Special Minute Menu Announcement

Dear Minute Menu Clients,

Our founder, Tom Clark, has retired after more than 26 years building solutions to support the CACFP and childcare.  He remains an advocate for the CACFP community and committed to the long-term success of our company and our customers.  Those of you who attend CACFP conferences are sure to see him there over the coming year, and possibly beyond.  His retirement preparation included a long transition of responsibilities to ensure continued success for the CACFP, Minute Menu, and our devoted clients.

Minute Menu Systems is proud to introduce our new CEO, Matt Wilson.  Matt brings over a decade of leadership experience, including service in the US Army and advanced leadership training in the manufacturing and engineering space. After completing his MBA, Matt was drawn to Minute Menu’s larger mission supporting the CACFP and the childcare industry. Like many Americans, Matt grew up in the childcare system, and is thrilled to be in a position to support the people who directly and indirectly care for the children of working Americans.

Matt joins Natalie Clark, who will continue in her long-term role as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, to complete our executive team.  We know that Matt’s enthusiasm for our company’s mission and his diverse background will drive our company to new levels of accomplishment and success.

Partnership with Alpine Investors

As a part of this transition, Minute Menu Systems is very proud to announce our new partnership with Alpine Investors. We are very excited for this opportunity to join forces to address the needs of the childcare and CACFP marketplace.

Alpine Investors is a values-driven private equity firm with a mission to build enduring companies by working with, learning from and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in middle-market companies in the software, online and business services industries. For more information, visit www.alpine-investors.com.

Through the years, we have acquired loyal, unwavering customers who have helped us grow, and a team of committed employees who have invested their special talents in the company and culture. Because of that, Minute Menu Systems is the leading provider of software solutions for the CACFP community. The partnership with Alpine Investors will enable Minute Menu to fulfill its mission to continue to deliver the most comprehensive CACFP solution to America’s childcare sponsor organizations and providers.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our new partnership with Alpine Investors. They are truly a great match for our company because they share our values, understand the importance of our mission and were willing to invest in us to further realize our potential to improve the lives of our customers.” –Natalie Clark, COO, Minute Menu Systems

Minute Menu Systems will still be the company you know and love, just with greater opportunities. Our staff members who make this company possible will still be here to serve you, and we will have exciting, new additions joining the team that will increase our level of support for you, our valued customer. We cannot wait for what’s to come as we enhance our current product offerings, provide more software solutions for our customers, and find new ways to serve the childcare community.

We greatly appreciate your loyalty and are looking forward to this exciting opportunity with all of you! If you have any questions about this news and how it will affect you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information, please view our press release.
                        

Tom Clark                                                                                               Matt Wilson

Sincerely, 

Your Minute Menu Team

CX RELEASE 12.3.0

The 11.13.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  We encourage you to update to the latest version of the software so you always have access to the latest features and fixes.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

Features Updates 

  • Update: Enrollment form changes for Nevada
  • Update: Changes to California Meal Benefit Form – English
  • Update: List Children Screen – add hyperlink to child name that takes user to child information
  • Update: List Children Screen – add hyperlink to child name that takes user to child information
  • Update: Changes to Nevada IEF
  • Fixed: The IEF expiration date should default to the last day of the month when Policy 8b is set to [1 Year] and Policy 8c is set to [End of Month]
  • Fixed: In/Out Times not “autoselecting” attendance column on fix scan errors feature.

 

CX RELEASE 12.2.0

The 11.12.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  We encourage you to update to the latest version of the software so you always have access to the latest features and fixes.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

