The size and number of servings reflect consideration of individual children’s needs.

Procedure for Children Ages 1-5

  1. Sufficient food is available for each child to meet Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines. Second helpings are provided.
  2. An amount beyond the minimum required to meet Child Care Food Program requirements is prepared to allow for seconds for children in classroom.
  3. The number of adults allowed for meals (two teachers, two parents) should be recorded separately.
  4. Family style meals are served.

Procedure for Children Ages 0-1

Infants have unique nutritional and developmental needs, so the CACFP has a separate meal pattern for infants. The USDA defines “infant” for purposes of the CACFP as infants from birth through 11 months of age. Infant feeding requirements apply to  participants through infants 11th month of age.

  1. Infant Meal Pattern – The specific amunt and type of reimbursable meals changes as infants get older. Infants are grouped into three age categories for infant meal pattern purposes:
    1. Birth through three months
    2. Four months through seven months
    3. Eight months through 11 months

This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45CFR Section 1304.23.
Updated July 2004. June 2010
It was approved by Policy Council on October 14, 1997.

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