PUBLISHED: 3:57 PM on Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Program cooks up nutrition education
Do your kids cook up this much fun in their child care program? If they so, then their child care provider is probably one of the 91 participants in the USDA Child Care Food Program sponsored by the Association for the Education of Young Children- Southeast Alaska.

AEYC-SEA food program staff Suey Linzmeier and Angela Anderson have spent the year traveling to the child care programs in Cordova, Yakutat, Skagway, Haines, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan, and Prince of Wales helping children and their caregivers make corn tortillas from scratch, bake sweet potato oven fries, and taste fresh pineapple. They have also offered after-hour trainings to providers on food safety, asthma and allergy essentials for child care providers, and how to cook up healthy, kid-appealing dishes.

AEYC-SEA is a non-profit agency that supports early childhood educators and their programs throughout Southeast Alaska. The USDA Child Care Food Program is administered in Alaska by the Department of Education and Early Development, and insures that meals are offered to enrolled children in each sponsored child care program at no separate charge and without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Parents' income determines the amount of money that the USDA will reimburse child care programs to provide meals to enrolled children. Income eligibility guidelines and enrollment information are available from AEYC-SEA. Anyone who believes they have been discriminated against should write immediately to the USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D. C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964.

For more information on Child Care Programs or the USDA Child Care Food Program throughout Southeast Alaska, contact 1-888-785-1235 or visit AEYC-SEA's web site at