The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal child nutrition program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program provides a subsidy to eligible child care centers, preschools, after-school programs, head start and home child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to infants and children in child care. In Iowa, CACFP is administered in Iowa by the Department of Educations' Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services. This program plays an important role in improving the quality of child care and making care affordable for all. Learn more in this flyer What Can CACFP Do For Me? (Spanish).
Who is eligible to participate in CACFP?
Child Care Centers (CCC) & Preschools Outreach Flyer - please contact the Iowa Department of Education for eligibility requirements and reimbursement rates.
Child Development Home (CDH) Brochure - providers are only allowed to participate in this program under the sponsorship of a local Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) administering agency or sponsor. Providers must be DHS registered or accept Child Care Assistance.
Online Training Opportunities for Centers
Online Training Opportunities for Homes
Joining the CACFP Online Course - "Joining the CACFP" training provides step-by-step guidance to apply for CACFP. The training is available on i-PoWeR, providing 1 hour DHS credit hour for center staff. Child Development Homes only need to complete lesson one and are not eligible to earn credit hours for completion of this informational lesson.
Find other CCR&R training opportunities
Links to resources that child care businesses might find helpful.
Childhood Obesity/Exercising with Children
CACFP Best Practices Checklist
CACFP Menu with Best Practices
CACFP Program Iowa
CACFP Program Sponsors Association
Child and Nutrition Recipe Box
Healthy Habits Start Early: A Toolkit - Team Nutrition Program and partners have created this toolkit to assist programs with creating healthy habits.
KidKare® by Minute Menu
Move for Thought Kit
Move for Thought PreK-K - Iowa State University
CACFP participation is an indicator of high-quality child care
Gives your program a competitive edge when parents know you serve
healthy meals and snacks (34% use CACFP as a selling point)
CACFP offers free, DHS approved training on program administration,
menu planning, nutrition education and more
Menu ideas and child-friendly recipes are available through CACFP
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Iowa Non-Discrimination Notice: “It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”
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