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Child and Adult Care Food Program


Important Notice: CACFP Program Moved to CDSS

The Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of child care and development programs administered by the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may not be current and involves the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that has moved to CDSS. Visit the CDSS CACFP web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

Note: The due date for the request for applications has passed. This page is for reference and administration of funding.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a state and federally funded program that provides funding to licensed child care centers, adult day care centers, and organizations that sponsor day care homes to ensure participants receive nutritionally adequate meals and snacks while in care. Funding is also available for meals and snacks at emergency shelters and afterschool programs.

Program Questions: Kayla Christensen, email: KChristensen@cde.ca.gov, phone: 916-324-6153

Downloading Questions: Kayla Christensen, Office Technician, email: KChristensen@cde.ca.gov, tel. 916-324-6153


Reference Description
How to Apply for the CACFP Information on how to begin the application process for the CACFP.
General Program Information
Information about meal programs offered at public and private child care centers, day care homes, adult day care centers, and homeless shelters under CACFP.
Guidance, Manuals, and Resources
The most recent child care center, day care home sponsor, and adult day care sponsor manuals, management bulletins, and other materials needed for proper administration of the CACFP.
Program Administration Forms
Forms and completed sample forms for use by CACFP sponsors.
Payment Information and Forms Instructions, forms, and worksheets to assist with filing claims for reimbursement.
Certifications and Assurances

Reference Description

General Assurances & Certifications

The Assurances and Certifications requirements of applicants and grantees as a condition of receiving funds. Applicants do not need to sign and return the general assurances and certifications with the application; instead, they must download them and keep them on file to be available for compliance reviews, complaint investigations, or audits. Applicants that participate in the Consolidated Application (ConApp) should already have a copy of the general assurances and certifications on file and do not need to keep a separate copy. Program-specific assurances are not included here and should be listed separately on the Request for Application.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, June 11, 2021
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