Fruit for Thought

You have the chance to change the lives of hundreds or even thousands of children in your very own community by encouraging providers to start serving more fruits and vegetables, now. Meal pattern changes are just around the corner, but why wait. Start a campaign for change today!

To see the current status of fruits and vegetables being served at your agency, take a look at the Fruit/Vegetable Analysis report in Minute Menu HX. Does the report display a lot of providers? This report will, by default, list all providers who have claimed fewer than 2 fruits/vegetables in any week at either breakfast or snack.

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Windows XP and HX Support

Beginning in April, 2014 Microsoft will stop providing support for Windows XP, and will stop sending updates to those using the XP operating system. Minute Menu will continue to provide as much support as possible for our clients who run the XP operating system when using Minute Menu software products. If we determine that a problem we are troubleshooting is a direct result of a compatibility issue with Windows XP, and not a software issue within the Minute Menu application, we most likely will not be able to provide a fix for that problem.

Unfortunately we cannot predict what kind of problems our clients might experience when using Minute Menu software products within an unsupported operating system. We can, however, promise to do our best to make your experience with Minute Menu software products as positive and efficient as possible.

For more information from Microsoft about ending support for the XP operating system, please visit the Microsoft website at:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

This link provides information on the reason Microsoft will no longer support XP, what the ending of support means for you, and how to migrate to a newer operating system.

If you have questions regarding Minute Menu software products, please contact our technical support team.

Join the Minute Menu Team at the CCFP Roundtable Conference

Minute Menu is excited to be part of the CCFP Roundtable Conference taking place in Sacramento, California on October 28-30, 2013. We are a conference sponsor and will be offering a number of workshops and training classes. While you can view complete workshop descriptions and details on the CCFP Roundtable web site, here are some highlights:

 

The Child Care Business Partnership: Tom Copeland, Minute Menu and You

It’s official: The ultimate partnership for family child care business management between Tom Copeland and Minute Menu Systems. Tom is the nation’s leading Family Child Care Tax Expert and Minute Menu Kids Pro is the nations’ favorite family child care business management software. Together they have teamed up to help you maximize the time and money you have invested in your family child care business.  What does this mean? When you subscribe to Minute Menu Kids Pro and are using the accounting feature you will now receive access to family child care’s leading tax expert, Tom Copeland for only $15 a year which includes: Read more of this post

Receipts Page – Having Trouble?

If you’re having an issue pulling back or entering in receipts on the receipts web page, please try the following. Keep notes of what you attempt on your own. Please do not hesitate to contact our support department if you continue to have problems. Please contact us by logging into Minute Menu CX and clicking Help >> Contact Minute Menu Technical Support.

Finding Your Windows Version:

First, you will need to check your Windows version by hitting the windows/start key on your keyboard and your pause/break key down together. This will bring up your computer’s system information screen. The Windows edition should be displayed at the top. If you are using Windows XP, then please read instructions below for ‘Windows XP’. If you are running any other Windows version (such as Windows 7, Vista or 8,) please read the section for ‘All Other Windows Versions’ below. Read more of this post

National CACFP Week

This week is National CACFP Week.  No one will dispute that our nation’s children need nutritious food to grow to their healthy, full potential.  This article from Time magazine highlights how difficult this can be in a childcare setting.  All across the country these small businesses are challenged with balancing the need for nutritious food and the need to keep their child care businesses operating in the black.  The CACFP can help them bridge the funding gap, but as this article illustrates, the complexity of the program can be difficult for child care providers to navigate without advocates and mentors to help them along the way.  Our software is one of the ways that participants can help manage the complexities of the CACFP.  But even with good tools in place it is still important for us to advocate for measures that make program participation easier and make the program itself more accessible to those who need it most.

Shortcut for Recording Meal Counts in cx2go

Are you looking to make data entry as quick and easy as possible for your centers?  Here’s an idea:  introduce them to cx2go and show them this quick-tip for data entry!

On the Record Meals screen, the center can record meal counts for multiple children at once, instead of having to select attendance for each individual child.

Here’s how:

  1. Access the Record Meals screen and select a meal.
  2. Click the Edit button at the top right of screen.
  3. Select each child who attended the meal.  Note: To select a large number of children, use the Select All button and then deselect those who did not attend the meal.
  4. Click the Edit Selected Children button at the bottom.
  5. Select the meal serving that is being recorded.
  6. If applicable, use the Sick option to note that school-aged children were in attendance at the center because of an illness.
  7. Use the School-Out option to note that a school-aged child was in attendance at the center because of a school holiday or if school is not in session.
  8. Click the Apply button and all selected options will be added to the selected children.
  9. Always remember to SAVE your work!

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This short-cut can make data entry into cx2go even faster!  For more information about cx2go, click here!

Accessing the App

To log in to cx2go on a laptop or desktop computer, go to cx2go.mobi using either the Google Chrome browser or Safari.   (The app will not work correctly in Internet Explorer.)  To download Google Chrome, go to www.google.com/chrome.

To login or download cx2go to a mobile device, search for “cx2go” (no spaces) in the product application store (the App Store, Google Play, or Marketplace, etc.).

NOTE FOR SPONSOR AND BACK-OFFICE USERS:  The cx2go application is only accessible by CENTER accounts.  Click here if you would like to learn about setting up a test center account to use for training purposes.  Test center accounts can be very useful for internal staff training and for training new centers.  After you have enrolled a test center, you must enroll children in order to view the screens in the app.

Apply for the Champions for Healthy Kids Grant – due by Dec. 3rd

The Champions for Healthy Kids program is awarding 50 grants of $10,000 to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth.  The program awards grants to comunity based groups (health departments, government agencies, schools, etc.)  that develop creative ways to adopt a balanced diet and a physically active lifestyle. 

Here are a few of the main requirements:

1.  The program must be ongoing (not a one-time event).

2. The program must include a physical component (that is measurable).  The physical activity can either be “moderate,” meaning 30 minutes, 5 days/week OR “vigorous” activity, 3 days/week for 20 minutes.

3. A registered dietition (RD) or a dietietic technician (DTR) must either be directly involved or serve as an advisor to the program to ensure that the nutrition information in the program is accurate and scientifically based.

Click here for more information and to apply for the grant.  Click here to view the frequently asked questions page.

Applications are due by Dec. 3rd by 3pm (central time).  Grant recipients will be announced in May 2013.  Funding will be available for recipients in June 2013.

Minute Menu LLC Creates Utility for Procare Software to Integrate Food Program Management Functionality with Child Center Management Software

Minute Menu LLC, the premier developer of child care center food program management software products, is proud to announce a partnership with Procare Software, a leader in the child care center software industry. Procare Software users now have access to the features of Minute Menu CX to help manage and streamline the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) claims and reimbursement process.

Minute Menu LLC has developed a utility that allows Procare Software to add Minute Menu CX functionality to its child center management software. This utility is designed to help child care centers reconcile child and guardian identification numbers from Minute Menu CX to Procare, and to transfer new child enrollment information from Procare to Minute Menu CX. Read more of this post

Household Contacts Using Minute Menu HX

The Claimed Attendance Detail by Child report in Minute Menu HX is a great solution to conducting household contacts. This report displays a complete list of meals claimed for a specific child organized by date for a claim month.

We suggest first creating a message in Microsoft Word that can be printed directly onto the printed Claimed Attendance Detail by Child report. Because the Claimed Attendance Detail by Child report can often take up most of the printed page, we suggest creating the message in a text box that can be rotated to print alongside the detail on the report. To do this, follow the steps below. Read more of this post