1.1 Course Overview


Course title:

Navigating Special Dietary Needs While Maintaining CACFP Meal Patterns Compliance

Course ID:



1 hour

Course description:

In this course we’re going to discuss what is required of Child and Adult Care Food Program–or CACFP–operators when serving participants with disabilities that affect the diet.

We will also cover how the meal pattern requirements that were established by the United Statement Department of Agriculture, or USDA, are affected when accommodating disabilities


This course is self-paced, not instructor led.


Access to the Internet and a valid email address.


This course requires no face-to-face classroom instruction. It will be available via the course web site. You will complete the course whenever it is most convenient for you. You may work on the course at any time of the day or night on any day of the week. This course is estimated to take 1 hour or less to complete. The course web site will track the completion of each lesson and assignment. You will be able to exit the course without completing it and pick up where you left off at any time.

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize the laws that dictate your responsibility as a CACFP sponsor to accommodate people with disabilities who participate in your program
  • Understand how to accommodate disabilities in the CACFP
  • Understand how to accommodate non-disability special dietary needs

Means of developing competencies:

  • Online presentations with voice narration and interactivity
  • Online resources available through internet links
  • Quiz

Course completion requirements:

In order to complete this course successfully, you must complete all of the course assignments and pass the quiz.


Click the image below to open the workbook. You may view the workbook online or if possible, we recommend that you print the workbook and use it to take notes with a pen or pencil during the lesson presentation. The workbook has a button called Request Edit Access that you should ignore, as that button is just for administrators.