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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

Number: 02-216

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: June 2002

Subject: Residential Care and Military Personnel

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture CACFP Policy Memo 01-26 and Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin 01-216 (November 2001)

This Management Bulletin (MB) provides information regarding a change in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy regarding claiming meals in family day care homes with children of military personnel. As explained in MB 01-216, a day care home provider may generally only claim meals served to enrolled children who do not reside in the provider's home. Previously, only temporary, overnight placement, due to an emergency situation, was allowed for a maximum of three days.

In light of current national events, USDA has revised the three-day maximum as it applies to military personnel. Currently, a child placed in a day care home by a military parent may be claimed for meal reimbursement as a nonresidential program participant for as long as the child is with the provider if the following conditions are met:

  • The child is a dependent of a military parent who has been deployed from a normal duty station as a result of the current national situation; and
  • The provider has legal power of attorney or custody of the child or an agreement has been established by the military to provide residential care to the child.
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