Family Day Care Home Providers/Sponsors

Contact Information

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

TTY: 360-664-3631

Staff Contacts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides cash assistance (reimbursement) for nutritious meals and snacks served to infants and children ages 12 and younger in licensed family or group day care homes. A Family Day Care Homes (FDCH) is an organized nonresidential child care program for children operated in a private home, and licensed or approved to provide care. FDCH providers must enter into an agreement with a sponsoring organization (“sponsor”). If you're a FDCH provider, start by contacting a sponsoring organization that services your county.

Sponsors are responsible for recruiting, training, monitoring, and reimbursing day care providers. All meals and snacks must meet the requirements of the CACFP meal patterns for children and infants.

Family Day Care Homes

CACFP provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served in private homes that are licensed or approved to provide family child care.

CACFP targets higher levels of reimbursement to low-income areas, and to day care providers and children most in need. The reimbursements make the cost of day care more affordable for many lower income families.

Nutrition, health and safety standards, and training make CACFP an important component of quality child care, especially in family day care homes. The Program Information handout provides more information about how the CACFP can assist your family day care home.

Tiering Resources

The tier level of each Family Day Care Home determines the rate of reimbursement each home receives for meals served. The reimbursement structure targets higher reimbursement to day care providers located in low-income areas and to providers and children from low-income households. It is the responsibility of the Sponsoring Organization to correctly tier their providers.

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Application Materials