Adequate nutrition is critical for early childhood mental and physical development, and is a protective factor against chronic illness (e.g., obesity, hypertension, and diabetes). Children spend the majority of their day and consume their healthiest meals within an academic setting. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can provide access to proper nutrition, which supports cognitive and behavioral growth. This map displays the following data at the census tract level: all Georgia childcare providers, CACFP and Non-CACFP –providers as certified by Bright from the Start: Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning as of October 2022, 0-4 population, poverty rates, and low-income, low-access defined areas.
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