SDE: Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the CACFP

Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the CACFP


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NUTRITION POLICIES AND GUIDANCE FOR CACFP
CHILD CARE CENTERS AND FAMILY DAY CARE HOMES
{girl drinking milk} {young children eating lunch} {boy eating fruit salad} {baby eating from a spoon}
The Connecticut State Department of Education’s publication, Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (NPG), consists of six individual guides to assist child care centers, family day care homes, emergency shelters and at-risk afterschool care centers with planning meals to meet the requirements of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). These guides include comprehensive information on the CACFP meal pattern requirements, avoiding common menu problems, nutrition guidance, feeding infants and accommodating children with special dietary needs. Each guide also includes useful forms and handouts. CACFP sponsors should use NPG as the definitive source for information on complying with the CACFP requirements.
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1 — MEAL PATTERN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CACFP
{Children eating lunch of chicken and vegetables}
NPG: Meal Pattern Requirements  [PDF]
Guidance on planning meals and snacks to comply with the CACFP Meal Pattern for Children
Handouts and Forms Resources

  • Meal Pattern
    • CACFP Meal Pattern for Children  [PDF]
  • Menu Forms
    • 1 — Breakfast, Lunch and Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 2 — AM Snack, Lunch and PM Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 3 — Breakfast, AM Snack and PM Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 4 — AM and PM Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 5 — Breakfast and PM Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 6 — AM and PM Snack (Two Weeks)  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 7 — Breakfast, Lunch and Snack (AM and PM)
      Ages 1-2  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 8 — Breakfast and PM Snack – School Age  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 9 — “At-Risk” Snack – School Age  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 10 — Breakfast, Lunch and Supper – Emergency Shelters  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 11 — AM, PM and Evening Snack – Emergency Shelters  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 12 — "At-Risk" Supper (Two Weeks)  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 13 — "At-Risk" Snack and Supper  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Sample Menus
    • 1 — Cold Breakfast Menus for the CACFP  [PDF]
    • 2 — Hot Breakfast Menus for the CACFP  [PDF ]
    • 3 — Cold Lunch/Supper Menus for the CACFP  [PDF]
    • 4 — Hot Lunch/Supper Menus for the CACFP  [PDF]
    • 5 — Snack Menus for the CACFP  [PDF]
For more resources, review the CSDE's Nutrition Resources and Healthy School Environment Resources.


2 — CREDITING FOODS IN THE CACFP
{Group of young children with baskets of food}
NPG: Crediting Foods
Guidance on determining whether foods and beverages credit as meal components of the CACFP meal pattern.
  • Introduction  [PDF]
  • Grains/Breads  [PDF]
  • Vegetables/Fruits  [PDF]
  • Meat/Meat Alternates  [PDF]
  • Milk  [PDF]
  • References, Resources and Glossary  [PDF]
Handouts and Forms Resources

  • Noncreditable Foods in the CACFP  [PDF]
  • Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling  [PDF]
  • Serving Sizes for Grains/Breads in the CACFP  [PDF]
  • Crediting Worksheets
    • 1 — Purchased Grains/Breads  [Excel]
    • 2 — Breakfast Cereals  [Excel]
    • 3 — Family-size Recipes  [Excel]
    • 4 — Quantity Recipes  [Excel]
    • 5 — Nutrition Standards Processed Fruits/Vegetables  [Excel]
    • 6 — Nutrition Standards Soup  [Excel]
    • 7 — Nutrition Standards Meat/Meat Alternates  [Excel]
    • 8 — Nutrition Standards Yogurt  [Excel]
    • 9 — Nutrient Analysis of Recipes  [Excel]



3 — FEEDING INFANTS IN THE CACFP
{baby eating from a spoon}
NPG: Feeding Infants  [PDF]
Guidance on feeding infants (birth through 11 months) and meeting the requirements of the CACFP Infant Meal Pattern, including a crediting guide for infant foods
Handouts and Forms Resources

  • Meal Pattern
    • CACFP Infant Meal Pattern  [PDF]
  • Menu Forms
    • 1 — Weekly Menu Form for Infants  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 2 — Weekly Menu Form for Infants (Emergency Shelters)  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Bottle-feeding
  • Preventing Choking
    • Preventing Choking in Infants and Young Children  [PDF]
For more resources, review "Feeding Infants" in the Dietary Guidelines and Nutrition Information section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.


4 — ACCOMMODATING SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS IN THE CACFP
{Young girl being checked by doctor}
NPG: Accommodating Special Dietary Needs  [PDF]
Guidance on feeding children with special dietary needs in the CACFP
Handouts and Forms Resources

  • Medical Statement for Children with Disabilities  [PDF]  [DOC]  Revised July 2015
  • Medical Statement for Children without Disabilities  [PDF]  [DOC]  Revised July 2015
  • Fluid Milk Substitutions in the CACFP [PDF]
For more resources, review "Feeding Infants" in the Special Diets section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.


5 — SANITATION AND FOOD SAFETY IN THE CACFP
{Checking refrigerator temperature for food safety}
NPG: Food Safety  [PDF]
Guidance on state and federal requirements for food safety in child care centers, family day care homes and emergency shelters
Handouts and Forms Resources

  • Qualified Food Operator (QFO) Responsibilities for Connecticut Child Nutrition Programs  [PDF]  Revised July 2015
  • Alternate QFO Statement  [PDF]   Revised July 2015
  • Food Service Employee Training Record for Sanitation and Food Safety  [PDF]  [DOC]  Revised July 2015
  • On-site Training Record for Sanitation and Food Safety  [PDF]  [DOC]  Revised July 2015
  • Refrigerator and Freezer Temperature Control Record  [PDF]   [DOC]  Revised July 2015
For more resources, review the Food Safety section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.


6 — PLANNING HEALTHY MEALS IN THE CACFP
{Menu board with Tuna sandwich with lettuce on whole-wheat bread, red apple, carrot sticks and low-fat milk}
NPG: Planning Healthy Meals  [PDF]
Guidance on improving the nutrition quality of CACFP meals and snacks.
Handouts and Forms Resources
For more resources, review the Menu Planning and Food Production section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.


CONTACT
CSDE CACFP Staff
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutrition Programs
25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457
Telephone: 860-807-2050 • Fax: 860-807-2127


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