Nutrition Basics

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funds for meals and snacks served in licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and after-school programs. Children under 12, migrant children under 15, and children with disabilities of any age may participate in the program. The government reimburses child care providers at a higher rate for children from families earning low incomes than for children from families earning higher incomes. Legislation reauthorizing child nutrition programs, S. 3307, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which includes provisions strengthening the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), was signed into law by the President on December 13, 2010.

 

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"Food in America's Child Care Programs: Parent' and Providers' Perspectives" is a collection of parent and child care provider stories about the importance of the Child and Adult Care Food Program and how this program benefits children in child care.  ( 945.48 KB )