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We make CACFP compliance easy.

For 30 years, KidKare has provided innovative Food Program software solutions to childcare providers and sponsors.

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Our Solutions

Select your business, and find the perfect KidKare solution and features.


For CACFP Sponsor of
homes or Centers​

Single Location

For CACFP centers that submit
claims directly to their state.


For home Childcare Provider
(whether they participate in CACFP or not)


For CACFP Sponsor with a single
location or multiple locations


Solution for

KidKare Simplifies Compliance for Food Program Management

Today, KidKare is trusted by 75,000 + sponsors, owners, directors, sites, and providers.

Solution for State Agencies

For States

Get Access to Participant’s records. Eliminate Fraud. Save time & resources with KidKare.

KidKare supports real-time communication between program participants and state staff. It unifies efforts to ensure healthy meals and reduces costs for the taxpayer.
Our software is always up-to-date
with the latest national and state policies.

Solution for Sponsors of Centers & Homes

For Sponsors

Connect your CACFP sponsor organization with your participants with electronic recordkeeping.

Whether you’re a home or center sponsor, we’ve designed a comprehensive CACFP sponsor software to help you improve your bottom line and grow your sponsorship.
Level up your CACFP reimbursement.

Solution for Single Location Centers

Food Program

Say ‘Goodbye’ to piles of CACFP Paperwork.​

Eliminate stress, maximize Food Program reimbursement, and automate your claims calculation process with KidKare Food Program Software.​
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Solution for Home Childcare Providers


#1 Accounting Solution for Childcare

KidKare Accounting is an all-in-one solution that helps you run your childcare business - from paperless billing and accepting payments from parents to generating various reports for tax purposes.
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Our top features

Meal Counts & Attendance

KidKare enables quick & accurate meal count & attendance recording.

Claim Calculation

Save time & energy by automating claim calculation process.

Menu Production Records

Plan menus, estimate attendance, & print production records all from one page.

Milk Audit

View the Milk Audit and plan for possible shortages.

Observer Mode

Get instant participant records to pre-audit & save time on-site.

Standardized Record Keeping

KidKare simplifies recordkeeping & reporting, meeting federal & state compliance standards.

Claim Upload

Sponsors and centers can export and upload claim data to state systems.


Start accepting payments online from parents that received your invoice.

What is the
Food Program?

The Food Program or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is supported by the USDA and provides reimbursement for meals and snacks to eligible organizations that serve eligible children and adults.

Every day, the CACFP provides nourishing food to more than 4 million kids and nearly 140 thousand adults.

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Set Up Your Account

Install Minute Menu CX

Install Minute Menu CX

Follow the instructions below to download and install Minute Menu CX. You can install Minute Menu CX on as

many computers you need. The same link provided in this article can also be used by centers to install their

version of the software. For system requirements, see System Requirements.

1. Click here to download Minute Menu CX.

2. Depending on your browser settings, the file downloads automatically, or you are prompted to save or run it.

  • If it downloads automatically, open the file when it finishes downloading to begin the installation process.


  • If prompted, click Run. Depending on your browser, this option may be Open, or you may need to check the Run From Its Current Location box and click OK. Once the download finishes, you may be prompted to run it again.

3. The installation wizard opens. Click Next and follow the on-screen prompts to complete installation. We strongly recommend that you install Minute Menu CX in the default location and that you do not change any of the options during installation.

4. Once the installation process is complete, click Finish. Minute Menu CX opens automatically, and you are prompted for your password.

5. Enter your user name and password. You should have received this information from Minute Menu or (centers) from your food program sponsor’s main office.

6. Click Login.

To access Minute Menu CX in the future, double-click  on your desktop. You are prompted for login information each time, unless you check the Remember Login and Password box when logging in.

Check Your Currently Installed Software Version

To see which version of Minute Menu CX is installed on your machine:

1. Open Minute Menu CX.

2. Click the Help menu and select About Minute Menu CX. The About Minute Menu CX dialog box opens. The version number displays at the top.

Upgrade Minute Menu CX

To upgrade Minute Menu CX:

1. Open Minute Menu CX.

2. Click the Administration menu and select Upgrade Software. The installation wizard opens.

3. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the upgrade.  Note that you must upgrade CX on each individual machine on which it is installed.