Features Updates

  • Update:  Adult Enrollment IEF forms – Virginia (VA)
  • Update:  New Kentucky State upload file
  • Update:  Changes to receipt list export to add “select output format”
  • Update:  Changes to GA State upload file
  • Update:  Manual disallowance screen – add child name
  • Update:  Record attendance /Served meals screen – add “Forward and back” arrows for date change
  • Update:  Fix Scanned error screen – add child numbers and make columns sortable
  • Update:  Changes to California Meal Benefit Form – Spanish (CA)
  • Update:  List Children Screen – add hyperlink to child name that takes user to child information
  • Update:  Changes to Nevada IEF
  • Fixed:  Quantities missing for 1-2 year old fruit/veg at dinner
  • Fixed:  Child names doubled on claims roster for multi licensed centers
  • Fixed:  Milk audit  export:  All active centers report not loading
  • Fixed:  Sponsor Can’t Log In As Center With “.” In Username From Oversight Tab
  • Fixed:  Washington DC enrollment form has incorrect fiscal year
  • Fixed:  Claims Roster showing duplicate children
  • Fixed:  Claim List export missing disallowance reason
  • Fixed:  Error message upon deleting IEF entry unless date is added
  • Fixed:  CX Web Crashes When Attempting To Run Meals Report For All Centers
  • Fixed:  Child Roster not showing children younger than 11 months for attended

CX Release 12.0.0

The 11.12.0 release is a “mandatory” release which means that all users will be prompted to update their software and log back in before using the system.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

Features Updates

  • New Export for receipts list.
  • Speed improvements made to the Process Claims and Calculate Blended Rates functions.
  • Changes to the OH IEF report to pre populate only what the state allows.
  • Update to Year End Tax Summary report to be visible correctly for centers with permissions

Bug Fixes

  • FIXED:   In Record Meals/Attendance, School Out Button Persists, Even When Unchecked
  • FIXED:  FRP incorrect on Roster for withdrawn children with expired IEF
  • FIXED:  Manually disallowed meals not showing correctly on OER
  • FIXED:  Monthly Claimed Meal Count Summary – ARAS report has incorrect totals
  • FIXED:  Add ability to manage classrooms for single site centers.
  • FIXED:  Saving failure when enrolling child.

CX Release 11.12.0

The 11.12.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  We encourage you to update to the latest version of the software so you always have access to the latest features and fixes.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

Features Updates

  • Change to the X1 policy for nightly CIS imports of child data

Bug Fixes

  • FIXED:  OER was showing error #66 in incorrect situations.
  • FIXED:   Dual Licence Centers: kindergartners being reimbursed on the at risk claim for lunch rather than the traditions claim.
  • FIXED:  Participant Totals by Center report has incorrect Tittle XX counts.
  • FIXED:  Meals disallowed on center start date.

CX Release 11.11.0

The 11.11.1 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  We encourage you to update to the latest version of the software so you always have access to the latest features and fixes.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

Features Updates

  • Updates to State Upload Files for Minnesota, Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois at risk, Oregon, and Virginia
  • Fixed allergy statement for Texas enrollment form

Bugs Fixed

  • Menu Production Record had incorrect calculation for Ground Beef
  • Daily FRP count report was leaving off calculations for AM Snack and Dinner.
  • Weekly Attendance and Meal Count Report was not showing ARAS children.
  • Year end Tax Summary Report was printing for all centers even when only one center is selected.

CX Release 11.10.1

The 11.10.1 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  We encourage you to update to the latest version of the software so you always have access to the latest features and fixes.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

 

1 Feature Updates

  • For ARAS/SFSP attendance, we now have the ability to use the Estimate attendance feature in the CX product.

Preparing Providers: Fruit AND Vegetable Requirement

The new Fruit/Vegetable requirement splits the previous ONE component (Fruits/Vegetables) into TWO separate components. (Fruits. And Vegetables.)

But what does this mean for our providers and how can we train them the most effectively?

Let’s break it down.

What is changing for…

  • Breakfast? Nothing changes. Provider’s can still serve a fruit or a vegetable for breakfast.
  • Snack? Providers can serve a fruit with a vegetable for a reimbursable snack. This adds flexibility for the providers!
  • Lunch/Dinner? Providers must serve at least one vegetable. Two vegetables can be served. But two fruits cannot be served. At least one vegetable must be served at lunch and dinner starting on Oct. 1 2017 otherwise the meal will not be reimbursable.

Since the change has the deepest impact on lunches and dinners and could result in a disallowance if providers do not comply after Oct. 1st 2017, focus your training on serving at least one vegetable at lunch and dinner. Phrasing it like this is much easier to remember and implement. Which one of these phrases do you think is easier to understand?

