate in this project and to shape the timing and format of the discussion focus groups.
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What is the name of your child care program as it appears in the Bright Futures Information System (BFIS)?
In which VT county is your early childhood program located? (select all that apply)
Grand Isle County
In which VT town is your early childhood program located? (if you have locations in multiple towns, list them all)
Do you participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)?
I don't know
Are you a Head Start Program?
I don't know
Choose the designation that best defines your program
Public school operated Pre-K program
Afterschool program (serving children 0-6 YO)
If you chose "other", how would you define your program?
If your program is a LICENSED CENTER, what is the approximate size of your program? (skip if not a licensed center)
Small (approximately 12 children)
Medium (approximately 13-59 children)
Large (approximately 60+ children)
What time of day works for you to have this conversation? (select all times that would work for you)
Between 7:30 and 9:30am
Between 9:30am and 12:30pm
Between 12:30 and 2:30 pm
Between 2:30 and 4:30 pm
Between 4:30 and 6:30pm
Which day of the week works best for you to have this 1.5 hour conversation? (select all dates that would work for you)
Would you be comfortable having this conversation in the presence of other people? We recognize the sensitive nature of this conversation. Choose all options that are comfortable for you.
Any of the above
Are you the contact for the food program or person able to make decisions about nutrition programming within your organization?
If you are not the contact for the food program or person able to make decisions about nutrition programming within your organization, would you be able to reach out to that person for this project?
Would you be interested in receiving information and outreach materials from Hunger Free Vermont in the future? If so, we can add you to our email listserv!
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