CARE Connection: Meal Patterns for CACFP

Lessons introduce CACFP Meal Patterns and how to use them to make sure you are serving a reimbursable meal that meets the nutrition needs of the young children in your care. 


Grab and Go Lesson - Using CACFP Meal Patterns for Good Nutrition
Using Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns and MyPlate for Preschoolers to plan healthy meals in child care. Revised 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson - The CACFP Meal Pattern
Use the meal patterns to make menu planning easier. Revised 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson - How to Use the Infant Meal Pattern
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Grab and Go Lesson - The CACFP Infant Meal Pattern
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Grab and Go Lesson - How to Use the CACFP Meal Pattern for Children
Tips to planning well-balanced meals in child care. Revised 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson - The CACFP Meal Pattern for Children
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Grab and Go Lesson - Young Children Need Snacks for Balanced Nutrition
Using the CACFP Meal Patterns to create healthful snacks. Revised 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson - Using CACFP Meal Patterns to Plan Healthful Snacks
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Grab and Go Lesson - How to Use Meal Patterns in Family Style Meal Service
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Meal Patterns for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Video - Flash Version
Video lesson on using the CACFP Meal Patterns. RT 15 min. View online in streaming video. 2009.
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Meal Patterns Video - Windows Media Video Version
Meal Patterns for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Video lesson on using the CACFP Meal Patterns. RT 15 min. Download this Windows Media Video (WMV) version to your computer. 2009.
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Meal Patterns for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Video Lesson Plan - PDF Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video for training. 2010.
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Meal Patterns for the Child and Adult Care Food Program Video Lesson Plan - Microsoft Word® Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video for training. 2010.
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Letter to parents of children
Sample letter for child care providers to edit and send home with families.
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Letter to parents of infants
Sample letter for child care providers to edit and send home with families.
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Meat Alternatives
Learn the CACFP Meal Pattern requirements for meat alternatives.
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