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Prevent Deductions! Serve ONE (1) Whole Grain Each Day

 Starting October 1, 2018, facilities who do NOT have ONE whole grain recorded for the day (on days when a grain was required/served) will be deducted for the lowest paying meal or snack that has a grain on that day. Each time you serve a whole grain make sure to record it to ensure you get credit.

KidKare Update

The above video shows how to deal with the changes to checking in children in KidKare after the latest update.

Day Care Resources will be sending out more information on these changes through the mail.

Mealtime Minutes

A webinar from the USDA on “How to Support Breastfeeding in the CACFP” is on Aug. 16 and “Feeding Infants: Starting With Solids” on Sept. 20.
Find more information about the webinars here

2017 Tax Statements

The 2017 tax statements have been mailed. We are aware of a problem with the tax statements properly displaying the amount of reimbursement for own/foster children and we are working on resolving the issue. If you did not receive yours, please call the office at (309) 925-2274. Thank you!

Updated CCAP Training Requirements

IDHS has issued REVISED Child Care Assistance Program Health, Safety and Child Development Training.
Modules 1 through 4 must be completed by September 30, 2017. Modules 5 through 9 must be completed by September 30, 2018. Click on the link to read the entire training.

New CCAP Requirements

NOTICE:  New CCAP requirements.  If you want to be approved by IDHS to bill for CCAP children, you will have to take required trainings before October 1, 2017.  These trainings must be recorded in Gateways in order for IDHS to confirm your compliance.

To register for training go to
For actual training courses go to
For CCAP training click on the purple "CCAP Provider Required Training" box.

If you have questions you can consult the IDHS website  or call your local resource and referral office.

Who is required to complete the training?
In Illinois, all home-based providers participating in CCAP will have to meet certain minimum training requirements.  For more information you can view the complete announcement from IDHS here:
Licensed Providers Announcement
License Exempt Providers Announcement


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Extended Capacity Change - Own Children

Recently, DCFS issued notification, “When a licensee has been granted the extended school-age capacity addendum in writing, a caregiver’s own full-time school age children may be counted in the additional 4 school-age children provided that when there are more than 8 children in care, a qualified assistant is present in the home”.    

To take advantage of the rule change you must contact DCFS.

We asked about the change and here is what we found out.  DCFS Information Sheet.

Same Great Service in a New Location!

We moved into our new building just in time for the holidays! We are now open and ready to serve YOU, our valued clients! Thank you so much for your patience during our move.

Our new phone number is: (309)-925-2274
Mail your enrollments, menus and paperwork to: PO Box 1103, Tremont IL 61568

Please use up any old envelopes you may have! We will continue to receive mail from both locations during our transition. Thanks for your help!

Low Fat Milk Reminder

 Please make sure you are serving 1% OR skim milk to all children ages 2 and older. If your monitor (DCR, ISBE, or USDA) observes high fat milk being served to ages 2 and older, you may be disallowed. This could affect your reimbursement! This rule began October 1, 2011 as part of the USDA Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (2010). 

low fat milk reminder 11-13.doc: Download

New Tests!

Earn training hours for your day care! New tests include: 

Comida Patrón 2019 (Category: Espa�ol)   *NEW

2019 Meal Pattern for Children (Category: Meal Pattern)   *NEW

test test test (Category: Crediting Foods)   *NEW

Encontrar alientos integrales con la lista de ingredientes (Category: Espa�ol)   *NEW

Finding Whole Grain Foods With the Ingredient List (Category: Nutrition)   *NEW

Recipes for Healthy Kids

The Recipe for Healthy Kids Competition challenged teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents, and other community members to develop tasty, creative, and kid-approved recipes. 30 of the recipes from the competition have been compiled into cookbooks that can be used in homes and day care centers.

If you would like to check out some of the recipes, the website is:


New USDA Ruling

Snack type items (such as cheese puffs, corn curls, veggie stix, veggie straws, and veggie chips) are NOT creditable on the Food Program.

To be creditable as a grain/bread, a product must meet two criteria:
1)      The first ingredient must be enriched or whole grain meal and/or flour AND
2)      The grain/bread must be listed on the ISBE grains/breads requirements chart (found in the ISBE Meal Pattern Chart).
Example: “Sun Chips” are CREDITABLE.
1)      The first ingredient in “Sun Chips” is whole corn.
2)      Corn chips are listed in Group B of the ISBE grains/breads requirements chart.
Example: “Cheetos” are NOT creditable.
1)      The first ingredient is enriched flour.
2)      Cheetos/corn curls are NOT listed on the ISBE grains/breads requirements chart.
Example: “Rold Gold Pretzels” are CREDITABLE.
3)      The first ingredient is enriched flour.
4)      Hard pretzels are listed in Group A on the ISBE grains/breads requirements chart.

Create your menus online with Minute Menu.

  • You can choose to use one of our convenient menu plans, EZ Menus or Master Menus, or create your own scheduled menus.
  • You can even print out a weekly menu to use as a shopping list or to post for day care parents!
  • At the end of the month, send your menu electronically from the comfort of your own home. With less trips to the post office, you’re sure to save money and time.

Visit to learn about this exciting program.

  1. Click on green "Login" box in upper right hand corner.
  2. Type “996000991” for the login and “temporar” for the password, then click Login
  3. When it says All tests passed, click "Click Here to Open WebKids".

Keep in mind this is a sample account for providers across the nation. This account can give you an idea of how WebKids works, but can be busy at times. To get started with Minute Menu, call our office at 1-800-238-0555.

!Ahora se puede hacer los mens por el internet en espanol tambin!

  1. Pruebe el programa Minute Menu hoy: para explorar una muestra del programa, vaya al sitio y haga clic al lado izquierdo donde dice “Proveedoras Actuales, Versión en Español.”
  2. Luego usted puede usar 996000991 para la clave de identificación y temporar para la contraseña.
  3. Para entrar, haga clic en el botón que dice “submit” y luego en el botón que dice “Abrir WebKids”.

Para mas información o para recibir sus propias clave y contraseña y empezar oficialmente, llame a la oficina al 1-800-238-0555.