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Nutrition and Menu Planning
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- Feeding Infants
- Feeding Children
- Farm to Preschool
- Special Dietary Needs
- Nutrition Education
- Preschool Lesson Plans
Infant Meal Pattern Requirements and Guidance
- Meal Pattern (text version) - English | Spanish | Haitian
- USDA Feeding Infants Guide
- USDA Feeding Infants Trainer's Tools
- Feeding Infant Workbook
- Creditable Infant Formulas
Infant Feeding Forms
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
- Is Your Facility Breastfeeding Friendly? Application - English | Spanish
Parent Education Materials
- Benefits of Breastfeeding - English
- Benefits of Breastfeeding - Spanish
- Breastfeeding and Work: A Guide for Working Mothers
- Caution: No-cereal Zone
- Feeding Tips - Hungry or Full?
- Feeding Your Baby in the First Year
- Infant Hunger Cues
- Information for breastfeeding families - I wish someone had told me...
- You Can Work and Breastfeed!
Child Meal Pattern Requirements and Guidance
- Meal Pattern(text version) - English | Spanish | Haitian
- USDA Meal Pattern Tools
- Mealtimes with Toddlers Resources
Creditable Foods and Food Purchasing
- Milk Substitutions & Creditable Milks
- CACFP.org Milk Fact Sheet - English| Spanish
- The ABC’s of Child Nutrition (CN) Labels online module
- USDA Crediting Handbook
- Calculator for Child Nutrition (CN) Labels and Product Formulation Statements
- CN Label Information - Crediting Commercial Combination Food Products - English | Spanish
- Crediting Combination Foods
- Exhibit A - Grains/Breads Requirement for Child Care Food Program - English
- Identifying Whole Grain-Rich Foods For the CACFP | Food and Nutrition (usda.gov)
- Identifying Whole Grain-Rich (CACFP.org)
- Using Ounce Equivalents for Grains Fact Sheet
- USDA Grains Ounce Equivalents Resources
- WIC Cereal List
- Food Buying Guide
- Milk Usage Calculator
Menu Planning Tools
- Introducing New Foods to Young Children in the Child Care Setting
- Menu Planning and Record Book for Day Care Homes - "Blue Book"
- Menu Planning Worksheets for Children - 5 day | 7 day
- Menu Review Checklist - English | Spanish
- Sample Menus for Child Care
- Tips for Feeding a Vegetarian on the CCFP
- Cereal fact sheet - English | Spanish
- Yogurt fact sheet - English | Spanish
- USDA Meal Pattern Fact Sheets
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.
Florida 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.
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
- Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs
- Food Allergy Fact Sheets
- Medical Statement for Children with Disabilities and Special Dietary Conditions - English | Spanish | Creole-Haitian
- Milk Substitutes & Creditable Milks
- Special Needs Meals in the CCFP English | Spanish | Creole-Haitian
- Tips for Feeding a Vegetarian on the Child Care Food Program
- A Dozen Ways to Be Healthy: Preschool Lesson Plans for the Child Care Food Program
- Nutrition Education Resources for Preschool
- Child Care Provider’s Role in Preventing Childhood Obesity
- Healthy Kids, Healthy Future
- USDA Team Nutrition Resources | Order Form
- The Institute of Child Nutrition
- Living Healthy in Florida
- Health and Nutrition Information for Preschoolers
- Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025
Fact Sheets for Parents
- Introduction to A Dozen Ways to Be Healthy
- Lesson 1: Choose MyPlate
- Lesson 2: Heart Healthy
- Lesson 3: The Whole Grain Choo-Choo Train
- Lesson 4: I Have a Healthy Body
- Lesson 5: A is for Apple
- Lesson 6: Moove to Lowfat Dairy
- Lesson 7: Let's Take a Trip to the Grocery Store
- Lesson 8: Snacking Smart, Moving More!
- Lesson 9: It's Fun to Eat Fruits and Veggies
- Lesson 10: Healthy Smiles
- Lesson 11: Be Wise About Your Portion Size
- Lesson 12: Why We Wash Our Hands