Caring for Children Thirty-Six Years and Counting: CACFP Showcase

Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) Provider Wanetta Gerlach of Moutville, PA featured by National CACFP Sponsors Association.

​​​​​Like many home care providers, Wanetta Gerlach started in the childcare profession as a way to work and care for her own children. Thirty-six years later, she is still finding joy every day in being a home provider. The smiles on their faces, antics during work and play, and as the children have lightbulbs of understanding combine to keep her motivated.

Describing the twelve children in her home as super active, she knows nutrition is key to keeping them healthy. Everyone eats together where teachers serve as role models for the kids. Plates must be full of color! Wanetta focuses on making sure food is fresh and healthy. She involves the kids in preparing fresh fruits and vegetables to freeze for the winter. 

Being a firm believer of spending time in fresh air, Wanetta says opportunities to play outside are a must. Every day, weather permitting, the children walk to one of five parks in the area. Even when they're not at a playground, they run and roll on the hills at a local church having a fantastic time. They incorporate citizenship on their walks as ‘Trash Busters’ each armed with trash bags and gloves to pick up trash along the way. Rules to respect other’s property on their path are also enforced.

"We don't do this for the accolades. We do this for the little hugs we get every morning when they come in and the hugs we get every evening when they go."

Wanetta Gerlach

Childcare Provider

In this child care environment, the children learn about communicating how to truly get along with respect towards one another. Teaching nutrition, health, and pre-k curriculum is only part of Wanetta’s focus. Her main goal is to provide a morally safe, sound environment where children learn about being good citizens and can get along in society. 

CACFP is an indicator of quality child care. When children are cared for by providers who are part of the CACFP progam they are receiving the best nutrition available. Learn more about other CACFP providers featured in our Member Showcase at our website, www.cacfp.org.

Since 1986, the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) is the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We provide education and support to thousands of members in the CACFP community and in particular to sponsors of all sizes from across the country. We strive to improve communication between families, care givers, sponsors, and their supervising government agencies.

Source: National CACFP Sponsors Association


Categories: Teachers, Instructors, and Professors, Nutrition, Child Care, Pre-School, After School Recreation and Lessons, Education

Tags: afterschool, CACFP, childcare, healthy, provider, sponsors, summerfoods, USDA


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The National CACFP Sponsors Association serves as a national platform which provides education, support, and resources to organizations who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program to the CACFP community.

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