SDE: Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the CACFP

Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the CACFP


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{young children eating} The Connecticut State Department of Education’s publication, Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, consists of six individual guides. These documents 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). They include comprehensive information on a variety of menu planning topics, including 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 Nutrition Policies and Guidance as the definitive source for information on complying with all federal and state nutrition requirements for the CACFP.

Note: This online version of Nutrition Policies and Guidance replaces the paper copy distributed to all Connecticut CACFP sponsors in June 2010. CACFP sponsors should discard all copies of the previous publications and replace them with the September 2011 versions below.


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1 Meal Pattern Requirements for the CACFP
Guide Handouts and Forms
Nutrition Policies and Guidance: Meal Pattern Requirements [PDF] Guidance on planning meals and snacks to comply with the CACFP Meal Pattern for Children

  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Pattern for Children [PDF]
  • Menu Form 1 — Breakfast, Lunch and Snack [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 2 — AM Snack, Lunch and PM Snack [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 3 — Breakfast, AM Snack and PM Snack [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 4 — AM and PM Snack [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 5 — Breakfast and PM Snack [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 6 — AM and PM Snack (Two Weeks) [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 7 — Breakfast, Lunch and Snack (AM and PM) Ages
    1-2 [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 8 — Breakfast and PM Snack – School Age [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 9 — “At-Risk” Snack – School Age [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 10 — Breakfast, Lunch and Supper – Emergency Shelters [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 11 — AM, PM and Evening Snack – Emergency Shelters [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 12 — "At-Risk" Supper (Two Weeks) [PDF] [DOC]
  • Menu Form 13 — "At-Risk" Snack and Supper [PDF] [DOC]
  • Sample Menu 1 — Cold Breakfast Menus for the CACFP [PDF]
  • Sample Menu 2 — Hot Breakfast Menus for the CACFP [PDF]
  • Sample Menu 3 — Cold Lunch/Supper Menus for the CACFP [PDF]
  • Sample Menu 4 — Hot Lunch/Supper Menus for the CACFP [PDF]
  • Sample Menu 5 — Snack Menus for the CACFP [PDF]



2 Crediting Foods in the CACFP
Guide Handouts and Forms
Nutrition Policies and Guidance: Crediting Foods

Guidance on determining whether foods and beverages are creditable 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]
  • Noncreditable Foods in the CACFP [PDF]
  • Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling [PDF]
  • Serving Sizes for Grains/Breads in the CACFP [PDF]
  • Worksheet 1 — Purchased Grains/Breads [Excel]
  • Worksheet 2 — Breakfast Cereals [Excel]
  • Worksheet 3 — Family-Size Recipes [Excel]
  • Worksheet 4 — Quantity Recipes [Excel]
  • Worksheet 5 — Nutrition Standards Processed Fruits/Vegetables [Excel]
  • Worksheet — 6 Nutrition Standards Soup [Excel]
  • Worksheet — 7 Nutrition Standards Meat/Meat Alternates [Excel]
  • Worksheet — 8 Nutrition Standards Yogurt [Excel]
  • Worksheet — 9 Nutrient Analysis of Recipes [Excel]
Resources
  • Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (USDA)
  • Food Buying Guide Online Calculator (USDA)



  • 3 Feeding Infants in the CACFP
    Guide Handouts and Forms
    Nutrition Policies and Guidance: 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.
    Resources

    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
    Guide Handouts and Forms
    Nutrition Policies and Guidance: Accommodating Special Dietary Needs [PDF]

    Guidance on feeding children with special dietary needs in the CACFP.
    • Medical Statement for Children with Disabilities [PDF] [DOC]
    • Medical Statement for Children without Disabilities [PDF] [DOC]
    • Fluid Milk Substitutions in the CACFP [PDF]
    Resources

    For more resources, review the Special Diets section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.




    5 Sanitation and Food Safety in the CACFP
    Guide Handouts and Forms
    Nutrition Policies and Guidance: Sanitation and Food Safety [PDF]

    Guidance on state and federal requirements for food safety in child care centers, family day care homes and emergency shelters.
    • Qualified Food Operator (QFO) Requirement [PDF]
    • Alternate QFO Statement [PDF]
    • Food Service Employee Training Record for Sanitation and Food Safety [PDF] [DOC]
    • On-site Training Record for Sanitation and Food Safety [PDF] [DOC]
    • Refrigerator and Freezer Temperature Control Record [PDF] [DOC]
    Resources

    For more resources, review the Food Safety section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.




    6 Planning Healthy Meals in the CACFP
    Guide Handouts and Forms
    Nutrition Policies and Guidance: Planning Healthy Meals [PDF]

    Guidance on improving the nutrition quality of CACFP meals and snacks.
      Resources

      For more resources, review the Menu Planning and Food Production section of the CSDE's Nutrition Resources.



      Resources


      For more resources, review the CSDE's Nutrition Resources and Healthy School Environment Resources.



      Contact


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



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