Connect With Parents!

Key Messages for Parents

  • Children need healthy snacks between meals to give them energy and nutrients.
  • A healthy snack includes healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk/dairy, and protein (eggs, lean meats, nuts, beans).
  • Limit snacks that have trans fats, a lot of sugar, and salt like soda, candy, cookies, and chips.
  • Be a healthy role model for your child by eating healthy snacks.

Parent Communication Options

It is important to engage parents on a regular basis in a variety of ways. Here are some ways that you can engage parents at afterschool:

  • Have a conversation with parents at pick up
  • Create a bulletin board with the key messages from each Food & Fun unit
  • Involve parents in daily physical activities and snack time
  • Hold regularly scheduled events each month
  • Make a recipe book for snacks. Ask kids to bring in a healthy super snack recipe. Encourage them to ask their parents for ideas of healthy snacks they ate when growing up. Put all of the snack recipes into a book for families. You can even make some of the recipes for an after school snack at your program!
  • Make extra snacks for parents. Make extra snacks for parents to try when they pick up their child at after school.

Refer to the Parent Communications document, Newsletter Article, and Parent Handout to reinforce the messages in this unit of Food & Fun. All three are available in Spanish and English, and the Handout is available in Chinese.

  1. Parent Communications: Ideas for parent engagement, as well as a newsletter, "Snacking the Healthy Way!" and email message, "Healthy Habits Power Tips: Super Snacks" to distribute to parents.
  2. Newsletter Article: The formatted version of the parent Newsletter
  3. Parent Handout: "Snacks: A Bridge Between Meals". Send this handout home in a mailing, insert it into your next newsletter, or have copies available for pick up at your program's sign-out area.