James Hanold, our director of menu development and training, has been hard at work creating 10 new USDA-compliant menu weeks for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) childcare centers. These menus, for children ages 3-5, offer the same entree as our standard K-8 menus with modifications in the side dishes and portion sizes. These menus also provide flexibility for you to choose the vegetables and fruits you offer each day. Simply provide a 1/4 c. serving of any vegetable and a 1/4 c. serving of fruit each day. We recommend rotating the fruits and vegetables daily to help keep kids interested in their meals and to expose them to a variety of flavors and nutrients.
It's important to note that these menus are for preK children only. According to the updated CACFP meal pattern (October 1, 2017), the portion sizes for vegetables are different for children ages 6 and older.