Dear Child and Adult Care Food Program Day Care Home Providers:
The California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD), is pleased to provide resources to help you implement Assembly Bill (AB) 2084 (Brownley), Chapter 593, Statutes of 2010. This new law, which went into effect on January 1, 2012, requires that all licensed child care facilities provide only healthy beverages, including water, during meals and snacks, and that drinking water be available throughout the day.
This is an exciting opportunity! By making the simple adjustments that AB 2084 requires you can help prevent childhood obesity and support the development of healthy beverage habits and taste preferences from the earliest years.
The intent of this law closely aligns with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Team California for Healthy Kids campaign goal of increasing children’s access to water. AB 2084 also is consistent with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!—Child Care initiative.
The new statute establishes nutrition guidelines for beverages served in child care facilities. These guidelines align with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This new law affects all licensed child care facilities and requires Child Care Centers and Day Care Home providers to comply with the following beverage provisions as of January 1, 2012:
The law provides the following exceptions:
The California Department of Social Services will determine compliance with this law during regularly scheduled, authorized inspections, and will not conduct separate and independent visits.
You can access the Healthy Beverages in Childcare Web site at http://www.HealthyBeveragesinChildcare.org.
As a child care provider, you are in a special and unique position to teach young children healthy, life-long eating and drinking habits. Your efforts in providing only healthy beverages will help California’s young children grow fit and ready to learn.
If you have questions, please contact your Day Care Home sponsor.
Laurie Pennings, MS, RD, Manager
Nutrition Services Division
California Department of Education