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Child Care Centers

Licensed or approved non-residential, public, or private non-profit centers and Head Start Centers are eligible to participate. For profit child care centers may also participate if they meet certain criteria for serving low-income children. Centers must offer meals to children whose families are eligible to receive meals at free or reduced prices. Income Eligibility Guidelines pdf icon
Child care centers generally operate as non-pricing programs. In this type of operation, the eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is established by child, but the benefit goes directly to the center in the form of an adjusted reimbursement rate. This eliminates separate charges to parents/guardians for care and meals. Child care centers are reimbursed for meals and snacks served to children at rates dependent on children's eligibility. Childcare Reimbursement Rates.

Family/Group Child Care Homes

Child care homes are administered by a Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) sponsoring organization that follows federal and state regulations, and performs administrative functions. These functions include completing a monthly claim for reimbursement, training and monitoring providers, and providing education and nutrition resources. The sponsor receives reimbursement for administrative expenses, based on the number of homes it sponsors and according to an approved budget and actual expenditures. Child care home providers are reimbursed for meals and snacks served to children. Reimbursement is dependent on location of the provider's home or the provider's household income, or the eligibility category (See Income Eligibility Guidelinespdf icon) of a child's family. CACFP Tiering System

At-Risk After School Snack Centers

This program operates in areas where 50% or more of children enrolled are eligible for free and/or reduced price meals. Child care centers that care for school-age children may receive reimbursement for snacks served to school-aged children after school, on holidays and weekends during the regular school year. All snacks are reimbursed at the "free" rate (See Child Care Reimbursement Rates).

Homeless Child Nutrition Facilities

This program provides homeless children with year-round access to nutritious meals and snacks.  Public or private non-profit  institutions that provide temporary shelter to homeless persons may participate. Reimbursement is provided for meals and/or snacks served to children 18 years of age and younger. Meals and snacks are reimbursed at the "free" rate (See Child Care Reimbursement Rates).

Adult Daycare Centers

These centers are operated for functionally impaired adults and may receive reimbursement and commodity foods under the adult component of the CACFP.

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