ACD History & Vision

Our Mission

The Association for Child Development is a nonprofit organization that educates parents and caregivers about nutrition to promote the development of children and establish healthy eating habits to last a lifetime.

ACD is a sponsor of the CACFP in Michigan and Illinois.

Our History

During the 1970's ACD was known for its many-at one time, eleven-child care centers in Michigan. The Association for Child Development was the first in the state to have swimming pools and also provided progressive programs such as infant swimming classes, gymnastics and leisure time activities.

In 1975 ACD became a non-profit organization. In 1976 ACD became a statewide Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsor. Since that time, ACD has grown to include the state of Illinois.

Also in 1975, Congress became aware of the need for separate legislation for licensed child care institutions. The CACFP, which was formerly a part of the Special Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC), emerged as a separate program. Since that time, the CACFP has undergone many adjustments, but its underlying purpose remains the same: to assist Child Care Providers in serving nutritious food to children in their care and to provide nutrition education for child care personnel.

In 1981 ACD closed the last of its original child care centers.

Today, ACD's primary responsibility is administering one of the largest CACFP sponsorships in the nation, serving both Michigan and Illinois. By monitoring more than 3,500 child care homes and 110 child care centers and preparing monthly reimbursement checks for each of these, ACD fulfills its mission by ensuring that nearly 46,000 children receive nutritious meals and snacks each day!



Declaración de Principios

ACD es una organización sin fines de lucro que educa a padres de familia y proveedores de cuidado de niños sobre nutrición para promover el desarrollo de los niños y establecer hábitos alimenticios saludables de por vida.

ACD es patrocinador del CACFP en Illinois y Michigan.

Nuestra Historia

Durante la década de los 1970, ACD era conocida por sus muchos –en ese entonces- once centros de cuidado de niños en Michigan. La ACD fue la primera en el estado en tener piscinas y también programas progresistas como clases de natación, gimnasia y actividades de tiempo libre.

En 1975, ACD se convirtió en organización no lucrativa. En 1976, ACD devino patrocinador del Programa de Asistencia Alimenticia para Niños y Adultos (Child and Adult Care Food Program, CACFP) en todos los condados del estado de Michigan. Desde ese entonces, ACD ha seguido creciendo y ha incluido asimismo al estado de Illinois.

Por su parte, el Congreso estadounidense se dio cuenta de la necesidad de tener leyes específicas para las instituciones de cuidado de niños en ese mismo año, 1975. El CACFP, el cual anteriormente era parte del Programa Especial de Servicio de Alimentos para Niños (Special Food Service Program for Children, SFSPC), surgió como un programa aparte. A partir de ese momento, el CACFP ha venido pasando por muchos ajustes, pero su propósito fundamental sigue siendo el mismo: ayudar a que los proveedores de cuidado de niños sirvan comida nutritiva a los niños bajo cuidado y proporcionar educación acerca de la nutrición al personal de cuidado de niños.

In 1981, ACD cerró el último de los originales centros de cuidado de niños que tenía.

Hoy en día, la responsabilidad primaria de ACD es administrar uno de los patrocinios más grandes del CACFP en el país, sirviendo a Illinois y Michigan. Al monitorear más de 4,500 hogares de cuidado de niños y preparar cheques de reembolso mensual para cada uno de estos proveedores de cuidado de niños, ¡ACD cumple con su misión de asegurar que casi 46,000 niños reciban comidas y meriendas nutritivas todos los días!

El personal de ACD hablan Español.

Meet ACD's Registered Dietitian

Amanda Gallaher, MPH, RD - Michigan

I am very excited to work at ACD with staff and Providers to build healthy eating habits in young children. As part of my role, I provide nutrition training and education, which includes developing resources found online and in ACD's publications. I am eager to expand the nutrition and health resources available to providers.

I completed my Master of Public Health degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Dietetic Internship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I received my Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. I am an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and I am a passionate advocate for programs that increase access to healthy food across Michigan and Illinois.