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Nutrition and Menu Planning

Contact the Child Care Food Program

  •  850-245-4323
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    Fax

    850-414-1622
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    Mailing Address

    Bureau of Child Care Food Programs  

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-17 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Foxit Reader may be required to view these files.

  • Feeding Infants
  • Feeding Children
  • Farm to Preschool
  • Special Dietary Needs
  • Nutrition Education

Infant Meal Pattern Requirements and Guidance

Infant Feeding Forms

Creditable Foods

Menu Planning Tools

Breastfeeding Support - Is Your Facility Breastfeeding Friendly?

Breastfed babies and their moms who breastfeed them experience lasting health benefits. Providing a breastfeeding friendly atmosphere at your child care center or home can encourage moms to continue breastfeeding after returning to work or school. Complete the child care facility self-assessment to find out if your child care facility qualifies. If your facility meets all six standards and has a breastfeeding policy, you may qualify to receive the Florida CCFP Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Facility designation.

  • Creating a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Facility Training Module - English | Spanish
  • Is Your Facility Breastfeeding Friendly? Application - English | Spanish

Parent Education Materials

Farm to Preschool (F2PS) encompasses efforts to serve local or regionally produced foods in early child care and education settings; provide hands-on learning activities such as gardening, farm visits, and culinary activities; and integrate food-related education into the curriculum.

Getting Started - Florida Farm to Preschool Guide

USDA FNS Resources

National Farm to School Network Resources


 Boy playing with fruit and veggiesFlorida Farm to Preschool for Early Care and Education Providers
Created by the Florida Departments of Health, Children and Families, and Agriculture and Consumer Services, this guide brings the farm to preschool with quick tips on outside play, school gardens and locally-produced foods.

 

 

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What are the benefits of joining the F2PS movement?

  • Young children learn where their food comes from
  • Increases children’s willingness to try new foods
  • Encourages lifelong healthy eating habits
  • Promotes physical activity through gardening activities
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes it as an opportunity to increase access to healthy environments for improved early eating habits and obesity prevention