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Child Care Centers

Public or private non-profit child care centers, Head Start programs, and some for-profit centers which are licensed or approved to provide child care may serve meals and snacks to children through age 12 years.

General Information

Menu Planning Tools

    Eight Weeks of Cycle Menus Available 
    The cycle menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are designed using the "USDA Recipes for Child  Care" resource. A great starter for centers and homes new to the CACFP, and for some new menu ideas. Menus meet the meal pattern requirements for 3-5 year olds and portion sizes can be adjusted for other age groups.
    Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs 
    Food Buying Guide Electronic Calculator
    USDA Recipes 
    Sample Menu Form 
    Combination Food Recipe with Instructions 
    Combination Food Recipe no Instructions 
    Recipe Analysis Worksheet 
    Recipe Conversion Calculation Worksheet 
     Non-Creditable Foods in CACFP  
    New Mexico Food Purchasing and Production Guide (2005 Edition)
    Easy to Use Grains and Breads Chart  (November 2012)
    Daily Vendor Receipt 
    Menu Evaluation Checklist 
    Manufacturers Product Analysis Sheet 
    MPAS Sample Letter of Request to the Manufacturer 
    What the CN Label Tells You  
    Standard of Identity 

 Building for the Future

Misc Documents


Other Resources

  • Women, Infants, Children website and brochures
  • Team Nutrition External Link
        The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA/FNS) has a comprehensive listing of all the resources available through Team Nutrition for schools and child care facilities that participate in the Federal Child Nutrition Programs.

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