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Private, For-Profit Unaffiliated Centers


Nutrition Services Division

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors Head Start Centers

Number: 02-212

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: May 2002

Subject: Head Start and Private, For-Profit Unaffiliated Centers

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture CACFP Policy Memo 01-22; Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin 01-203

This Management Bulletin (MB) complements MB 01-203, dated March 2001, and addresses Head Start grantees that subcontract with private, for-profit child care centers.

As stated in MB 01-203, a private, unaffiliated child care center that contracts with Head Start agencies may participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) either:

  • Through their own CACFP agreement with the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division, or
  • As a sponsored site under the CACFP agreement of the Head Start agencies with which they contract.

When private, for-profit centers participate in the CACFP, they must meet the requirements that are cited in Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 226.2 and 226.17. These requirements stipulate that a for-profit center may participate in the CACFP if 25 percent of the children are Title XX beneficiaries or the recipients of subsidized child care.

In addition, federal law now allows a for-profit center to participate in the CACFP if 25 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meal reimbursement according to the income eligibility guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 3, 2017
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