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Chains & Franchises

KidKare and Minute Menu CX is a robust management system for chains and franchises that provide child care services. Our software helps you manage claim processing, menus, payments, audits, and more.

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Quick Start

Ideal for small agencies and start-ups

$39 per month
$499 Initial license fee
$450 Annual maintenance fee
1 Hour of support per month
Includes implementation training
60-Day free trial


Ideal for 40+ locations

$27 per month
$60,000 Initial license fee
$6,000 Annual maintenance fee
1 Hour of support per month
Includes implementation training
60-Day free trial


We want to make your experience with Minute Menu CX 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 CX.

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
  • CACFP Resources


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.

Our support team is available Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm central time.

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Newer)
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7

Hardware Requirements

  • 40MB Available hard drive space
  • 1024 x 768 Resolution display (standard screen resolution)
  • Minimum 1GB of memory (RAM)
  • 1GHz CPU or faster
  • Printer if you wish to print reports

Software Requirements
In order for some internet-connected features to function you must have one of the above mentioned web browsers installed. In addition, Minute Menu CX generates custom export files directly to Microsoft Excel, so we recommend that sponsors have Microsoft Excel installed in their offices to take advantage of this feature.

Depending upon the operating system, Minute Menu CX requires certain prerequisites (i.e., software that must be installed as part of the operating system). For example, in Windows XP, you must have Service Pack 2 installed. The pre-requisites are checked by Minute Menu CX during installation, and if any pre-requisites are not installed, the Minute Menu CX installation software will direct you to Microsoft’s web site to help you install those pre-requisites. The pre-requisites are all free and provided by Microsoft to anyone who uses Windows.

Minute Menu CX requires the Microsoft .NET 3.5 framework in order to run properly. If your computer does not already have this framework installed, then Minute Menu CX will install it for you during the installation process. The .NET 3.5 framework is also free.

Administrator Rights
Installation of Minute Menu CX requires administrator access to the Windows operating system. Our development team upgrades Minute Menu CX software frequently to enhance features and help the software run more smoothly. While administrator rights are not typically required, in some very rare cases it may be necessary to have administrator rights when these updates are installed.

Data Security

The USDA Food Program requires Sponsors to record and store large amounts of information about child care centers. Sponsors use Minute Menu CX to manage that information. As a result, a great deal of information about child care centers is transmitted to and from Minute Menu CX servers.

Data Encryption
When you use Minute Menu CX, you connect to the Minute Menu CX 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 CX 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 CX 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 CX”), but never any specific information on any individual center or sponsor that uses Minute Menu CX.

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 CX is not a source where personal information can be obtained.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, those that are hands-on with Minute Menu CX 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 CX. This can be managed to only allow centers to enter receipts associated with approved vendors.

Yes, you can! Minute Menu CX 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 CX you can plan meals, publish weekly or monthly menus, project food quantities and more.

The cx2go mobile app provides Centers with access to your Minute Menu CX software on your mobile device. The cx2go mobile app is free and easy to use. With cx2go you can record attendance and meal counts, check children in and out, and syncs automatically with your Minute Menu CX account for immediate reporting purposes.