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CACFP DCH Providers and CalFresh Participation


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 Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Action Required, Beneficial Information

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program Day Care Home Sponsors

Attention: Authorized Representatives and Program Contacts

Number: CACFP-01-2019

Date: February 2019

Reference: Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 226.6(f)(1)(viii)(E)

Subject: Documentation of Child and Adult Care Food Program Day Care Home Providers Based on CalFresh Program Participation

Supersedes: Management Bulletin NSD-CACFP-06-2012: Documentation of Tier I Provider Determination Based on CalFresh Program Participation


This management bulletin (MB) notifies Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) day care home (DCH) sponsors of a change in the process for reporting CACFP DCH provider eligibility based solely on provider participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as the CalFresh Program in California.

Background
  • Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 226.6(f)(1)(viii)(E), requires DCH sponsors to annually notify the state agency of providers determined to be Tier I solely based on their participation in the CalFresh Program.
  • The California Department of Education (CDE) requires DCH sponsors to submit the information of providers determined to be Tier I based solely on their CalFresh Program participation, and to indicate if each provider serves his or her own children through the CACFP based on the provider’s CalFresh Program eligibility. This information is submitted in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS). All CACFP Operators are required to have established procedures to ensure the accuracy of the information in the CNIPS at all times.
Actions Required

DCH sponsors must take one or more of the following actions:

  • For all providers that are Tier I based solely on their participation in the CalFresh Program, designate Meal Benefit Form—CalFresh in item number G2 of the CNIPS provider application.
  • For all providers that serve their own children through the CACFP based solely on the provider’s CalFresh Program eligibility, designate Meal Benefit FormCalFresh in item number F3 of the CNIPS provider application, and indicate the CalFresh Case Number in item number F4 of the CNIPS provider application.
  • If, as of March 15 each year, a DCH sponsor does not have any provider’s CACFP eligibility based solely on the CalFresh Program participation, the sponsor must send an email message to DCH@cde.ca.gov by March 31 each year, with No CalFresh entered as the email message subject or title. The email message must be sent from either the Authorized Representative or Program Contact email address listed in the CNIPS DCH Sponsor Application, as this allows the CDE to identify the DCH sponsor submission.
Consequences of Not Completing the Required Actions

Failure to maintain the CNIPS as required, or the nonsubmission of the required email each year, may result in the CDE declaring the DCH sponsor seriously deficient.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact your assigned CACFP DCH specialist. A list of the CACFP DCH sponsor specialists is available on the CDE DCH Sponsor Specialist Assignment web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/cc/cacfpcontact.asp#daycare. You can also contact the Community Nutrition Programs Administration Office Technician, by phone at 916-327-2991 or by email at CACFP@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, June 28, 2021
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