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USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program
This U.S. Department of Agriculture site features national CACFP information about its different programs, history and future plans.  See how CACFP can make a difference in the quality ofyour program!  Whether you are a provider in your home, at a day care center, in an after school care program, or in a shelter, you will find many useful resources and contacts here.                                                                                    
Providing healthy meals to children in a childcare setting does not have to be expensive.  Use the tips and materials in the following links to plan and shop smart.  You can make healthy choices for the children you serve while staying within your childcare budget.

USDA Standardized Recipes

WIC Approved Food List

A Flash of Food Safety

Team Nutrition Resources

ICN - Education and Training Resources for Participants in CACFP - Healthy Eating on a Budget - Meeting Your MyPlate Goals on a Budget

Farm to Child Care



All online federal government information on nutrition is easily accessed from this site. The site contains links to information on healthy eating, physical activity and food safety.


The gateway to government food safety information.
The Healthy Meals Resource System (HSMRS)
This newly redesigned site provides information to persons working in USDA's Child Nutrition Programs including recipes, resources and links.  Find information on preparing nutritious meals and food safety.  Learn more about HSMRS, Team Nutrition, and how to borrow school food service publications from National Agricultural Library (NAL). - Food and Nutrition Information
The American Dietetics Association's Knowledge Center provides timely and objective food and nutrition information for consumers, health professionals and ADA members. The resources available can help consumers achieve a healthy lifestyle and answer food and nutrition questions.
National Food Service Management Institute
The National Food Service Management Institute takes its programs and services nationwide through workshops, teleconferences, audio conferences, and training packages.  The website offers a wealth of information and publications related to child nutrition programs, such as:
Mealtime Memo for Child
A newsletter for child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, focused on good nutrition for young children.  Each issue offers a recipe from the USDA Recipes for Child Care and a week's menus.  A Spanish version is available.
CARE Connection
A series of 10 video lessons and 48 printed lessons for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) personnel to use in training caregivers in child care homes and centers.  It provides information about the CACFP, meal patterns, menu planning, food preparation, sanitation and food safety, and nutrition education. Printed materials include information for sponsors and caregivers, parent leaflets, children’s activities, and instructor guide. 
Nutrition for Kids
Sponsored by 24 Carrot Press. Highlights their books, teaching kits or other resources, organized by topic. Provides news, articles, tips, recipes and more, including their FREE Feeding Kids Newsletter. The weekly carrot and "carrots" archive provides useful tips and quick updates.
DHSS Food Safety
This site includes information on food safety and food recalls.
Recipes for Healthy Kids
Free print copies of the Recipes for Healthy Kids cookbooks are available to schools, child care centers, and family child care providers who participate in Child Nutrition Programs. Get yours at Choose the Resource Order Form for print copies or download from the Resource Library.

The Recipes for Healthy Kids cookbooks feature recipes containing foods that both children and adults should consume more of: dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains. All of these healthy recipes are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. With fun names like Porcupine Sliders, Smokin' Powerhouse Chili, and Squish Squash Lasagna, these kid-tested, kid-approved recipes are sure to please children and be an instant hit! Cookbooks available for:
• Home - 6 servings
• Child care centers - 25 and 50 servings
• Schools - 50 and 100 servings
Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities
Nemours, a foundation that operates an integrated children’s health system, just released a Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities! The toolkit provides a range of strategies and success stories to assist practitioners in child-serving sectors, including: early care and education, schools, out-of-school time, community initiatives and healthcare. The profiled communities were able to leverage their unique rural resources and benefited from close community bonds to improve children’s health. The toolkit also includes policy recommendations and an overview of the evaluation process.  Feel free to share the link with interested colleagues, networks, stakeholders and constituencies.