SDE: Crediting Foods in CACFP Child Care Programs

Crediting Foods in CACFP Child Care Programs


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Foods and beverages must comply with specific requirements to credit toward the CACFP meal patterns for children in CACFP child care centers and family day care homes. The new CACFP meal patterns take 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 other Child Nutrition Programs.

Crediting Guide (October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2019)

Note: This guide is in effect 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 the Crediting Guide prior to this change.

Crediting Foods in CACFP Child Care Programs (CSDE guide) Coming Soon
  • Introduction
  • Milk
  • Meat/Meat Alternates
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Grains
  • Resources and Glossary
Crediting Worksheets CACFP Meal Patterns for Children

Resources and Memos

General Milk Meat/Meat Alternates Vegetables and Fruits Grains Product Documentation
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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Content Last Modified on 11/16/2017 10:51:22 AM