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Support Services for Providers

Newsletter: Providers receive a monthly newsletter with USDA updates, nutritional information, recipes for children, workshop notices, seasonal and holiday activities.

Home Visit Packets: Three times a year providers receive a packet of information containing themed children's activities, stickers, food preparation tips, and letters to parents.

Provider Handbook: Providers receive a copy of the USDA nutritional guidelines, an easy to use reference guide, and many menus, recipes, and meal planning tools.

SENDCAA Seminars and Workshops: Providers can attend various sessions with topics from professional speakers on nutrition and child development that are free of charge. These hours are also applicable toward licensing.

Cycle Menus, Recipes, and Menu Planning Tips

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
    Meal planning guide for the CACFP, including information on the meal pattern, choking hazards and allergies, 16 weeks of menus, 120 CACFP-reimbursable recipes with nutritional information, and 8 shopping lists of items needed for every two-week menu cycle.

  • National Food Service Management Institute
    Published six times per year and includes a wide variety of topics related to child care. Menus, recipes, and activities are often featured.

  • USDA
    This site helps you create your own plan for a healthy, active life.

  • Collaboration of USDA, FNS, and Team Nutrition
    Recipes feature dark green and orange vegetables, dry beans and peas, and whole grains, and are low in total fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

  • Food and Nutrition Service
    Provides resources for child nutrition programs.

  • Shaping the First Five Years with Active Play and Healthy Eating. -Lakes & Prairies Child Care Aware