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.


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.

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Optional Best Practices Training

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Optional Best Practices AssessmentsApril 04, 2018July 10, 2018 Download
Optional Best Practices Instructor's ManualApril 04, 2018July 10, 2018 Download
Optional Best Practices PPT Web VersionApril 04, 2018May 20, 2024 Download
Optional Best Practices Participants WorkbookApril 04, 2018July 10, 2018 Download
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CACFP Meal Pattern Resources

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CAFCP Adult Meal Pattern PosterJuly 08, 2022 Download
CACFP Infant Meal Pattern PosterMay 09, 2024 Download
CACFP Child Meal Pattern PosterAugust 20, 2019 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



How To Request Training?

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.


Grab and Go Lessons are 2-3 page handouts that focus on one of the seven child nutrition categories. CACFP professionals can expect to learn about the benefits, good practices, and overall strategies for implementing the content of each lesson.


i-Train Lessons are 30-minute or less training for on-the-go learning. Each lesson features learning objectives, a training script, activities, and a PowerPoint to accommodate the materials.


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