National Head Start Association

Cooking Matters at the Store





Grant Completion Deadline Extended to June 15, 2014!


UPDATE: We have currently exceeded our grant distribution limitations. If you are still interested in submitting your CMATS application please do! Your name will be added to a waiting list in the order it was received. Should any mini-grants become available and/or any additional monies are provided by the funder, you will be notified immediately.





NHSA's New Partner: Cooking Matters at the Store

 

The National Head Start Association has proudly partnered with Share our Strength to connect young children to healthy food by offering Cooking Matters at the Store mini-grants.

Cooking Matters at the Store is an interactive grocery store tour that offers families tips and tricks for healthy eating on a budget. Smart shopping techniques like comparing unit prices, identifying whole grain products, and buying fruits and vegetables on a limited budgetare shared during the tours.



Grant Coordinator Roles & Responsibilities

  • Ordering materials
  • Scheduling tours at least 1 week in advance with NHSA
  • Reporting back to NHSA 1 week after the tour
  • Ensuring each tour leader completes their online training through the Cooking Matters Learning Space

The Mini-Grant Process


Receive Grant

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Complete Training

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Schedule Tour

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Order Materials

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Host
Tour

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Report Success!




Complete Online Training

  1. Follow the instructions provided in the "Congratulations" email sent to you by Siria. Each individual tour leader must complete this step.
  2. Select, "National Head Start Association" from organization list.
  3. Log into the online training and complete the final checkpoint.
  4. Notify Siria when you’ve completed your training.

Schedule Tour

  1. Complete & submit a Tour Initiation form for each tour you intend to complete to Siria (srioja@nhsa.org) at least one week prior to hosting a tour.

Order Materials

  1. Your username and password is provided to you in the "Congratulations" email.
    • They are activated when the grant coordinator confirms their role & contact info with Siria.
    • It can take up to 3 weeks to process & deliver your order so please plan accordingly.

Host Tour

  1. Plan for time at the beginning and end of the tour to administer enrollment forms and participant surveys.

Report Success

  1. Complete a Tour Reporting form for each tour hosted.
  2. Send back Tour reporting form, enrollment forms, and participant surveys to Siria Rioja at srioja@nhsa.org.



Due within one week of completed tour:


Tour Reporting Form + Enrollment Forms + Completed Surveys = Credit for Completed Tour!


Mail:
Siria Rioja
NHSA
1651 Prince St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

         

Email:
srioja@nhsa.org

         

Fax with "ATTN: Siria":
(703) 739-0878



Deadlines


Date

Activity

March 3, 2014

Last day to withdraw from CMATS grant requirements & return funds to NHSA.

  

By March 28, 2014

All tour leaders must complete online training.

  

May 23, 2014

Last day to submit order for materials to allow ample time for delivery.
*Note: it can take up to 3 weeks for delivery.

  

By April 30, 2014

Host your first tour (if you have not yet done so).
*Note: Keep in mind potential need for rescheduling and/or scheduling additional tours to meet grant requirement of total participant outreach

  

Now to June 15, 2014

Schedule & Complete tours

  

1 week prior to scheduled tour date

Submit Tour Initiation form to Siria (srioja@nhsa.org)

  

Within 1 week after completing tour

Submit Tour Reporting form, enrollment forms, participant surveys, & 5 photos to Siria Rioja (srioja@nhsa.org)

  

June 15, 2014

Deadline to complete all tours.  All documents submitted to Siria (srioja@nhsa.org)



Frequently Used Forms


Tour Initiation Form
Tour Reporting Form
Participant Recruitment Flyer (English)
Participant Recruitment Flyer (Spanish)
Step-by-Step Guide for Ordering Materials
Participant Enrollment Form (English)
Participant Enrollment Form (Spanish)
Participant Survey Form (English)
Participant Survey Form (Spanish)


CMATS Webinars

Watch a video with tips and timeline for CMATS grants


Tips and Best Practices from the field


  • Train family service workers to lead tours
  • Bus participants from a central location to the store to alleviate any potential transportation barriers
  • Use parent meetings as informational sessions to promote tours and recruit parents by allowing parents to sign up for tours during the meetings
  • Explain and promote the program to the teachers and have them reach out to parents to recruit for tours
  • Reserve a checkout line to ease in the implementation of surveys and the $10 challenge
  • Provide an opportunity for parents to taste new food items through in store demos or after tour wrap up sessions
  • Provide a pre-training to tour leaders to teach them about the overarching goals for hosting tours with parents prior to tour leaders completing the online training
  • Use the grocery store tours to help recruit for parent education classes or as part of parent education classes

 

Rread a comprehensive list of grant completion steps, completed by a recent Cooking Matters at the Store tour leader.


Want to ask more questions?


Feel free to contact successful CMATS tour leaders:

Erin Richards
Umatilla Morrow Head Start
erichards@umchs.org

Veronica Castellanos
Baldwin Park Unified School District ECE
vcastellanos538@bpusd.net


Interested in CMATS?


We have currently exceeded our grant distribution limitations. If you are still interested in submitting your CMATS application please do to srioja@nhsa.org! Your name will be added to a waiting list in the order it was received. Should any mini-grants become available and/or any additional monies are provided by the funder, you will be notified immediately.

Download the CMATS application