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Self-Assessment Benchmark

An assessment representing a center that conforms 100% to WV CACFP/Leap of Taste nutrition standards is shown below. Standards are indicated by shaded boxes. Recommendations, or the ideal scenario, are indicated with the following symbol ( ). If an answer is both shaded and accompanied by the ( ) symbol, it means that the standard and recommendation are the same. If no response choice is marked shaded, then no official rule currently exists. You should use this assessment as a benchmark for the practices at your center, first aiming to meet the rules, and if you want to increase quality even farther, the recommendations!

Water
DRINKING WATER ISEasily visible and available for self serveEasily visible and available on requestVisible, but only available during designated water breaksNot visible
AT SNACK TIME, WATER IS PROVIDED WHEN MILK OR JUICE IS NOTAlways†SometimesRarely Never
Milk
MILK SERVED TO CHILDREN 12 THROUGH 23 MONTHS ISWhole†2%1%Fat-free/skim
MILK SERVED TO CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER ISWhole2%1%†Fat-free/skim†
Juice
100% FRUIT JUICE IS SERVED TO CHILDREN2 or more times per day1 time or less per day†2 times per week or less on different days†Never†
100% FRUIT JUICE IS SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per day1 or more times per week1 or more times per monthNever†
NON-100% JUICE (e.g., juice cocktail) IS SERVED1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekLess than 1 time per monthNever†
BEVERAGES OTHER THAN MILK WATER AND 100% FRUIT JUICE (e.g., soda, sports drinks) ARE SERVED1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekLess than 1 time per monthNever†
Grains & Breads
WHOLE GRAINS ARE SERVED2 or more times per day†1 or more times per day2-4 times per week1 time per week or less
CEREALS WITH MORE THAN 6 GRAMS OF SUGAR ARE SERVED1 or more times per day3-4 times per week1-2 times per weekNever†
SWEET BREADS/GRAINS (e.g., donuts,cookies, Danishes) ARE SERVED TO CHILDREN1 or more times per day3-4 times per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever†
SWEET BREADS/GRAINS (e.g., donuts,cookies, Danishes) ARE SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per day3-4 times per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever†
Fruits & Vegetables
FRIED OR PRE-FRIED AND THEN BAKED FRUITS OR VEGETABLES (e.g., French fries, hash browns, tater tots) WITH MORE THAN 35% OF CALORIES FROM FAT ARE SERVED TO CHILDREN1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever†
FRIED OR PRE-FRIED AND THEN BAKED FRUITS OR VEGETABLES (e.g., French fries, hash browns, tater tots) ARE SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever†
Meats & Meat Alternates
PROCESSED MEATS (e.g., bologna, hot dogs, sausage) ARE SERVED TO CHILDREN1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever†
PROCESSED MEATS (e.g., bologna, hot dogs, sausage) ARE SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever†
FRIED OR PRE-FRIED AND THEN BAKED MEATS (e.g., chicken nuggets, fish sticks) ARE SERVED TO CHILDREN1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekOnce in a 2-week cycle or lessNever†
FRIED OR PRE-FRIED AND THEN BAKED MEATS (e.g., chicken nuggets, fish sticks) ARE SERVED TO INFANTS1 or more times per weekLess than 1 time per weekLess than 1 time per monthNever†
Physical Activity
INFANTS SPEND MORE THAN 30 MINUTES IN CONFINING EQUIPMENT (e.g., cribs, infant seats, play pens) WHILE AWAKEAlwaysSometimesRarelyNever†
CHILDREN GET 20 MINUTES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR EVERY 3 HOURS THEY ARE IN CAREEvery day†3 - 4 times per week1 - 2 days per weekLess than 1 day per week
Screen Time
CHILDREN UNDER 2 YEARS WATCH TV/DVDS2 or more hours per day1 - 2 hours per dayNo more than 1 hour per dayNever†
CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER WATCH TV/DVDS2 or more hours per day1 - 2 hours per dayNo more than 1 hour per dayNever†
CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER USE A COMPUTER2 or more hours per day1 - 2 hours per dayNo more than 1 hour per dayNever†
Holidays/Celebrations
HOLIDAYS ARE CELEBRATED WITH FOODS THAT MEET GUIDELINES OR NON-FOOD ITEMS (e.g., stickers)All of the time†Most of the timeSome of the timeRarely or never
PARENTS ARE PROVIDED WITH GUIDELINES FOR HOLIDAY/CELEBRATION FOODSYes†No
Staff
STAFF SITS WITH CHILDREN DURING MEALSEvery day†A few times a weekA few times a monthNever
STAFF EATS THE SAME MEALS/SNACKS AS CHILDRENEvery day†A few times a weekA few times a monthNever
STAFF ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO TRY NEW FOODSEvery day†A few times a weekA few times a monthNever
STAFF ENGAGES IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WITH CHILDRENEvery day†A few times a weekA few times a monthNever
STAFF HELPS CHILDREN LEARN TO RECOGNIZE HUNGER/FULLNESS CUESStrongly agree†Somewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
STAFF MODELS POSITIVE HEALTH HABITSStrongly agree†Somewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
STAFF IS PROVIDED WITH TRAINING/CONTINUING EDUCATION ON NUTRITION AND/OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR CHILDREN 2 or more times per year†1 time per yearLess than 1 time per yearRarely or never
Self-Efficacy/Attitudes
Shading = Standard; † = Recommendation
I AM CONFIDENT IN MY ABILITY TO UPHOLD WV CACFP/LEAP OF TASTE NUTRITION STANDARDS.Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
I UNDERSTAND WV CACFP/LEAP OF TASTE NUTRITION STANDARDS.Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
I AM CONFIDENT IN MY ABILITY TO ENGAGE CHILDREN IN HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
I AM CONFIDENT IN MY ABILITY TO ENGAGE STAFF IN UPHOLDING WV CACFP/LEAP OF TASTE NUTRITION STANDARDS.Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
I AM CONFIDENT IN MY ABILITY TO ENGAGE PARENTS IN UPHOLDING WV CACFP/LEAP OF TASTE NUTRITION STANDARDS.Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree