CACFP for Family Child Care Businesses
The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) is a sponsor of the CACFP in Ohio. 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, Child Nutrition Services.
The CACFP can be split up into 3 main areas:
- Money for Food
Every month the CACFP reimburses family child care providers for meals fed to children in their care. Providers may claim up to two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal per child, per day. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal pattern guidelines must be followed.
- Nutritious Food
The CACFP makes it possible for family child care providers to offer a variety of healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy products, whole grains, breads and cereals to the children in their care. Hungry children suffer from two to four times as many individual health problems, such as unwanted weight loss, fatigue, headaches, irritability, inability to concentrate and frequent colds. Hunger has a negative impact on children's ability to learn in school. School-aged children who are hungry cannot concentrate or do as well as others on the tasks they need to perform to learn the basics. Good nutrition has been identified as a part of high quality child care.
- Family Childcare Provider Training
There is a strong link between a provider’s education and the quality of care they offer in their child care program. The more education and specialized training a provider has, the higher their quality of care. Participants in the CACFP are required to have:
- Basic health and safety training (including communicable disease, child abuse recognition and prevention, CPR/First Aid) required for licensing
- Continuing Education/in-service hours required by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
- CACFP-specific training before participating in the food program
- Yearly health and nutrition training
- Yearly CACFP policies and procedures training
The CACFP offers family childcare providers training in:
- Child Nutrition
- Meal Planning
- Organizing Your Family Child Care Business
Who can participate in CACFP?
Licensed Type A and B providers are eligible.
For complete CACFP guidelines, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/child-and-adult-care-food-program.
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