Head Start programs provide nutritious meals to children in their care. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) aims to improve the quality of these meals and make them more affordable. Under the CACFP nutrition standards, meals and snacks should include a great variety of vegetables and fruits, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. The standards also encourage breastfeeding and better align with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Review these video clips to learn how to implement CACFP, including information about meal patterns, accommodations, how reimbursements are calculated, and creating positive food and eating environments.
Explore guiding questions and tips for developing an approach to fully implement the CACFP meal patterns. This resource also identifies the Head Start Performance Standards that support CACFP meal pattern requirements.
Explore this page to find resources to strengthen local, state, and regional coordination across nutrition programs.
Family style dining in early childhood programs means children and teachers sitting together at a table for a meal or snack. The CACFP recognizes family style dining as a meal service option.
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National Centers: Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety
Last Updated: June 15, 2023