Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, has announced that it will once again sponsor the family daycare food program.
Keeping children healthy is a priority for many daycares, but it comes at a price. Part of that price is the cost associated with feeding children well. The parish is working to alleviate some of this financial burden for those providing home child care.
“They must follow certain guidelines set by the USDA,” said Sara Boudreaux, program manager for the parish. “Basically it just helps them understand better – eat better at a younger age. And it helps to establish good eating habits.
The grant money reimburses the cost to the provider of two meals and one snack per child, per day of care.
“Anyone will be eligible if you’re 18 or over babysitting – you can only babysit six kids in your home,” Boudreaux said.
The child care provider must be approved to participate in the program, and the home must meet state safety and fire standards.
“Not only does this provide these meals, but it is also an entrepreneurial opportunity for some people as well,” said Tarek Polite, director of social services for the parish.
Polite said the grant money can help encourage those who want to start a small business in the child care field.
“They may not have to charge that much per week to people who need the service because they are reimbursed by the police jury,” Polite said. “So they can actually take this money that we pay for meals and reduce it on the weekly fees. “
Polite adds that the program already serves around 45 providers in the parish of Calcasieu.
In addition to the parish of Calcasieu, the food program is also offered to providers of Allen, Beauregard and Jeff Davis. To apply, you can contact the police jury in your parish directly.
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