Child and Adult Care Food Program   Nutrition training and assistance for care providers.

Proper nutrition plays a critical role in helping children to learn.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses participating child care home providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care. Nutrition training, monitoring visits, and assistance with record keeping procedures are provided by the Association for Supportive Child Care's CACFP.

Cash reimbursement for meals served is distributed monthly. Reimbursement rates are established at two levels (Tier I and Tier II) and are adjusted annually each July.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

CACFP Participation Benefits

  • Cash reimbursements for meals served (maximum of two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal per day per child)
  • In-home program training and technical assistance
  • Monthly newsletter with activity ideas and recipes
  • Access to a variety of services made available through the many ASCC programs
  • Convenient on-line claiming available through Minute Menu at no cost to providers

CACFP Program Requirements

  • Attend a minimum of one, two-hour nutrition training per fiscal year
  • Participate in three monitoring visits yearly by a CACFP Specialist in your home
  • Serve foods according to the Meal Pattern Guidelines
  • Record menus and attendance daily
  • Provide CACFP benefits to children (infant through twelve years of age) without regard to race, color, sex, handicap or national origin


CACFP participants must be certified as a child care provider by the state through the Department of Economic Security (DES) or the Department of Health Services (DHS). If you are not certified by the state, you must meet the requirements of an Alternate Approval Provider which include:

  • A satisfactory rating on both health and fire inspections of your home. (Arrangements for Health and fire inspections are made through ASCC on behalf of the provider.)
  • The submittal of your approved fingerprinting and background check. (Arrangements will be made by ASCC for those choosing Alternate Approval.)
  • First Aid and CPR

You may care for as many as four children for compensation at one time, not to exceed a total of six children, including your own. No more than two children may be under the age of one year. Ratios are adjusted for those with DHS certification.

ASCC is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Need Assistance?

For more information about the Child Care and Adult Food Program, please contact:

 480-829-0500 x2109 (Maricopa County)

 800-535-4599 x2109 (Toll Free)

 FAX: 480-829-9283



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