Why is the CACFP Important To You?

USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) plays a vital role in improving the quality of daycare and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, millions of children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP.

 

Daycare Homes

Daycare homes must be licensed or registered by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS). A registered or licensed daycare home must sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization to participate in the CACFP. Reimbursement for meals served in daycare homes is based upon eligibility for Tier I rates (which targets higher levels of reimbursement to low-income areas, providers, or children) or lower Tier II rates.

 

Daycare Centers

Daycare centers may participate in the CACFP on their own, but many have found that having a sponsor such as us alleviates the burdensome paperwork. Daycare centers must be licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) to participate. Reimbursement for meals are based on a blended rate with at least 25% of the children on free or reduced meals depending on household income.

 

Meal Reimbursements

Daycare Homes and Daycare Centers receive cash reimbursement for serving meals to enrolled children and adults that meet Federal nutritional guidelines. The CACFP meal pattern varies according to age and types of meal served.

 

Participants may be approved to claim up to two reimbursable meals (breakfast, lunch, or supper) and one snack, or two snacks and one meal, to each eligible child, each day. Program payments are based on the number of meals served to enrolled children, multiplied by the appropriate reimbursement rate for each breakfast, lunch, supper, or supplement they are approved to serve.

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