Do you need inspiration to come up with great breakfast ideas for your new childcare menu? Here are a few that might spark some ideas and make your meal planning easier for the CACFP meal requirements.
Meal planning is an important part of running a home daycare. It takes up a fair amount of time, but once you have it done, it makes the days easier.
Daycare breakfast ideas
Breakfast menus for childcare programs on the CACFP should include:
Vegetables and/or Fruit
As of October 2017, we are able to serve a meat or meat alternate in place of the grain up to three days per week so this increases our breakfast ideas for childcare.
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CACFP Breakfast Ideas for Childcare
Here are the meal pattern requirements and serving sizes.
Daycare menus breakfast lunch and snack ideas
CACFP Meal Pattern Meat/meat alternate
Milk, sausage patty and apples
Milk, sausage patty and peaches
Milk, sausage patty and cucumber slices
Milk, cottage cheese and pears
Milk, cottage cheese and fruit cocktail
Milk, scrambled eggs and tomatoes
Milk, scrambled eggs and spinach
Milk, fried eggs and grapes
Milk, boiled eggs and cherries
Milk, yogurt and berries
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Whole grain breakfast ideas
For ideas to meet the whole grain requirement, check this out. There’s even a free printable shopping/menu planning list by name brand for items that are creditable.
(Serving a whole-grain cereal for breakfast will cover your whole-grain requirement for the day)
Daycare menu ideas-grain
Milk, cereal and carrot sticks
Milk, cereal and peaches
Milk, cereal and pears
(Some approved cereals include: Best choice: Bran Flakes, Corn Crisps, Happy O’s, Nutty Nuggets, Rice Crisps and Wheat Crisps, Great Value: Bran Flakes, Corn Flakes, Crunchy Oat Squares, Shredded Wheat, Toasted Corn, Toasted Rice, Toasted Wheat and Toasted Whole Grain Oats, Plain Mini Wheats, Plain Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios, Complete All-Bran, Fiber One, Shredded Wheat, Grape Nuts, Grape Nuts Flakes, Alpha Bits, Whole Grain Kix, Total, Plain Life, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Wheaties)
(Serving whole grain hot cereals will cover your whole grain requirement for the day)
Milk, oatmeal and raisins
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Milk, cream of wheat and carrot sticks
Milk, cooked brown rice and berries
Milk, whole wheat biscuits and apples
Milk, whole wheat toast and peaches
Milk, whole wheat bagels and oranges
Milk, whole wheat English muffins and grapefruit
Milk, whole wheat pancakes and cherry tomatoes
Milk, whole wheat croissants and carrot sticks
Milk, whole wheat waffle and pineapple
Milk, whole wheat muffins and watermelon
Milk, whole wheat banana bread and kiwi
Childcare menu ideas
For tons more help planning your menus, check this guide out. Or for meal planning templates, check these out. You can see these are not the only meals you can serve, but they might get you thinking of all the things you can make for your kids to eat in childcare. Click here to check out how to navigate the new CACFP requirements for childcare meals.
I hope you find lots of inspiration for your daycare menus breakfast, lunch, and snack and it helps make your job easier. Thanks for reading!
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