Act Now:  Ensure school districts have the resources they need to support the health of California students!
Join CFPA in commenting on the California Department of Education's draft  Statements of Model Practices , a new resource intended to support school districts in improving student outcomes through the Local Control Funding Formula. 
Deadline:  5:00PM on February 24, 2017 .

Providing feedback is easy! It should take  five minutes or less and could make a big difference for students across California!

Step 1:  Click here to comment.

Step 2: Follow the survey prompts. After entering your participant information,  indicate that you would like to comment on Priority 1-7 by checking the corresponding boxes . (see  image )

Step 3:  Copy and paste the following text into the text box for each Priority 1-7  and the general comments  (see  image ) . (Alternatively, use CFPA's full comments as a guide to writing your own comments):

I / (We) recommend that the Statements of Model Practices:
  1. Include language and practices that promote the whole child approach to education--supporting students' social, emotional and physical needs.
  2. Provide model practices for districts to improve access to school meal programs.
Research tells us that healthy and well-nourished children are more likely to attend class, be ready to learn, stay engaged and perform well in school. However, around 2 million children in California live in food insecure households, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to adequate food. School meal programs help level the playing field for low-income California children by providing them the nutrition they need to learn, grow and thrive.

There are many evidence-based nutrition actions that districts can take to help low-income students reach their full academic potential. For example:
  • Breakfast after the bell. School breakfast significantly improves school performance and reduces absenteeism and tardiness while improving children's diets.
  • Meals free of charge to all students. Children experiencing hunger are more likely to have behavioral, emotional and academic problems. Offering universal free meals increases meal participation which can decrease a child's risk of experiencing hunger.

See CFPA's full comments.

Learn more about LCFF/LCAP and opportunities to support school nutrition services. Link
For More Info Contact: Anna Colby
Nutrition Policy Advocate | 213.482.8200 ext 204 | Email