Benefits of Participating on the CACFP
Assurance that Nutritious Meals are Served
While all licensed child care providers are required to follow the USDA guidelines, research indicates that children participating in the CACFP are served more nutritious meals than those not on the program. Your involvement in the CACFP indicates to parents that you are dedicated to excellent meal service for their children and to providing a high standard of child care in your home.
You may claim two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal per child per day. USDA determines the reimbursement rates, which are updated yearly and vary based on your income, neighborhood school, and potentially the income of the families in your child care. We have a Cost-benefit Tool you can try out, or click to download the benefit tool.
One hour of continuing nutrition education is required by the CACFP each year. Kids’ Nutrition Company, Inc. offers free workshops once a year in Lakewood and once a year in Montrose. We also offer correspondence classes that you can take at home at your own convenience. In addition to meeting our requirement for ongoing nutrition/health education, our classes count for at least one hour toward your license requirements.
Yearly Child Care Calendar
Each year you will receive a free calendar from KNC designed specifically for child care providers and their business needs.
Along with your check each month you will receive a newsletter that includes recipes, nutrition-related activities for young children, updates on training opportunities and other important reminders. It is recommended reading for all Kids’ Nutrition Company, Inc., providers.
Your consultant will bring you all of the necessary supplies during Home Visits, making participation on the food program easy. If you have questions or need assistance in between Home Visits you can always call the KNC office or your consultant between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.