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CACFP Eligibility, Guidance, Manuals, & Resources

The most recent child care center, day care home, and adult day care sponsor eligibility materials, guidance, manuals, and resources needed for proper administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

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Eligibility Materials

Adult Component Eligibility Materials
Participant eligibility materials for the adult component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Child Care Center Eligibility Materials
Participant eligibility materials for the child care center component of the CACFP.

Day Care Home Eligibility Materials
Provider and participant eligibility materials for the day care home component of the CACFP.

Guidance

General Information Sheets
Information to assist sponsors with program administration.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Guidance for CACFP
Collected guidance from the California Department of Education regarding changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program implemented by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Management Bulletins
Child and Adult Care Food Program management bulletins organized by calendar year.

Nutrition Requirements for the CACFP

Information and resources on menu planning, preparation documentation, and meal patterns for centers and homes participating in the CACFP.

Payment Information and Forms
Instructions, forms, and worksheets to assist with filing claims for reimbursement.

Second Interim Rule: Questions and Answers
Guidance on the CACFP Second Interim Rule: Improving management and program integrity. The final version of the provisions of the Interim Rule took effect as the CACFP Improving Management and Program Integrity Final Rule on July 13, 2011.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Guidance

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 External link opens in new window or tab.
The latest information from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs.

Manuals

CDE Manuals

CACFP Administrative Manual
A guide to the CACFP critical compliance standards for centers and day care home sponsors.

USDA Manuals

Food Buying Guide External link opens in new window or tab.
USDA's guide to plan, purchase, prepare, and serve nourishing meals for the Child Nutrition Programs. For a hard copy, call the Nutrition Services Division toll free at 800-952-5609.

At-Risk Afterschool Meals Handbook External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
USDA's guide to operating the at-risk, afterschool meal component of the CACFP.

Resources

CACFP Center Sites
Provides parents and referral agencies with a list of locations that provide free or low cost, nutritious meals through their participation in the CACFP.

CACFP Day Care Home Sponsors
List of California day care home sponsors operating the CACFP.

California Department of Aging External link opens in new window or tab.
Information about services and programs available to seniors in California.

California Preschools SHINE Forums
California Preschools Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise forums information.

Community Care Licensing Division External link opens in new window or tab.
The Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services.

Student Poverty - FRPM Data
Downloadable data files pertaining to students eligible for free and reduced price meals.

USDA Resources

Child & Adult Care Food Program External link opens in new window or tab.
USDA's Web site on administration of the CACFP.

Healthy Meals Resource System External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides recipes, resources, and information on food safety and the preparation of nutritious meals.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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