Child Care Providers

Pass the Peaches, Please: Creating Positive and Pleasant Mealtimes in Early Childhood Programs

Montana Team Nutrition.

This training addresses a variety of mealtime scenarios and tips for making mealtimes with children pleasant and enjoyable for both children and adults.


Wellness in Alaska Child Care: Best Practices (PDF | 10.6 MB)

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

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


CACFP Menu Planning Guide (PDF | 1.54 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Meal planning guide for the CACFP, including information on the meal pattern, choking hazards and allergies, 16 weeks of menus, 120 CACFP-reimbursable recipes with nutritional information, and 8 shopping lists of items needed for every two-week menu cycle.


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

Kansas Department of Education.

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


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.


Setting the Stage for Eating Well: The Nutrition Environment (PDF | 1.28 MB)

State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Missouri Team Nutrition.

Presentation introduces preschool teachers and food service staff to the benefits of family-style meals.


Farm to Preschool Brochure (PDF | 1.94 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

This brochure provides an overview of the Farm to Preschool program in Idaho.


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)


Power Panther Professionals

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

8 to 12-week customizable staff wellness program designed for school and child care personnel. Its ultimate goal is to improve employees' health and well-being while empowering them to serve as healthy role models for young people and other adults.


Spend Smart, Eat Smart in Childcare

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The webinar offers many useful ways to save money yet provide healthy meals in the childcare setting.


Child and Adult Care Food Program Promising Practices (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.


Expanding Farm to Childcare Webinar Expanding Farm to Childcare Webinar

Iowa Team Nutrition; Iowa State University Extension.

Covers a wide range of topics related to management of a farm to child care program.


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.


Active Early: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Physical Activity (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).


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.


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 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.


Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies (PDF | 5.65 MB)

Connecticut State Department of Education.

The action guide is intended to help local and community child care, early education and afterschool programs establish and implement policies and practices that encourage healthy lifestyles in children.


Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the CACFP

Connecticut State Department of Education.

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


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.


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.


Iowa CACFP Healthier Menu Toolkit

Iowa Team Nutrition; 2012.

These materials are part of the Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Award in Iowa. Healthier CACFP is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers and homes participating in CACFP.


Flavor Shakers

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson created these low-sodium herb/seasoning mixtures to be utilized in child care and schools to decrease sodium consumption.


Snacks That Count: Recipes for Nutritious Snacks (PDF | 17 MB)

Texas Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Division.

Fun, instructive recipes that satisfy meal component requirements for CACFP. For children under 5.