What Families Should Know About the Food Program
The main goal of the CACFP Food Program is to ensure that children in participating day care centers and day care homes receive nutritious meals and snacks, and child care providers receive training in nutrition. Children and providers learn about food and healthy eating. Day care facilities on this program make sure that your child:
Receives nutritious meals
Receives meals based on USDA meal standards for young children
Learns about food and eating to develop healthful eating habits
You should also know the following information
Your day care provider may ask you to complete certain forms required by the CACFP (including optional income eligibility forms which are kept confidential)
Special arrangements can be made for meals and snacks at child care for children with special nutritional needs
To help us manage the program better you may be contacted at some time and asked about the type and quality of meals that your child receives while in day care
Your day care provider or center plans menus and snacks and will be glad to show them to you
Through the child care food program your provider will receive reimbursement for meals and snacks that meet the CACFP Meal Pattern requirements. Your provider may be reimbursed for a maximum of two meals and a snack, or two snacks and a meal, for each day a child is in care. When your child participates in the food program you will not be asked to pay a separate fee for meals and snacks served at the family child care home and claimed on the CACFP. By practicing good health habits, including healthful eating, you can give your child a head start on a healthy lifestyle.
Not sure if your program participates in the CACFP? Ask!
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