Day cares see change in funding

Tackling childhood obesity, providing more nutritious meals for children - these are what you might call “hot button” topics right now. However, some caretakers of our youngest children are now trying to figure out how to provide those nutritious meals on less money.Several Broken Bow in-home day care providers received letters from the food program a couple of weeks ago, informing them that the reimbursement they receive for the meals and snacks they provide is being cut - drastically cut. For day care provider Heather Schmidt, learning she was being moved from Tier 1 to Tier 2 is a huge blow. She says providing quality, nutritious meals and snacks has always been a top priority for her. But with having to now drastically cut her food budget, she is left trying to decide just what changes she will have to make to make up the difference.For full story, see the Oct. 18, 2012 edition of the Custer County Chief.