Saturday, February 28, 2009

Helping Hands

Today I just submitted my first claim form for Helping Hands. This is such an AWESOME program to be a part of. In a nutshell it is a REIMBURSEMENT for the meal and snacks you serve to the children you care for! Which is cool! I don't have any kids but for the past year and a half I've been babysitting my nieces and nephews so I claim them. Anyways, before joining I was thinking why not do it? Your getting back the money you spend on feeding the kids and it could go towards better things like shopping... LOL... bills, savings and etc. So I did some research and here's what their program is all about:

Helping Hands, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c) 3 corporation. We serve approximately 350 family day care providers located throughout the Wasatch Front, from Ogden to Springville, Utah. At this time we do not accept day care providers from outside the state of Utah. We encourage all day care providers to take advantage of this wonderful program.

We accept all licensed providers and work with many ethnicities. We have staff members who are fluent in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and French. Under the oversight of the Utah State Office of Education we administer the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

CACFP reimburses participating day care homes for serving nutritious meals. Helping Hands, Inc. plays a critical role in supporting home day care providers through training, technical assistance, and monitoring. All family or group day care homes must come into this program under a sponsoring organization such as Helping Hands, Inc. In order to qualify for the CACFP the provider must be either a state licensed day care provider or a state certified provider. The day care provider must also attend annual training classes and maintain a safe, secure environment for the children.

So if you take care of your kids, nieces or nephews or even run a daycare this is definitely the way to go. It's a WIN WIN situation for everyone! The state of Utah will be happy that your kids are well fed, your kids will be happy that they're well fed and the best part is that you're happy your kids are taken care of and you'll have extra money in your pocket! YAY! It's an easy program to join and almost everyone qualifies. They are always looking for more people to join in... This is definitely a program worth looking in to!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

YAY! I Did it!

OK so after going through everyones blog and reading their posts I finally decided that I will start up a blog too. So not really sure about what this blog thing is all about or what I have to share with everyone... but I guess that's the whole point of blogging... Right? It can be on anything of your choosing... LOL.

Great so I completed the first step of blogging which is setting up a page... now I think I'm going to mess areound on this and try to customize it to make it unique for me... LOL!