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!

About The Food Program

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 family 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.

The Food Program conducted by 4-C has been contracted to provide certification services in the following counties:

  • Columbia
  • Dane
  • Dodge

  • Grant

  • Green

  • Iowa
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Richland

  • Rock
  • Sauk
  • Walworth
  • 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, send an email, or fill out the form to learn about getting started.

Request More Information

Fill out the form above to request more information or contact us using the information below.

Phone: 608.271.5242 OR 800.292.2429
Email: [email protected]
The information on this website applies to the 4-C Food Program ONLY.

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Participation in the Food Program

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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.