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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.

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.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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