  1. The vegetable/fruit component is now split into two separate components.
  2. Start serving a vegetable with lunch and dinner!

(I vote #2!) Start training providers to “serve a vegetable with lunch and dinner” now! Talk about it at home visits, post it on your company social media pages, send a broadcast message from HX to all providers, add it to your email signature for a few weeks, mention it when providers call, and get the message out to providers any way you can!

You can use the food combination rule feature to help train providers on this. Set up a Food Combination rule that generates an error message when two fruits are served at lunch and dinner. (If two fruits are served, that means a vegetable was not served.) This rule should be set to provide a “warning” message (not a disallowance) since meals that meet the current meal pattern are still allowable (even in states in early implementation) until Oct. 1 2017. The error that is generated can be internal only or you can choose to make it visible to providers. To setup a Food Combination rule go to Administration > Food Combinations.

For more information on how to setup a food combination rule, please join our Meal Pattern Changes webinar.

Preparing Providers: Foods not allowed or limited under the new meal pattern

Start training and preparing providers for the new meal pattern now! Whether you’re in an early implementation state or not, there is a lot of training that needs to happen to get your providers up to speed.

The USDA memos are clear that providers should NOT be disallowed for meals that meet the current/soon-to-be-old meal pattern. (Just read the Technical Assistance section of the Early Implementation memo.) So instead of just taking away foods that are not allowed under the new meal pattern (but are reimbursable until then) you can generate error messages for the providers to see, which will help you train them over the next several months and allow them to continue claiming reimbursable meals. Setting this up will only take a few minutes of your time and it will help prepare your providers for some of the changes.

For example, even though grain-based desserts will not be allowed soon (Oct. 1 2017) they are STILL ALLOWED between now and then. So rather than just removing all grain-based desserts from your food list, you can generate error messages that notify providers that they are not allowed under the new meal pattern. This allows them to continue claiming reimbursable meals but also receive technical assistance and training on the new meal pattern.

Use the Food Frequency Rules feature to setup “rules” for any foods that are not allowed or limited under the new meal pattern.

Create rules for:

  • Limiting juice to once per day
  • Limiting juice to zero times per day, week, or month for infants
  • Limiting grain-based desserts to zero times per day, week, or month
  • Limiting protein at breakfast to 3 times per week*

In Minute Menu HX go to Administration > Food Frequency Rules. Any rules created for the new meal pattern change should be set to “warn” only (not disallow) with the exception of the protein at breakfast rule.

Please join our Meal Pattern Changes webinar for more information.

*Only if you are in an early implementation state that is already allowing a protein at breakfast. Contact the Minute Menu Support Team to have protein items added to the grain section of your food list, for breakfast ONLY, as a temporary work around to allow providers to start claiming those foods. Then, once the protein items have been added, create a Food Frequency Rule limiting those protein items at breakfast to 3 times per week. Since protein at breakfast is NOT part of the current meal pattern, anything over 3 should be disallowed. For this reason, set this rule to disallow (not warn).

CX Release 11.9.0

The 11.9.0 release contains changes to the CX client, so you will need to update your software for all features to remain usable.  We encourage you to update to the latest version of the software so you always have access to the latest features and fixes.

There are 2 ways to update the CX software:  1) Log in to Minute Menu CX. go to Administration > Upgrade Software – go through the prompts and allow the upgrade to complete. Once the upgrade has completed, please log back into Minute Menu CX using your own login and password.  This takes just a few minutes.  2) Log out of CX, and go directly to the Update Link and click on the link in step 1.
Please contact CX support at cxhelp@minutemenu.com if you are still having an issue.

4 Bugs Fixed:

  • Daily FRP report did not work when run for all centers at once.
  • Fix to Illinois State Upload File
  • Cosmetic fixes for Florida IEF calculation
  • Added ARAS numbers to PA State upload.

Feature Updates

  • GA state upload file
  • Updates to IEF in CA
  • Updates to TX IEF
  • GA Labor report added