2021–22 CACFP Annual Update
This information is to notify the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) centers that the 2021–22 Program Year (PY) will open on Monday, August 2, 2021. Agencies must update and submit their application in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) prior to August 31, 2021.
As part of the State of California’s consolidation of early learning and child care programs that will be taking place in 2021, the CACFP will be transferred to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) on July 1, 2021. The application submission and approval process will remain the same as previous years.
In preparation for the 2021–22 CACFP annual update, you must ensure that your CNIPS Application Packet for PY 2020–21 is in an Approved status. Select PY 2020–21, open your Application Packet, and ensure that all forms and Site Applications are in an Approved status.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact your CACFP County Specialist. The County Specialist list can be found in the CNIPS Download Forms section: CACFP—Form ID CACFP 01. Please be aware that the CACFP 01 reflects the County Specialist contact information for both the California Department of Education and CDSS.