Sponsor saved in one year using our software
Healthy meals served
Childcare homes & centers served
Our software is always up-to-date with ever-changing national and state policies.
We follow all USDA and all state regulations for CACFP.
Run over 200 edit checks for missing information or compliance problems and see any errors before you submit your claim.
Real-time data is at your fingertips 24-7, so you always know where your food program operation stands.
You have everything you need to ensure compliance and prepare for audits, thanks to 75 reports and customizable export files.
View participant accounts any time, anywhere. Provide technical assistance or catch errors before processing claims or conducting reviews.
Set up standard grain ounce equivalents calculations on your food list—we do the math for you. Worried about brand differences? Participants can override the standard when recording meals.
Make sure your participants are serving the right amounts—and be able to prove it at any time.
Require your participants to record infant menus for each individual infant.
Compare the amount of milk purchased with the amount of milk needed—based on your centers’ menus and meal counts. Our milk audit also looks at attendance and receipts.
* Feature available only for Center Sponsors.
We want to make your experience with Minute Menu a positive one, and have created a training library of videos and user documentation to help you learn. Our training team has expertise in CACFP management and can help you make the most of Minute Menu.
On the Minute Menu training web site you will find:
Self-paced, e-learning classes
Webinar schedules and access to upcoming webinars
Useful help articles
We have a team of professionals who support our customers on the phone and through email. This team includes experts on the food program, child care, software, networking, and more. To contact our Support Team: email or submit a ticket.
Our support team is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm central time.
View up-to-date system requirements
The USDA Food Program requires Sponsors to record and store large amounts of information about child care centers. Sponsors use Minute Menu to manage that information. As a result, a great deal of information about child care centers is transmitted to and from Minute Menu servers.
When you use Minute Menu, you connect to the Minute Menu servers via a secure, authenticated channel using industry standard SSL encryption. This means that this data, when transmitted, can only be understood by its intended recipient – in this case, you and your Minute Menu software. The use of data encryption effectively prevents anyone from examining any personal data while food program claim information is recorded.
Policy on Data Privacy
The data stored in the Minute Menu system is done so under the direct authorization of each client sponsor. Per the agreement centers sign with their sponsors in order to participate in the food program, and per the agreement the sponsor has with the state CACFP agency, this information must be made available to state agency and federal USDA officials any time they request it. Likewise, if a sponsor requests (in writing) that we share any of this information with a third party, we are required to do so.
Beyond these situations, it is our policy never to share any of the personal information with any third party. We may share aggregated information (as an example: “in October, 10,000 centers used Minute Menu”), but never any specific information on any individual center or sponsor that uses Minute Menu.
While a great deal of information about child care centers is publicly available from a number of sources, including state child care licensing agencies, you can rest assured that Minute Menu is not a source where personal information can be obtained.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You can create individual invoices that are emailed to parents and you also have the option to make invoices recurring. If you sign up for ePay, the parents will be able to make payments online.
Yes, subscribers to the Accounting feature will have the option to use ePay. ePay is an optional product that may require a separate fee.
You can quickly and easily enter expenses, mileage, hours and care so that you can claim them as business expenses. The program can also calculate the time/space % for your home, so that you can claim the parts of your home that you use for your business (play area, office area, kitchen, etc.) on your taxes.
KidKare will help you with documenting important information related to your tax claim, store this data for you for years to come, allow you to print important tax documents, and make it easy to stay current and organized throughout the year!
We offer a free 30 day trial of the Accounting features. After that we will begin charging $99 + tax per year.
No need to download anything new to use KidKare — just open any browser from any device with an internet connection, and navigate to the KidKare App to login. This works on desktop computers, mobile phones, and tablets.
KidKare help and support provide you with access to free training webinars, recorded videos, and useful help articles.
Yes. The enrollment, re-enrollment, and tracking features in Minute Menu increase the accuracy of your participation records. Do you want to learn more about Minute Menu Software? Request a demo today!
Yes. The milk audit in Minute Menu is used to compare the amount of milk purchased with the amount of milk that was needed based on menus and meal counts. Learn more about our milk audit report.
Yes. Minute Menu can help you manage summer feeding and at-risk tracking! This feature aligns with USDA Summer Food Service Program guidelines, and is great for centers whose population changes during the summer months.
Yes, the monthly charge per center is based on claim volume submitted through our software. Typically, centers average $29-$59/month.
Yes, they can! Your providers can use any device and any browser to record and submit their claims online using KidKare. Learn more about how to submit a claim.
Yes. Our database is filled with thousands of food items to choose from when creating your food lists for your providers. You can choose to limit quantities of certain items, or keep them off your list completely. Minute Menu is already set up to follow the food rules for the USDA CACFP meal pattern requirements, but you can also set up your own food rules for your providers.
No. KidKare is offered completely free of charge for your providers with the purchase of a Minute Menu plan. To learn more request a demo!
Yes, monitors can use our online review feature for conducting provider reviews that integrate seamlessly into your Minute Menu software. For more info please visit our help page.
Yes, those that are hands-on with Minute Menu will require training. With most of our plans, we provide extensive implementation training and a one free hour of support per month. Our support site is filled with help articles, videos, and webinars to provide your support staff with continuous support.
Administrators can determine and manage approved vendors inside Minute Menu. This can be managed to only allow centers to enter receipts associated with approved vendors. Request a demo to learn more about Minute Menu.
Yes, you can! Minute Menu has a database of over 3,000 food items including items from the food buying guide to choose from when planning meals and menus. With Minute Menu you can plan meals, publish weekly or monthly menus, project food quantities and more. To learn more about our Minute Menu product, request a demo today!
Click on your state in the map below to learn more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in your state.
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”
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!
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