Education and Training Resources for CACFP Professionals
ICN’s research-based education and training resources are designed to support CACFP professionals in successfully implementing the program’s requirements.
CACFP MEAL PATTERN RESOURCES
Through USDA FNS guidance and collaboration, ICN developed the CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements training materials. This webpage features training materials and additional resources for implementing the updated meal pattern requirements.
Child and Adult Meal Pattern Requirements Training
|Comprehensive Child and Adult Meal Pattern Requirements Training Participant's Workbook||April 30, 2019||Download|
|Comprehensive Child and Adult Meal Pattern Requirements Training Instructor's Manual||April 30, 2019||Download|
|Comprehensive Child and Adult Meal Pattern Requirements Presentation||November 20, 2019||Download|
|Child and Adult Meal Pattern Requirements Training Assessments||April 30, 2019||Download|
|CAFCP Adult Meal Pattern Poster||November 06, 2019||Download|
|CACFP Infant Meal Pattern Poster||November 06, 2019||Download|
|CACFP Child Meal Pattern Poster||March 19, 2020||Download|
Optional Best Practices Training
|Optional Best Practices Assessments||April 04, 2018||Download|
|Optional Best Practices Instructor's Manual||April 04, 2018||Download|
|Optional Best Practices PPT Web Version||April 04, 2018||Download|
|Optional Best Practices Participants Workbook||April 04, 2018||Download|
Infant Meal Pattern Requirements Training
|CACFP Infant Meal Pattern Poster||November 06, 2019||Download|
|Infant Meal Pattern Presentation||April 24, 2018||Download|
|Infant Meal Pattern Requirements Assessments||April 24, 2018||Download|
|Infant Meal Pattern Requirements Training Instructor's Manual||April 24, 2018||Download|
|Infant Meal Pattern Requirements Training Participant's Workbook||April 24, 2018||Download|
Recipes for Healthy Kids – The 30 winning recipes from the Recipes for Healthy Kids (R4HK) competition are credited to support the whole grain-rich, red/orange, dark green, and beans/peas (legumes) vegetable subgroups for the meal patterns as part of the Nutrition Standards in School Meal Programs. Find these recipes in the Team Nutrition Resource Library
Child and Adult Meal Pattern Requirements
CACFP Optional Best Practices
CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements
This course is designed to provide the end user with key practices for planning cycle menus for child care settings.
This course consists of three lessons that are designed to help you, the child care professional, make nutrition education a part of snack time.
This course features key information for serving nutritious foods while in child care settings.
The Step-by-Step Menu Planning for Child Care online course is based on the Grab and Go Lesson
The Family Child Care FUNdamentals online course is based on the face-to-face training, Family Child Care FUNdamentals.
Food Safety in Child Care, formerly known as Serving Safe Food
FACE TO FACE TRAININGS
- Family Child Care FUNdamentals (1 to 7 training hours)
- Introduction to Happy Mealtimes in Child Care Settings (1 to 4 training hours)
After you have entered the information on the Training Request Form, scroll to the bottom and press “Submit.” If your request is successfully transmitted to ICN, you will receive an electronic reply. If you do not receive a reply, please contact ICN.
Three Things to Remember:
- ICN requires at least 8-10 weeks’ advance notice before the training date to schedule and plan a training session.
- ICN Consultant Trainers must train a minimum of 4 hours in a single day.
- A minimum of 25-30 participants is required for ICN to provide a training session.
