SDE: Feeding Infants in CACFP Child Care Programs

Feeding Infants in CACFP Child Care Programs


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The new CACFP infant meal pattern applies to babies from birth through 11 months of age and takes effect on October 1, 2017, as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) final rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Effective October 1, 2019, serving sizes for grains must comply with the ounce equivalents for creditable grains in Whole Grain-rich Ounce Equivalents for the CACFP.

The final rule requires more whole grains and a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, and reduces the amount of added sugars and solid fats in CACFP meals. It also better aligns the CACFP with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and other Child Nutrition Programs.

CACFP Infant Meal Pattern (October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2019)

Note: The CACFP infant meal pattern and forms below apply through September 30, 2019. Effective October 1, 2019, serving sizes must comply with the ounce equivalents for creditable grains in Whole Grain-rich Ounce Equivalents for the CACFP. The CSDE will update these resources prior to this change.

Infant Meal Pattern Infant Forms Crediting Guidance Operational Memos
  • USDA Memo CACFP 02-2018: Feeding Infants and Meal Pattern Requirements in the Child and Adult Care Food Program; Questions and Answers
  • USDA Memo CACFP 01-2018: Grain Requirements in the Child and Adult Care Food Program; Questions and Answers
  • USDA Memo CACFP 15-2016: Optional Best Practices to Further Improve Nutrition in the Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern
Resources
For more resources, review the CSDE's Resources for Child Nutrition Programs webpage.

CONTACT
CSDE CACFP Staff
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutrition Programs
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
Phone: 860-807-2050
Fax: 860-807-2127


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