What is CACFP?
CACFP stands for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. It is a federal program administered by New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
The program provides nutrition education to Child Care Providers.
Child Care Providers voluntarily participate in the program to receive a partial cash reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks they serve to children.
Learn more about CACFP here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/child-and-adult-care-food-program.
Benefits of CACFP
- It’s free!
- Free nutrition education training
- Cash reimbursement for two nutritious meals and one nutritious snack each day
- Offers networking opportunities and free resources
- Assures parents that you provide healthy meals and snacks to their children.
- You can submit all monthly paperwork online using the KidKare website (although a paper version is available, too!).
Can I Apply?
- You must be a New York State Registered Licensed or Legally Exempt Child Care Provider.
- You must provide Child Care in your home.
If you can say “yes” to both qualifications, contact JCEO’s Daycare Program!
What are your Responsibilities?
- Keep a daily record of the nutritious meals served at your Day Care.
- Submit monthly forms to receive your cash reimbursement.
- Attend an annual training.
Below are forms that CACFP Enrolled Providers may need to participate in the program. (Paper copies are always available at JCEO.)
Day Care Providers enrolled in CACFP are required to complete a free 2-hour Nutrition/Civil Rights training each year at JCEO in Plattsburgh.
Free additional trainings online include:
Nutrition Resources for Providers
Nutrition Activities for Children