The information on this page applies to meals served to infants, child care, preschool, and pre-kindergarten students participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). For information about infants, child care, preschool, and pre-kindergarten students participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), visit the Community Nutrition Team’s CACFP webpage.
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Infants and Preschool in NSLP and SBP
Beginning on October 1, 2017, the updated Infant and Preschool meal pattern also known as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern replaces other meal pattern options for SFAs serving infants and/or children aged 1-5 years old and not yet in kindergarten. The Infant and Preschool meal pattern requirements were updated to better align them with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Meals served under the new Infant and Preschool nutrition standards include a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, more whole grains, and less added sugar. The resources and guidance on this webpage will assist SFAs in implementing the updated Infant and Preschool meal pattern. Some materials on this webpage may reference the CACFP. Please note the Infant and Preschool meal pattern for schools is the same as the CACFP meal pattern.
For specific questions regarding the Infant and Preschool meal pattern in schools, please contact one of the Infant and Preschool Specialists below.