The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses family child care providers for two meals and one snack, or two snacks and one meal, per child, per day. Rates of reimbursement change each year in July. The United States Department of Agriculture meal pattern requirements must be met and all required paperwork must be completed in a timely manner.
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CACFP helps make it possible for family child care providers to provide children in their care a variety of nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, high quality protein, fresh dairy products, and whole grain and enriched breads and cereals.
Family Child Care Provider Training
CACFP offers family child care providers training in nutrition for children, planning nutritious meals and snacks, and many other useful topics.
Nutrition for Children
CACFP enables children to experience a variety of nutritious foods and encourages healthy eating habits while promoting nutritional education for children.
Expectations of Providers
- To be licensed for family child care, according to Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services guidelines.
- Keep records at each meal service of the identification numbers and food served to enrolled children who are present.
- Allow representatives of Action for Children, the Ohio Department of Education, and/or the US Department of Agriculture to come into the provider’s home to review CACFP operations. Visits will be made at least three times in a 12 month period (October 1 through September 30) and are unannounced. Visits are made to provide technical assistance and view the nutritional meals being served, as well as the children in the home.
- Only claim meals actually served to enrolled children.
- Attend one CACFP nutrition training session each year.
- Serve meals to all enrolled children (ages 12-years-old and younger) at no additional cost to parents.
- Serve meals which meet CACFP requirements for the ages of the children being served.
- Keep all paperwork and required forms up-to-date and accurate.
Join CACFP Today
If you are interested in becoming part of Action for Children’s Child and Adult Care Food Program, please contact us at 614.224.0222
Necessary Forms and Documents
Weekend/Holiday Form: To claim a child on weekends and the following AFC designated holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, you must have the parent/guardian complete the weekend/holiday verification sheet and sign it. This is then turned in with your monthly claim. This is considered part of your monthly claim and must be submitted by the claim deadline. Mail it, scan and email it or bring it in to AFC by 11:59pm on the fifth of the month or your claim will be considered late.
Income Eligibility Form(IEA): This form is not required for everyone. This form is required in four situations. Each has its own set of instructions to follow:
- Request Tier I status. Other documentation is required. See IEA Instructions for becoming Tier I for more information.
- Claim your own children. Also required is an enrollment form. See IEA Instructions for Tier I and wish to claim your own children for more information.
- Claim foster children (if you are a licensed foster parent). Also required is an enrollment form. See IEA Instructions for claiming foster children for more information.
- Request Tier I reimbursement for outside children if you are a Tier II status. This is signed by the parent/guardian. Also required is an enrollment form. See IEA Instructions for Tier II Provider Parents for more information.
- Indoor Gardening for Kids
- Gardening for Children
- Identifying Whole Grain-Rich Foods
- Multicultural Activities for Pre-schoolers
In all instances, please consult with your specialist if you have questions and for any other requirements. In all cases, forms are considered valid beginning in the month they are signed.
Claim Due Date/Reimbursement Schedule: This form may be used to track due dates for your monthly claims and receipt of your monthly direct deposits, including the tracking of amounts.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, and in Ohio, is administered by the Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. A total of 9 sponsors, including Action for Children, implement the program in Ohio. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.