Submit Claim Data to Sponsor


Substitute Milk & Child Milk Allergies

Milk Audit

Purchases and Write Offs

Milk Audit Reports


Adding Vendors

Quick Entry Receipt

Itemized Receipts

Record Attendance & Meal Counts

Daily Menu

Menu Production Records

Menu Templates

Grain Ounce Equivalents

Menu Calendar

Creating Infant Menus

Mark Infants as Fed

Record Attendance & Meal Counts

Meals & Attendance

Mark Infants as Fed

Detailed Meals & Attendance

Estimating Attendance

Enroll & Manage Children

Enroll a New Participant

Edit Child Information

Set Up Accounts

Site Details and Settings for Sponsored Centers

Creating Roles and Permissions

Creating Center Staff Logins

Staff Login


Infant Feeding Report

Milk Audit Report

Claim Manual Report


Substitute Milk and Child Milk Allergies

Milk Audit

Purchase & Write Offs


Welcome Letter to Sites

Enroll Sites

Add a Center


Adding Vendors

Quick Entry Receipt

Itemized Receipts

Plan & Record Menus​

Daily Menu

Menu Production Records

Menu Templates

Menu Calendar

Grain Ounce Equivalents

Creating Infant Menus

Record Attendance & Meal Counts

Basics Meal & Attendance

Detailed Meal & Attendance

Estimating Attendance

Enroll & Manage Children​

Enroll Participant

Edit Child Information

Set Up Your Site

KidKare introduction tour.

Staff login for the first time.

How to access your account

You can access your account by following the steps below:

1. Go to the KidKare website by clicking the link below 

2. Click on “I need a new Password” in the bottom right as shown in the image below.

3. Enter your email address into the email field and then click on “Send Me” 

  • Note: The email address will be the one the state has provided us. Please use the email address on record with your state. If you no longer have access to this email address please email 

 4. This should send an email to the email address entered from KidKare Enrollment Portal with a link to reset your password. Click on the blue link 

5. Enter your new password into the fields below and click “Go” 

6. Now you can go back to the login page and login with your email as the username and your new password! 

Discover KidKare

Be able to schedule your demo with our team by filling out the form.

Tax Tips in just a few clicks

Get access to our KidKare Accounting video tutorials by filling out the form.

Set Up Your Account

Update Sponsor Info

Record Attendance & Meal Counts

Record Attendance and Meal Counts

Estimate Attendance


SFSP Admin Reports (Non-menu)

SFSP Sponsor Menu Reports

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KidKare Accounting is an all-in-one solution designed specifically for childcare providers, whether they participate in CACFP or not.

Start your free trial today by filling out the form below.

KidKare for Sites

Marking Meals & Attendance

Sponsor Attendance/Bulk Entry

Submit Claims to Sponsor

Menu Production Record

Satellite Form

SFSP Site Users and Permissions

KidKare for Admin Overview


Track Received Claims

Mark Centers Claim for Processing

Submit Claim to State

Advance Claim Month

State Claims List

Balance State Funds


Enter Receipts

Disbursement Journal & Status Report

Set Up Your Account

Create Master Menu

Copy & Paste Menus

Assign Menus to Locations

Setup Vendor with Menu Access

Set Up Your Account

Install Minute Menu CX
(Google Chrome)

Install Minute Menu CX

Manage Sponsor Information

Enroll Sites

Create Staff Logins

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We understand that navigating the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can be confusing and stressful. That's why we created our KidKare Newsletter.

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Roster Upload Explanation


Roster Upload Explanation

KidKare For Sponsors

Our CACFP sponsor software ensures compliance and maximizes CACFP reimbursements for your Sponsor organization and participants (sites and providers).


Create and Manage Menu Templates

How to Build a Master Menu

Watch our KidKare Food Program Software Demo

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Buy Now KidKare Food Program for Your Center

Ideal for single-location childcare centers participating in CACFP that submit their claims directly to their state.

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KidKare Food Program software is ideal for single-location childcare centers participating in CACFP that submit their claims directly to their state.


List Claims & Track Received Claims

Submitting or Retrieving Claims from Sites

Submit Claims to State


Review OER for Sponsors

Reports in CX


Vendors & Receipts



School Calendar

Tools Menu


Milk Audit

Observer & Monitoring​

Monitoring Reviews

Observer Mode

Manage Children

Activate Children

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