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Child care and feeding young children during the pandemic: Exploring the role of the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program

This brief highlights findings from interviews with experts (listed in the acknowledgments) and a quick scan of existing data and documents. After describing the pandemic's impact on the child care and early education system, we explore what is known about the responses during the pandemic to feeding young children who had been in CACFP but whose child care programs closed, the gaps in services and who was affected, and the challenges schools and providers have faced in attempting to meet children's nutritional needs during the crisis. Finally, as states struggle to reopen, we highlight policy implications and suggestions for the future, including prioritizing the unique needs of young children in the emergency response, improving coordination, and rethinking delivery options to better meet the needs of young children and their families. (author abstract)
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Reports & Papers
United States

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