Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Child Care Transition

The Early Childhood Development Act of 2020

The State of California is committed to building and strengthening an equitable, comprehensive, quality, and affordable child care and development system for the children and families in our state. In support of this goal, the Budget Act of Fiscal Year 2020-21 transfers the following child care and development programs to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS):

  • Stages 2 and 3 of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Child Care Programs
  • General Child Care and Development Programs (CCTR)
  • Alternative payment programs (CAPP)
  • Migrant alternative payment programs (CMAP)
  • Migrant Child Care and Development Programs (CMIG)
  • Child Care and Development services for children with severe disabilities
  • Child Care and Development facilities capital outlay
  • The Early Learning and Care Workforce Development Grants Program
  • The California Head Start State Collaboration Office funded by collaboration grants
  • The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Child Care Resource and Referral
  • Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils
  • The California Child Care Initiative Project
  • Other Child Care Quality Improvement Projects
  • The Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • The Child Development Management Information System and other related data systems as they pertain to the programs, services, and systems

These changes will become effective July 1, 2021.

Contact Information

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CACFP Trainings

After July 1, 2021, and until further notice, CACFP Operators can:

Access the 2021-22 CACFP Mandatory Training on the CDSS Mandatory Training web page.

Continue to access all other CACFP trainings in the CACFP tab on the CDE Child Nutrition Programs Course Catalog web page.

Find information about Prospective CACFP Operator Training, and elective trainings in the Trainings tab on the CDE CACFP web page.

CACFP Waiver Requests

Find information about the waiver requests made from the State of California to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the waiver request protocol on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Waiver Requests page.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Program Summary

The Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) is a state and federally funded Child Nutrition Program (CNP) designed to provide nutritious meals and snacks served to infants, children, and adults. CACFP providers are reimbursed for meals and snacks that are served. The goal of the program is to enhance participants health and well-being. There are four components to the CACFP: (1) Child Care, (2) Adult Day Care, (3) Emergency Shelter, and (4) At-risk Afterschool Care.

  1. The Child Care component provides reimbursement to licensed and unlicensed child care centers and day care homes for healthy meals and snacks served to eligible child care centers that meet the meal pattern standards. Examples of providers include: Early Head Start centers, Head Start centers, Even Start centers, infant centers, preschool centers, and outside-school-hours centers.
  2. The Adult Day Care component is available to public or private nonprofit organizations or certain for-profit organizations that provide healthy meals that meet the meal pattern standards in a nonresidential day care facility to functionally impaired adults or adults who are 60 years of age or older. Examples of providers include adult day care centers, support day care centers, adult day health centers, and approved Alzheimer centers.
  3. The Emergency Shelter component is available to public or private nonprofit organizations that provide healthy meals that meet the meal standards in temporary shelter and food services to homeless children and their parents or guardians. Examples of providers include those offering emergency housing shelter for families.
  4. The At-risk Afterschool Care component provides a much-needed service to their communities. They provide children a safe place to go after school and nutritious food that gives them the energy they need to concentrate on homework and join their friends in physical, educational, and social activities. The At-risk Afterschool care component provides reimbursement to public or nonprofit organizations for meal and or snacks served. Examples of providers include: school food authorities, military organizations, Boys and Girls Clubs, Young Men’s Christian Association sites, and Young Women’s Christian Association sites.