Food Program for Family Child Care Providers

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Give children the nutritious meals they need during their critical developing years, and help them develop good eating habits that follow them into their adult years – all while getting reimbursed for a portion of the cost of food served!

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a licensed or certified child care provider, the program provides you with financial reimbursement for serving nutritious meals and snacks to kids in your care.

All children ages 0 through 12 years in child care are eligible to participate in this program. Each child can be paid for either two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal per day.

Why is good nutrition in child care important?

  • Child care settings significantly influence children’s eating patterns.
  • 65% of children are enrolled in child care and spend on average 33 hours per week there. The meals and snacks they are provided while in child care makeup 50-75% of their overall diet.
  • As children’s healthy habits are developed at a young age, it is critical to start nutrition education early.
  • We have a great responsibility to ensure that children receive good nutrition from the start.

Why join the Food Program?

  • You get valuable nutrition education to know the proper foods to feed children in amounts appropriate for these young age groups.
  • You receive help through nutrition education and personal visits from CACFP staff in understanding how to encourage positive eating habits that will benefit a child throughout life.
  • You get reimbursement to offset the cost of food.

For more information about why you should join the Food Program, check out Tom Copeland’s Taking Care of Business website. Tom is the nation’s leading expert on the business of family child care and offers straightforward advice about the CACFP. 

What do I need to do to enroll?

If you are a county certified or state licensed family child care provider caring for at least one child (full-time or part-time), you are eligible to participate. Give us a call or send as email to learn about getting started.


Phone: 608.271.5242 OR 800.292.2429

The information on this website applies to the 4-C Food Program ONLY.

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