CACFP Breakfast Ideas for Childcare

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

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 new CACFP meal requirements in October 2017.

Click here to see the new regulations.

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.

CACFP Breakfast Ideas for Childcare

Here are the meal pattern requirements and serving sizes.

The New CACFP Meal Requirements for Childcare Made Simple, snack ideas, lunch ideas, breakfast ideas

Daycare menus breakfast lunch and snack ideas

Click here for CACFP creditable snack ideas and here for lunch 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, that 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

(Click here to see how to make your own flavored oatmeal to save you money)

child eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast at the table wearing a cowboy hat

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

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! 

For more tips for daycare providers, click here. 

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CACFP Breakfast Ideas for Childcare



  1. Mea says:

    This was really useful information! Thanks for taking the time to use your knowledge! You guys are appreciated!
    One qui9ck thing: You aren’t able to serve sugared cereals unless they’re specifically recorded?

    • Christina says:

      For the food program, it has to be under a certain amount of sugar per serving. There is a formula you can use to find out if it qualifies. You don’t have to record it, but you can’t claim it if it’s over that amount. 21.2 grams our less per 100 grams of cereal. Thanks for reading!

  2. Yavonna says:

    Some good ideas

  3. Tamra says:

    You would think Honey Nut Cheerios would be ok if you can have Kix Honey

  4. Faye says:

    Thanks for the information and ideas!!

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