Child Care Providers

Infant Meal Patterns

State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

A two part training module about the infant meal patterns.


Preschool Lesson Plans: A Dozen Ways to Be Healthy

Florida Department of Health.

Teach nutrition and physical activity every month with twelve lesson plans for child care providers in the Child Care Food Program. An introduction offers helpful tips and guidance for use. Preschool Lesson Plans are provided for ages 3-4.5 and 4.5-5. Activities, handouts, and letters to parents for involvement at home are also included.


Eat Smart, Child Care

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.

Set of nutrition related recommendations and support materials for child care facilities.


Alaska Lunch Tray (PDF | 2.27 MB)

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

This document illustrates the food sources each part of Alaska produces for use in schools.


Mealtime Minutes - Inspiring Success: Illinois Child Care Wellness Team Nutrition Training Sub-grants (September 2013) Mealtime Minutes - Inspiring Success: Illinois Child Care Wellness Team Nutrition Training Sub-grants (September 2013) (PDF | 3 MB)

Illinois State Board of Education Nutrition and Wellness Programs.

This bonus Mealtime Minutes highlights Work Plans submitted by child care facilities that received an Illinois Child Care Wellness— Team Nutrition Training Sub-grant. It provides many great examples of nutrition and wellness education activities and may be used as a resource to enhance health and wellness efforts at your own child care facilities.


Wellness Policy Self-Assessment for Child Care

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Child care providers can use this checklist for child care centers or for child care homes to identify wellness policies that may help improve the nutrition and physical activity environment of their facility. From the Caregivers Promoting Health Habits program.


Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies and Practices

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity; Maryland State Department of Education.

Child Care Centers and Preschools:
Model Policy (PDF | 418 KB)
Checklist (PDF | 483 KB)

Family Home Daycare:
Model Policy (PDF | 522 KB)
Checklist (PDF | 469 KB)


Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the CACFP

Connecticut State Department of Education.

Set of 6 guides for CACFP covering meal pattern requirements, crediting foods, infant feeding, special dietary needs, food safety, and planning healthy meals.


Child Care Mealtime Assessment (PDF | 92.0 KB)

Minnesota Department of Education.

The Child Care Mealtime Assessment is a tool for evaluating the meal environment in a child care center. To complete the assessment, centers examine the serving and dining spaces where children eat meals and indicate whether each statement is true by checking the corresponding box. Unchecked boxes are areas to consider for future implementation to improve the meal environment.


Active Early: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Physical Activity (September 2011) (PDF | 8.5 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

A guide for improving physical activity in child care environments. Also available in Spanish (PDF | 11.48 MB).


Steps to Success (2016)

Iowa Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Introductory workshop on CACFP administration for centers including the following modules: Menu Planning, Production Records, Healthy Child Care, Income Applications, Counting & Claiming, Financial Reports, Online Claims, Training, Civil Rights, Review Preparation, New Organizations, Emergency Shelters, Center Sponsors, Infant Feeding, At-Risk Program, Outside School Hours, and Adult Care.


Leap of Taste: Child Care Nutrition Standards

West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition.

Child care nutrition standards, divided into four key components: Beverages, Fruits and Vegetables, Grains and Bread, and Meat/Meat Alternates. Materials include food prep videos, administrative tools, menu planning, menus and recipes, and more.


Family Fun, Food, and Fitness Event Planning Guide (August 2014) (PDF | 47.3 MB)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Guidebook provides instructions for planning and promoting a health-centered, family-friendly, school or child care center sponsored event, and includes specific instructions detailing both nutrition and fitness activities.


Rainy Day Physical Activity Ideas (PDF | 200 KB)

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Child care providers can use these ideas to help children in their care to be physically active indoors. From the Caregivers Promoting Health Habits program.


Wellness in Alaska Child Care Wellness in Alaska Child Care: Best Practices (November 2012)

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

Best practices for healthy eating and physical activity in the child care setting.


Food Safety Checklist (PDF | 104 KB)

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Child care providers can complete this daily checklist to monitor food safety and sanitation practices. From the Caregivers Promoting Health Habits program.


CACFP Adult Day Care Center Brochure (PDF | 802 KB)

Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

How can your center participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for eligible adult participants?


CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals Brochure (PDF | 1.42 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

Serve healthy meals to children in your afterschool program


CACFP Child Care Center Brochure (PDF | 671 KB)

Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

How can your center participate in CACFP?


Move for Thought PK-K (May 2015)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Move for Thought is a resource to increase physical activity opportunities for Pre-K and Kindergarten. The strategies can be used to meet physical activity needs, improve physical literacy and fundamental gross motor skills, and develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Resource includes 57 activities, 11 songs, and training presentation and materials.


Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual (2011) (PDF | 25.70 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education.

Eight child care lessons that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity.


The First Years in the First State Toolkit: Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Quality in Delaware Child Care

Nemours Health and Prevention Services (NHPS) for the Delaware Department of Education.

A guide for child care providers to meet Delaware nutrition and physical activity requirements. Includes 16 weeks of approved menu cycles and recipes, shopping lists and tips, age-appropriate physical activities, and ideas for engaging children, staff, parents and the community.

The toolkit includes:

          • Delaware licensing rules for nutrition, physical activity and screen time in child care;
          • Self-assessments for child care homes and centers;
          • 16 weeks of approved menu cycles and recipes;
          • Shopping lists and budget-saving shopping tips;
          • Ideas for engaging children, staff, parents and the community;
          • Age-appropriate physical activities and ways to include physical activity in lesson plans;
          • Tips and tools for reading nutrition labels, motivating picky eaters, storing food safely and modeling healthy habits; and
          • Lists of books, websites and local resources.

Administrators' Guide
Instructors' Guide
Menu Planning Guide
Partnering With Families
Shopping Cheat Sheet Handout


Residential Child Care Food Safety Curriculum

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension.

Online toolkit of child care food safety basics includes presentations, training manuals, booklet, video, and a food safety plan template.


CACFP Family Day Care Home Providers Brochure (PDF | 258 KB)

Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

How can you, as a family day care home provider, participate in CACFP?


Child and Adult Care Food Program Promising Practices (2009) (PDF | 2.36 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education.

CACFP providers in Maryland conducted assessments of the current nutrition and physical activity practices in their centers. Mini grant proposals were written based on knowledge gained from the training and needs identified in the assessment results. This document provides highlights from the mini grant activities.


Snacks from A to Z (March 2014)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

A handout for child care centers, home childcares, and preschools that lists snack ideas according to letter.


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