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What's New at AFSCME 132
Can you attend a Ways and Means Roadshow

Calling all members to attend and give testimony to the Ways and Means committee road show. They want to hear from Oregonians so they can make their decision on what to include in the state budget.

What does this mean for providers? The budget will include money for ERDC rate increases, funding to get rid of the waiting list, funding for other improvements to the subsidy system, among other things

Please let us know if you will be able to attend and if you will talk and share your thoughts with the committee. We can help you with your talking points and explain the process to you.

Let us know if any of these locations dates might work for you.

Gresham April 16, 2015,  7 - 8:30 pm

Mt. Hood Community College
Visual Arts Theater
26000 SE Stark Street
GRESHAM

Portland April 21, 2015, The meeting is scheduled from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus The Event Center
17705 NW Springville Road
PORTLAND

Springfield April 23, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Springfield City Hall Council Chamber
225 Fifth Street
SPRINGFIELD

Klamath Falls April 24, 2015, 5:30 to 7:00 Pm

Oregon Institute of Technology

Grants Pass April 25, 2015, 12:30 to 2:00 pm

Performing Arts Center Lecture Hall at Grants Pass High School

Contact Eva at eva@oregonafscme.com if you would like to partcipate and give testimoy.

Make USDA Food Program Comments by April 15th

Submit your commentDear Friends,

I wanted to let you know that the US Department of Agriculture is proposing healthier meal standards in the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP).

As many of us are CACFP participants and have day-to-day experience with it, we need to make sure that our voices as child care providers are heard during this rule making process.

As child care providers, we can offer important information to the USDA about what's good in the new rule, what needs improvement, and tips for implementation that will make the CACFP better for kids and child care providers.

What could change?

CACFP’s nutritional standards have not been revised in decades. This rule attempts to increase the variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while reduce fat and sugar.

Here are two summaries of what could change for infant meals and for children's meals.

It’s easy to submit comments!

Follow these easy steps to submit your comments.

You can use the sample comment below as your own, or use it as a template and then edit it.

  1. Copy the sample comment below by highlighting the text with your mouse and pressing the "Control" and "C" keys on your keyboard. ("Command" and "C" keys on a Mac)
  2. Click here to open up the USDA website that accepts comments.
  3. Click in the "Comment" box with your mouse. Press the "Control" and "V" keys to paste the sample comment into the box. ("Command" and "V" keys on a Mac)
  4. In the "Comment" box, make any edits you may have.
  5. You do not have to provide your contact information, but you must provide your first name, last name, and pick a category.
  6. For category, we suggest you pick “Participant."
  7. Press the blue "Continue" button
  8. Review your comment, and check the "I read and understand the statement above" checkbox
  9. Click the "Submit Comment" button
  10. Success!

Thank you for taking the time to provide the USDA with valuable input from your point of view as a child care provider. These comments will help make CACFP a better program.

Sincerely,
Oregon Child Care Providers Together


SAMPLE COMMENT

Tina Namian, Branch Chief
Policy and Program Development Division
Child Nutrition Programs, USDA
RE: Docket ID FNS-2011-0029

Dear Ms. Namian:

I am a child care provider in Oregon and a member of Oregon Child Care Providers Together (Oregon CCPT), a union affiliated with Council 75 and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Oregon CCPT represents about 3,200 certified and registered family child providers throughout the state.

CACFP is important to me. The program allows me to serve nutritious food and teach kids how to make healthy choices outside of my program.

Based on my day-today experience with CACFP, below are my recommendations:

* Allow the introduction of solid foods consistent with parents’ plans for their infants instead of prescribing the start at six months of age.

* Adopt a clear and concise definition of frying if disallowing the practice for on-site food preparation, such as “deep fat frying i.e. submerging food in hot oil.”  Stir frying, sautéing, and searing should be allowed.

* Maintain the current policy of two servings of fruit or vegetables at meals without moving to a requirement for one fruit and one vegetable. Separating the fruit and vegetable components takes away important flexibility and raises cost concerns in certain seasons.

* Adopt the WIC sugar limit for breakfast cereals.

* Children under five should not have flavored milk.

* The specified sugar limits on yogurt and flavored milk served to children over the age of five should be a recommendation and not a requirement.

* Allow flexibility for infants at snack time: formula and cereal or a fruit/vegetable

Too often, kids in my program are not getting good food outside of my program, so I’ll provide snacks and meals that are not reimbursed. I’m concerned that without increasing reimbursement rates or reimbursing additional meals and snacks, I will have to stretch my limited resources even more to comply. I know other providers who have had to drop out of CACFP because of inadequate reimbursements. As USDA considers how to elevate more providers into the best practice recommendations, training and increased reimbursements together are critical.

Implementation of the new rules will require ample lead time, phased-in changes, and grace periods to help ensure that providers have time to be trained, thoroughly learn, and implement the meal pattern standards before they are enforced. USDA should provide two years to comply without risk of being charged with non-compliance. Training materials should be available in English, Spanish, and other languages as needed in advance of implementation. Compliance with the new requirements should be assessed during on-site monitoring reviews, rather than through monthly audits and meal reimbursement deductions. I urge USDA to avoid complexity, creating more record-keeping requirements, and raising the risk of losing much needed reimbursements.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts about this important program.

Atención Provedores de Cuidado de Niños pare el DHS
Atención Provedores de Cuidado de Niños pare el DHS: Es necesario que todos los proveedores de cuidado de niños del departamento de DHS completen un proceso de re-evaluación cada dos años. La unidad de pago directo le enviara una reevaluación en su fecha de vencimiento. Read More...
DHS Requirments

The message below is from DHS. Please make sure to complete and return you reevaluations on time. If you are a registered provider we suggest taking the training now so you don't have to scramble to take it when you receive the form.

Message from DHS

Attention Child Care Providers for DHS:

All DHS child care providers are required to complete the listing re-evaluation process every two years.  Direct Pay Unit will send your two year reevaluation to you on your due date.  You will need to complete the form and return to DPU by the due date stated in your cover letter in order for you to remain in approved status and continue to receive future billing forms.  Providers will not receive child care payment while in a failed status.

The requirements to be a child care provider for DHS have recently changed.  Information regarding the provider requirements can be found on the Provider Information Sheet which is attached to the Provider Listing form.  You may also go to the DHS website for the Child Care Provider Guide (DHS 7492) at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/children/Pages/childcare/index.aspx

Reminder: Registered Family Providers will need to complete the Basic Child Care Health and Safety training or have completed Oregon Kids Healthy and Safe (OKHS) training, before you submit your re-evaluation to Direct Pay Unit (DPU). 

If you have completed the Oregon Kids Healthy and Safe (OKHS) class, you will need to attach a copy of your certificate to the enclosed re-evaluation to show that you have completed the class. 

A link to the Basic Child Care Health and Safety training can be found at www.oregon.gov/dhs/children/pages/childcare/providers.aspx

 
 
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