Child and Adult Care Food Program

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The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

  • Began in 1968 as an extension of the National School Lunch Program
  • Is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Is administered by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
  • Each day, 2.9 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. (USDA website)

The CACFP is important for family child care business providers because…

  • Millions of family child care home business providers are reimbursed for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care.
  • Family child care home business providers have access to training on Nutrition and related topics.

The CACFP is available to family child care home business providers

Woman and children enjoy healthy snack

  • A family child care home business provider must sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization to participate in CACFP. Child Care Connection is a sponsor of the CACFP.
  • Family child care home business providers must be certified or alternately approved to provide day care services.
  • The level of reimbursement for meals served to enrolled children in day care homes is determined by economic need, based on either the location of the day care home, or the household income of the day care home provider, or the household income of each enrolled child.
  • Meals served to the day care home provider’s own children are reimbursable only if those children are determined eligible for free and reduced price meals. (USDA/CACFP website)


Are you a family child care provider interested in more information about the CACFP?  Do you have questions for our CACFP specialists?
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Child Care Connection uses Minute Menu, an automated CACFP claims management system.


Helpful Websites

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

USDA Team Nutrition

USDA Choose My Plate

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