Menu Planning


Carefully planned menus help child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program meet several program requirements.


  • Insure that meals meet the CACFP meal pattern requirements.
  • Keep records of food served.

 Planning menus in advance helps you serve meals that are nutritious and appealing to the children in your care.



  Once you know what you plan to serve in the coming week, you can plan your grocery shopping and food purchasing. 

  • Take advantage of purchasing regularly served items, or common items in several of the recipes, in bulk.
  • No more last minute dashes to the grocery store.
  • Take advantage of fresh foods that are in season.
  • Save time and money.

CARE Connection: Menu Planning for Child Care resources

Menu Template

Menus for Child Care