CACFP Meal Pattern update.
June Rules


The Colorado Child and Adult Care Food Program is pleased to announce the release of the new USDA meal patterns on April 22, 2016. You will be required to implement all of the updated meal pattern requirements by October 1, 2017.

We’ve been working hard over the past several months to release email communications regarding the updated meal pattern requirements. If you have missed any of these email communications they can be found at the following link:
Required Meal Pattern Trainings:
Each institution must have at least one person trained by the Colorado CACFP office on the new meal pattern changes. After completing the training provided by the state, this person can train other key staff members employed by the institution on the new meal pattern changes. The director and cooks are strongly encouraged to participate in the trainings. 
We hosted a series of live webinars the week of May 22, 2017. If you were unable attend some or all of the live webinars you are able to access the recorded webinars on CO.TRAIN.ORG. Additionally, we re-recorded the #1 CACFP Meal Pattern-Child and Adult Nutrition Changes to simplify the whole grain-rich requirement.
There are two types of training to choose from: 
  1. In-person state training: Beginning June 2017 the in-person CACFP Institution and Site Staff training can be counted as the required meal pattern training. To register for one of the in-person trainings use the link below.
  1. Webinar trainings available on CO.TRAIN.ORG. If you choose to attend the webinars, you will need to complete the following:
CO Train Name Course Number
  #1 CACFP Meal Pattern-Child and Adult Nutrition Changes    1071093
  #2 CACFP Meal Pattern-Child and Adult Nutrition Changes    1071149
  CACFP Operations and non-nutrition based changes    1071154
  CACFP Infant Meal Patterns* (Only required if you are licensed
  for infant care)

Accessing CO.TRAIN: If you have never used CO.TRAIN.ORG before, you will need to create a user log in. Once you have completed the process you will enter the course number listed above for each respective training topic in the search field found on the top right hand side of the screen.

Once you enter the course number you will select Registration, the third tab at the top under the webinar title. Once you have registered for the course you will receive an email with the PowerPoint and related handouts for the training. Be sure to check your email before you launch the training if you would like reference these materials throughout the webinar.

From here you select CEU/CE for the credit type, next enter in your name, institution name, phone number, and email in the box, and then click the Launch button and the webinar will begin.

Completing the post-assessment
Once you finish watching the webinar you will return to the CO.TRAIN.ORG webpage and you will be directed to course detail page.

You will need to select Assessment in order to complete the post-assessment quiz in order to receive your training certificate.

A certificate will be automatically generated for you to print once you have completed the assessment. You will access those from the home page under the My Certificates tab. Select the printer button or you will redirected to the webinar. The print button will generate your certificate to be printed or saved as a pdf. 

Adopting the Infant Meal Pattern
In order to adopt the infant meal pattern you must fully adopt all of the meal pattern requirements. Please read below to learn how to fully adopt the meal pattern changes before the October 1, 2017 implementation date. Once you have been approved to fully adopt the new meal patterns we will send you the updated infant forms.
Early Adoption of the New Meal Patterns
You now have the option to fully adopt and implement all of the meal patterns changes before the October 1, 2017 implementation date. Please remember this is an option and not a requirement. If you would like to adopt the entire meal pattern early you need to receive approval from our office. In order to receive approval you need to complete a few simple steps.
  1. Complete meal pattern trainings by our office. The trainings include completing one of the following:
    • Webinar training available on CO.TRAIN.ORG
    • In-person state training 
    • *For the webinars you will need to complete the following:
      1. #1 CACFP Meal Pattern-Child and Adult Nutrition Changes.
      2. #2 CACFP Meal Pattern-Child and Adult nutrition Changes.
      3. CACFP Operations and non-nutrition based changes.
      4. CACFP Infant Meal Patterns (Only required if you are licensed for infant care).
  1. Complete the CACFP Updated Meal Pattern Early Adoption Request form.
  1. Send in the following documents to your nutrition consultant or to our office.
    • Meal Pattern Training certificates (from step 1).
    • The completed CACFP Updated Meal Pattern Early Adoption Request form.
    • Forms can be emailed to, faxed to 303-756-9926, or mailed to 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South A-4 Denver, CO 80246.
Next Steps for Early Adoption Request:
  1. Our office will review the documents submitted. If we need more information or clarification we will contact you.
  2. You will receive email notification when your early adoption request has been approved. 
Please contact our office if you need additional information or assistance, at 303-692-2330.

Got Questions?

Email your questions to us. We created a special email box just for meal pattern questions.

To help our office respond to questions more efficiently, please include the name of your institution in the subject line and the topic of your question.  

                              Example:  XYZ Daycare - Fruit juice for infants

More information on meal patterns is located on the CACFP website too!

Contact information for CACFP

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

P   303-692-2330      F   303-756-9926  
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