Menu Planning Tools for Child Care Providers

These menu planning tools were specifically created for child care providers in homes or centers.




Recipes for Child Care Providers

The recipes in this section are for 25-50 servings, to be served in a child care home or center.


Eat Smart, Child Care (2016)

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.

Set of nutrition related recommendations and support materials for child care facilities.


Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies

Connecticut State Department of Education.

Provides a variety of resources to assist child care providers with wellness initiatives.


Wellness Policy Self-Assessment for Child Care

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Child care providers can use this checklist for child care centers or for child care homes to identify wellness policies that may help improve the nutrition and physical activity environment of their facility. From the Caregivers Promoting Health Habits program.


Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child-Care NAP SACC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health.

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program is a research-tested intervention designed to enhance policies, practices, and environments in child care by improving the nutritional quality of food served, the amount and quality of physical activity, staff-child interactions, and facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices and related environmental characteristics.


Healthy Kids Healthy Future

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The Nemours Foundation.

Provides a variety of nutrition and physical activity resources for child care providers.


Nemours Child Care Wellness Policy Workbook (PDF | 5.35 MB)

Nemours Florida Prevention Initiative.

Workbook with step-by-step instructions for developing written policies for child care programs in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.


Competencies, Knowledge and Skills for Child Care Providers in CACFP Operations

Institute of Child Nutrition.

This resource can be used as a tool by child care professionals to identify qualified staff for entry level and advanced level positions in the child care setting. It can also be used as a basis for advancing knowledge and skills and to identify training needs of staff. Published 2015.