2020 Mealtime Memos
|October 2020 - ICN and USDA Team Nutrition Resource Highlights||October 14, 2020||Download|
|September 2020 - Healthy Meals for Hispanic Heritage Month||September 10, 2020||Download|
|August 2020 - Staying Safe During COVID-19||August 10, 2020||Download|
|July 2020 - Grain-Based Desserts||July 06, 2020||Download|
|June 2020 - Good Nutrition is Important!||June 08, 2020||Download|
|May 2020 - Get Moving! Having Fun with Physical Activity||May 07, 2020||Download|
|April 2020 - Prevention is in Your Hands!||April 08, 2020||Download|
|March 2020 - Tips For A Better Shopping Experience||March 18, 2020||Download|
|February 2020- Fostering a Positive and Friendly Eating Environment||February 13, 2020||Download|
|January 2020 - Whole Grains - Why Not!||December 20, 2019||Download|
2019 Mealtime Memos
|December 2019 - Encouraging Healthy Habits: Tips for Child Care Providers||December 05, 2019||Download|
|November 2019 - Essential Nutrients In Milk||November 04, 2019||Download|
|October 2019 - Citrus Fruits and Vitamin C||October 07, 2019||Download|
|September 2019 - Strategies for Reducing Added Sugars||September 24, 2019||Download|
|August 2019 - Everyday I’m Guzzlin||August 08, 2019||Download|
|July 2019 - Celebrate and Stay Alert||July 09, 2019||Download|
|June 2019 - Physical Activity||May 31, 2019||Download|
|May 2019 - Seasonal Berries of Spring and Summer||May 06, 2019||Download|
|April 2019 - Preventing Anemia||April 02, 2019||Download|
|March 2019 - The Importance of Breakfast||February 27, 2019||Download|
|February 2019 - Defining, Buying, and Eating Local Food||February 01, 2019||Download|
|January 2019- Safely Storing Breastmilk||December 20, 2018||Download|
2018 Mealtime Memos
|December 2018 - Tis the Season for Fun, Nutritious Eating||November 29, 2018||Download|
|November 2018 - Strong Bones||October 31, 2018||Download|
|October 2018 - Fall Picnic Celebration||October 01, 2018||Download|
|September 2018 - It's Harvest Time!||September 04, 2018||Download|
|August 2018 - Family Meals - Oh Yea!!!||July 25, 2018||Download|
|July 2018 - Red, White, and Blue: A Celebration||July 02, 2018||Download|
|June 2018 - Safety In Child Care||June 12, 2018||Download|
|May 2018 - Nutrition and Learning||June 12, 2018||Download|
|April 2018- Keeping Children's Eyes Healthy||June 12, 2018||Download|
|March 2018- Sowing Seed - The Growing Time||June 12, 2018||Download|
|February 2018- Screen Media – Its Influence and Recommendations||June 12, 2018||Download|
|January 2018- Magnificent Milk - Have Some Please||June 12, 2018||Download|
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The Grab in 5 handouts feature five ways to incorporate healthy practices within the home and community. Families may find these handouts useful when seeking strategies for incorporating gardening, recycling, good nutrition, physical activity, and more.
Grab in 5
Grab and Go Lessons feature user-friendly, research-based best practices. These 2-3 page handouts are designed specifically for operators of the Child and Adult Care Food Program with limited time.
|Grab and Go- An Earth-Friendly Child Care Environment||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- CACFP and Parent Information||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- CACFP FAQs for Child Care Center Directors||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- CACFP FAQs for Family Child Care Providers||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- Strategies for Succeeding on the CACFP||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- Purchasing Large Equipment in the CACFP||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- Food Buying Guide Calculator||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- FAQs for Choosing Small Equipment for Child Care||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- CACFP Food Component Basics||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- Infant Meal Pattern Age Groups||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- Nutritional Benefits of the Meal Pattern||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- Infants and Developmental Readiness||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- Breastmilk and Infant Formula||October 22, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- The Basics of the Meats:Meat Alternates Component||October 22, 2020||Download|
Health and Safety
|Calibrating Food Thermometers||May 18, 2020||Download|
|Keep Food Safe- Clean, Sanitize, and Disinfect||May 20, 2020||Download|
|Keep Food Safe- Control Food Temperatures||May 20, 2020||Download|
|Keep Food Safe- Wash Hands the Best Way||May 20, 2020||Download|
|Keep Mealtime Safe in Child Care Settings||May 20, 2020||Download|
|Personal Hygiene for the Child Care Kitchen||May 20, 2020||Download|
Nutrition and Meal Management
Education and Training
|Using Art, Literacy, and Dramatic Play to Teach Nutrition||May 20, 2020||Download|
|Steps to Planning a Nutrition Education Activity||May 20, 2020||Download|
|Grab and Go- Field Trip Adventures at the Grocery Store||October 22, 2020||Download|
Food preparation is a fundamental factor for providing nutritious meals and snacks in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Having the right tools, such as pots, pans, and knives, can make food prep simpler and faster. Here are some tools to consider when equipping your meal preparation area.