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Availability of the CACFP Administrative Manual

For CACFP Centers and Day Care Home Sponsors.
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

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

Attention: Program Operators

Number: CACFP-09-2018

Date: October 2018

Reference: California Department of Education Child and Adult Care Food Program Administrative Manual

Supersedes: California Department of Education Management Bulletin CACFP-16-2014: Availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program Administrative Manual; California Department of Education Administrative Manual for Child and Adult Care Centers, 2014; California Department of Education Child Care Food Program Day Care Home Sponsors Administrative Manual, 1995

Subject: Availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program Administrative Manual for Centers and Day Care Home Sponsors


This management bulletin (MB) supersedes the California Department of Education (CDE) MB CACFP-16-2014: Availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Administrative Manual for Child and Adult Care Centers.

The CDE Nutrition Services Division developed the CACFP Administrative Manual for centers and day care home (DCH) sponsors, which is on the CDE CACFP Administrative Manual web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/cc/cacfpmanualtablecontent.asp. This manual supersedes the 2014 CDE Administrative Manual for Child and Adult Care Centers and the 1995 CDE Child Care Food Program DCH Sponsors Administrative Manual.

The CACFP Administrative Manual contains guidance on critical compliance areas of the CACFP for all agencies, including centers and DCH sponsors. Requirements outlined in this manual apply to all CACFP agencies, except where noted. It is highly recommended that agencies review the CACFP Manual Terms, Definitions, and Acronyms web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/cc/cacfpmanualterms.asp for a list of important acronyms and definitions.

The CDE will make revisions to the online manual as program updates occur; however, agencies are ultimately responsible for complying with all current federal regulations, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Instructions, USDA Policy Memoranda, and CDE MBs.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Kayla Christensen, Community Nutrition Programs Administration Office Technician, by phone at 916-324-6153 or by email at KChristensen@cde.ca.gov. A contact list of assigned CACFP Specialists is on the CDE CACFP Contact List Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/cc/cacfpcontact.asp.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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