Child & Adult Care Food Program

What is the Child & Adult Care Food Program? 

The Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal assistance program that promotes good nutrition and healthy eating. As an extension of the National School Lunch Act, CACFP provides nutrition education training and financial assistance with the cost of providing nutritious meals and snacks in child care.

Who is Eligible?

All licensed and certified family child care homes may participate in the program under a Sponsoring organization. 4-C is your Sponsor in the following Kentucky Counties: Jefferson, Allen, Barren, Bullitt, Butler, Carroll, Edmonson, Hart, Henry, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Todd, Trimble, Warren. Child care home providers receive reimbursement for food costs, assistance with paperwork and training on nutrition and the option of using a premier on-line claiming program that handles all CACFP recordkeeping requirements. (A family child care home does not have to care for subsidized children to be on the CACFP.)

What are the Benefits of the Food Program?

Monetary Reimbursement

Every month you will receive reimbursement from 4-C for the creditable snacks and meals you serve per child. If you serve five children breakfast, lunch and snack five days a week, your monthly check will be between $160 – $350. Rates vary depending on the federal guidelines. Your own children under 13 may also be eligible.

Free Resources and Training

4-C provides CACFP providers with free nutrition training materials and resources, recipes and fun activities to help children learn healthy eating habits.

Peace of Mind for Parents

As a 4-C Food Program participant you will receive CACFP brochures and information to share with parents. Parents can feel confident that their child care professional is preparing nutritious meals and snacks that meet USDA requirements every day and that they are encouraging their child to develop good eating habits.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The full statement can be found at

For more information regarding the Food Program, or to sign up to attend a Starting the CACFP workshop please e-mail Dawn Thompson at [email protected].

Civil Rights Training

Infant Daily Menu

Child Daily Menu

Child Medical Statement for participants with special dietary needs

Food Program Resources 2013


CACFP USDA Smoothies Memo

CACFP USDA Infant Feeding Memo

CACFP USDA Local Foods Memo

Sample Menu Week 1

Menú de degustación Week 1

Sample Menu Week 2

Menú de degustación Week 2

Sample Menu Week 3

Menú de degustación Week 3

Cute snack ideas on 4-C’s Pinterest  page.

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