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ACD will be presenting exciting material in the form of a grocery store tour! The tour teaches four key shopping skills: identifying whole grains, reading food labels, buying fruit and vegetables on a budget, and comparing unit prices. Through this interactive, dietitian-guided shopping tour, you will learn firsthand how to shop smart and purchase the most nutritious food for the least amount of money.
Learn simple secrets of encouraging children to eat foods that are good for them and how to blend special diets into your everyday meals.
ACD offers special events and training opportunities in an area near you! Click here to view any upcoming events, training workshops, conferences, or simply to know what ACD is doing to continue fulfilling its mission to "establish healthy eating habits to last a lifetime".
Do you want to know if your reimbursement has been released for payment to you? Click here to find out the dates CACFP reimbursement checks and direct deposits have been released!
Are you going to be closing your child care due to vacation, or a day off? Will you be away from your child care due to a field trip and will be serving meal(s) away from your child care, during a meal time? Let us know IN ADVANCE by clicking here to complete a quick notification form online, submit, and enjoy the rest of your day!
Are you looking to access an ACD form, training handout, or income application? Click here to access our huge list of forms, handouts, and important applications you may need to complete and submit to ACD for proper processing.Forms for Michigan
Are you looking to try a new recipe to offer the kids in your care? Do you want to introduce a new food or dish to your day care children? Click here for some quick, healthy recipes to add to your cook book!
Are you a day care center in the state of Illinois? Are you interested in participating in the CACFP under ACD’s sponsorship? Do you want to receive reimbursement for the meals/snacks you serve the children in your care? If so, click here to find out more information to sign up!
We offer many opportunities to get the training you need to be more proficient and knowledgeable about childhood nutrition.
Potpourri is a children's health and nutrition magazine written and designed for Early Childhood Educators and Home Child Care Providers.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a national organization dedicated to improving food programs and childhood nutrition.
Our Staff is dedicated to helping you getting the most out of your child nutrition program.
You can find training videos, fun ideas, and more, all geared to providing you the information you need to succeed.
Check out our selection of great tasting and nutritious menus for the whole family.
Getting the right information about childhood nutrition will pay off for a lifetime!
Have a look at our calendar to see what's going on at the Illinois and Michigan ACD events!
The Association for Child Development (ACD) is a nonprofit organization that educates parents and caregivers about nutrition to promote the development of children and establish healthy eating habits to last a lifetime.
ACD's primary responsibility is administering one of the largest CACFP sponsorships in the nation, serving both Illinois and Michigan. By monitoring more than 4700 child care homes and preparing monthly reimbursement checks for each of these Child Care Providers, ACD fulfills it's mission by ensuring that nearly 50,000 children receive nutritious meals and snacks each day! More...