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Using CACFP Guidelines to Build a Healthy School Menu

Course Description

Development of healthy eating habits begins early in life. A large majority of young children spend several days in some form of childcare outside their home each week and often consume multiple meals during that time. Childcare providers play an essential role in the development of healthy eating habits of children.

The CACFP was created to help ensure that childcare providers are able to offer healthy foods throughout the day, however, this still remains a challenge due to budget constraints and picky children. This course will help administrators and individuals involved in menu planning understand the history of the food program guidelines and how to navigate them; detail the importance of each meal component and how it relates to child growth and development; discover budget friendly options for each meal component; and help childcare providers make small changes to their own menus that will create a healthy impact on the children they care for.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, successful participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how and why the CACFP was developed and detail current guidelines.
  • List and discuss the importance of each meal component and how these foods positively impact growth and development.
  • List at least 2 budget friendly options for each meal component.
  • List at least 2 ways they can alter their current menus to provide healthier choices

Clock hours: 2.0 clock hours   Course Cost: $12 USD


This training is approved by:

  • The State of Texas according to §746.1317 of the Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers
  • Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development and Early Education

Upcoming Live Webinars

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Time Options: 1:00 pm CST (2:00 pm EST) or 6:30 pm CST (7:30 pm EST)


Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021

Time Options: 9:00 am CST (10:00 pm EST)


This training is available On-Demand.

On-demand trainings allow educators to complete courses at their own pace. Once enrolled, you will have up to 1 year to complete the training.