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.
Infant and Preschool Comparison Chart: This resource explains the differences between claiming infants and preschool children under the NSLP/SBP/ASP versus the CACFP.
Infant and Preschool Meal Pattern
The Infant and Preschool meal pattern also known as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern is required for SFAs serving infants and/or children aged 1-5 years old and not yet in kindergarten. The Infant and Preschool meal pattern requirements better align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Meals served under the 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.
Infant and Preschool Meal Pattern Training
For specific questions regarding the Infant and Preschool meal pattern in schools, please contact one of the Infant and Preschool Specialists below.
Nutrition Program Consultant
Brittany Zerbe, MS, RDN, CD
Public Health Nutritionist