SDE: Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the CACFP

Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the CACFP


CACFP  |   Program Guidance  |   Forms (Centers)  |   Forms (Homes)  |   Resources

At-Risk Afterschool Care  |   Centers  |   Emergency Shelters  |   Family Day Care Homes





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.
Timesaver Tip: To search a document for a specific topic, open the PDF of the document. On the toolbar, click on “edit” then “find” and enter the information you are looking for. Use the shortest word possible to find a match.


MEAL PATTERN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CACFP
{Children eating lunch of chicken and vegetables}
NPG: Meal Pattern Requirements  [PDF]   Revised July 2016
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]   Revised July 2016
  • Menu Forms  Revised July 2016
    • 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 – Two-week AM and PM Snack  [PDF]   [DOC]
    • 7 – Breakfast, Lunch and Snack for Ages 1-2  [PDF]   [DOC]
    • 8 – Breakfast and PM Snack for School Age  [PDF]   [DOC]
    • 9 – At-risk Snack for School Age  [PDF]   [DOC]
    • 10 – Breakfast, Lunch and Supper for Emergency Shelters  [PDF]   [DOC]
    • 11 – AM, PM and Evening Snack for Emergency Shelters  [PDF]   [DOC]
    • 12 – Two-week At-risk Supper (Two Weeks)  [PDF]   [DOC]
    • 13 – At-risk Snack and Supper  [PDF]   [DOC]
  • Production Records  New July 2016
    • 1 – Any Meal  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 2 – Breakfast, Lunch and Snack (AM or PM)  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 3 – AM Snack, Lunch and PM Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 4 – Breakfast, AM Snack and PM Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 5 – AM and PM Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 6 – Breakfast and PM Snack  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 7 – Breakfast, Lunch and Supper for Emergency Shelters  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 8 – AM, PM and Evening Snack for Emergency Shelters  [PDF]  [DOC]
    • 9 – At-Risk Snack and Supper  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Sample Menus  Revised July 2016
    • 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]
  • Operational Memos
For more resources, review the CSDE's Nutrition Resources and Healthy School Environment Resources on the CSDE's Nutrition Education Resources Web page.


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

  • Accepting Processed Product Documentation in the CACFP  [PDF]
    New July 2016
  • Noncreditable Foods in the CACFP  [PDF]  Revised July 2016
  • Serving Sizes for Grains/Breads in the CACFP  [PDF]  Revised July 2016
  • Using Child Nutrition (CN) Labels in the CACFP  [PDF]  Revised July 2016
  • Using Product Formulation Statements in the CACFP  [PDF]  New July 2016
  • Crediting Worksheets
    • 1 — Purchased Grains/Breads  [Excel]
    • 2 — Breakfast Cereals  [Excel]
    • 3 — Family-size Recipes for Grains/Breads  [Excel]
    • 4 — Quantity Recipes for Grains/Breads  [Excel]
    • 5 — Nutrition Standards for Processed Fruits/Vegetables  [Excel]
    • 6 — Nutrition Standards for Soup  [Excel]
    • 7 — Nutrition Standards for Meat/Meat Alternates  [Excel]
    • 8 — Nutrition Standards for Yogurt  [Excel]
    • 9 — Nutrient Analysis of Recipes  [Excel]
  • Operational Memos


FEEDING INFANTS IN THE CACFP
{baby eating from a spoon}
NPG: Feeding Infants  [PDF]  Revised June 2016
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]  Revised June 2016
  • Menu Forms
    • Weekly Infant Menu Form 1
      (Five Days)  [PDF]  [DOC]  Revised June 2016
    • Weekly Infant Menu Form 2
      (Seven Days)  [PDF]  [DOC]  Revised June 2016
  • Bottle Feeding
    • Accepting/Rejecting Infant Formula in the CACFP  [PDF]
      Revised May 2016
    • Bottle Feeding Infants  [PDF]  Revised June 2016
  • Preventing Choking
    • Preventing Choking in Infants and Young Children  [PDF]
      Revised June 2016
  • Operational Memos
For more resources, review "Feeding Infants" in the Dietary Guidelines and Nutrition Information section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.


ACCOMMODATING SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS IN THE CACFP
{Young girl being checked by doctor}
NPG: Accommodating Special Dietary Needs  [PDF]
Revised June 2016
Guidance on feeding children with special dietary needs in the CACFP
Handouts and Forms Resources

  • Allowable Milk Substitutions in the CACFP  [PDF]  Revised June 2016
  • Medical Statement for Children with Disabilities  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Medical Statement for Children without Disabilities  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Operational Memos
For more resources, review the Special Diets section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.


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

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


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]   Revised August 2016
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


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
CSDE Nondiscrimination Statement




Content Last Modified on 8/18/2016 7:57:51 AM