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.

Workshops

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

Newsletter

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 español

CACFP Provider Manual


Provider forms

In English En español
Daily Meals Worksheet

Daily Meals Worksheet Infants

Declining a provider's formula

Declining a provider's food



Helpful Resources

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

Minute Menu

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.


2013 USDA NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

"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."

2013 USDA NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT - SPANISH

El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (por sus siglas en inglés "USDA") prohíbe la discriminación contra sus clientes, empleados y solicitantes de empleo por raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de género, religión, represalias y, según corresponda, convicciones políticas, estado civil, estado familiar o paternal, orientación sexual, o si los ingresos de una persona provienen en su totalidad o en parte de un programa de asistencia pública, o información genética protegida de empleo o de cualquier programa o actividad realizada o financiada por el Departamento. (No todos los criterios prohibidos se aplicarán a todos los programas y/o actividades laborales).

Si desea presentar una queja por discriminación del programa de Derechos Civiles, complete el USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (formulario de quejas por discriminación 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. También puede escribir una carta con toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Envíenos 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 electrónico 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 transmisión) al (800) 877-8339 o (800) 845-6136 (en español).

Las personas con discapacidades que desean presentar una queja hacia un programa específico, por favor de ver la información adjunta de como contactarnos por correo electrónico o directamente por correo. Si usted necesita otras alternativas de comunicación para la información del programa (por ejemplo; el sistema Braille, que las letras sean más grandes, cintas en audio, etc.) Por favor de contactar al USDA's TARGET Center al siguiente número (202) 720-2600 (de voz y TDD).

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

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