Our Mission

To ensure that all children ages 0-12 years and adults who attend licensed daycare, receive nutritious well-balanced meals. We accomplish this mission by offering training and ongoing technical assistance to day care providers. We work with seniors, families and daycare providers to help create the nutritional foundation for good health.

Day Care Providers!

CACFP is a federally funded nutrition assistance program designed to provide healthful meals to children and adults receiving day care. Our services play a vital role in improving the quality of day care by providing reimbursements for meals…making childcare more affordable!

We offer:

Reimbursement for Meals

Most licensed day care homes are eligible for our financial assistance, depending on income level. Call us or visit the federal CACFP site to determine your eligibility.

Nutrition education

A program consultant will visit your home three times per year to observe meal service and provide up-to-date nutrition, health, and safety education materials.


Annual workshops provide an opportunity to learn new and exciting information, and network with other providers.


Read about program updates, health news, recipes and activities for your children in our quarterly newsletter.

If you are a licensed day care provider in Santa Cruz County, Monterey County or San Benito County…

Call our bilingual staff!

We’ll answer your questions and set you up with an enrollment appointment.

(831) 688-8840

Download the CACFP Provider Manual

In English En espanol

CACFP Provider Manual

Provider forms

In English En espanol
Daily Meals Worksheet

Daily Meals Worksheet Infants

Declining a provider's formula
Declining a provider's food

Non-Inclusion on the National Disqualified List

Request for milk substitute

CN Labels

Declaracion medica para solicitar comidas especiales

Etiqueta nutricional CN

Helpful Resources

What's Cooking. A USDA resource for creating a variety of healthy recipes, building menus, SNAP information, and more.

Healthy Preschoolers. A nutrition learning center for child care providers.

Minute Menu

Kick the Can. Giving the boot to sugary drinks.

Healthy Eating on a Budget. Please note that even though sample menus are provided, your meals must meet the USDA requirements set forth for the CACFP. Not all meals provided on this website meet this requirement.

Are you a parent? Want to receive free books? Go to www.readconmigo.org

Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) program is offering four Meal Quality Forums statewide. Each forum will focus on enhancing the nutrition environment of early child care programs through improved food preparation and service using the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Pattern.

Tips to Help Kids Maintain a Healthy Weight Information from the CDC about the health risks of childhood obesity and what parents can do to help prevent their kids from becoming overweight or obese.

Consejos para Ayudar a Los Niños Mantener un Peso Saludable Información del CDC sobre los riesgos para la salud de la obesidad infantil y medidas preventivas que los padres pueden tomar para prevenir que sus hijos tengan sobrepeso o sean obesos.

Check out this great new resource, BrightFutures.org, to help Child Care Providers promote health, including preventing childhood obesity. The following is a link to a curriculum that will help providers make sure children are getting enough physical activity.

The Recipes for Healthy Kids provides inspiration to cook up some new ideas and get children excited about making healthy choices. Recipipes were provided by school nutrition professionals, students, parents, chefs, and community members submitted over 340 recipes for Healthy Kids Competition.

As a child care and early education provider, you are a powerful force in children's lives and can help them learn habits that prevent childhood obesity and can keep them healthy for life. Focus on five goals to get your kids off to a healthy start.

Here are the requirements for serving meals and snacks to infants, children, and adults in CACFP. The meal patterns give you guidance on the minimum number of components and amounts of food which must be served as part of a reimbursable breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack.

Proposed Meal Pattern

Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

This rule proposes changes to the meal pattern requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to better align the meal patterns with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The proposed changes are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, science-based recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in the report Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All, and input from stakeholders, as well as cost and practical considerations for CACFP institutions and facilities. In addition, this proposal would make additional revisions to the health and wellness components of CACFP to reflect several requirements set forth in the HHFKA, including making changes to the purpose of the Program and making water available to Program participants. Several of these changes would be extended to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program to increase consistency across all Child Nutrition Programs. Implementation of this proposed rule would serve as a step towards more nutritious meals that improve the dietary habits of participants in day care.

Your written comments on the proposed rule should be specific, should be confined to issues pertinent to the proposed rule, and should explain the reason(s) and/or provide supporting information for any change you recommend or proposal(s) you oppose. Where possible, you should reference the specific section or paragraph of the proposal you are addressing. Comments received after the close of the comment period (see DATES) will not be considered or included in the Administrative Record for the final rule.



"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities, who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-6200 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."


El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (por sus siglas en ingl?s "USDA") proh?be la discriminaci?n contra sus clientes, empleados y solicitantes de empleo por raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de g?nero, religi?n, represalias y, seg?n corresponda, convicciones pol?ticas, estado civil, estado familiar o paternal, orientaci?n sexual, o si los ingresos de una persona provienen en su totalidad o en parte de un programa de asistencia p?blica, o informaci?n gen?tica protegida de empleo o de cualquier programa o actividad realizada o financiada por el Departamento. (No todos los criterios prohibidos se aplicar?n a todos los programas y/o actividades laborales).

Si desea presentar una queja por discriminaci?n del programa de Derechos Civiles, complete el USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (formulario de quejas por discriminaci?n del programa del USDA), que puede encontrar en internet en http: //www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, o en cualquier oficina del USDA, o llame al (866) 632-9992 para solicitar el formulario. Tambi?n puede escribir una carta con toda la informaci?n solicitada en el formulario. Env?enos su formulario de queja completo o carta por correo postal a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, por fax al (202) 690-7442 o por correo electr?nico a program.intake@usda.gov.

Las personas sordas, con dificultades auditivas, o con discapacidad del habla pueden contactar al USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service (Servicio federal de transmisi?n) al (800) 877-8339 o (800) 845-6136 (en espa?ol).

Las personas con discapacidades que desean presentar una queja hacia un programa espec?fico, por favor de ver la informaci?n adjunta de como contactarnos por correo electr?nico o directamente por correo. Si usted necesita otras alternativas de comunicaci?n para la informaci?n del programa (por ejemplo; el sistema Braille, que las letras sean m?s grandes, cintas en audio, etc.) Por favor de contactar al USDA's TARGET Center al siguiente n?mero (202) 720-2600 (de voz y TDD).

El USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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