Research shows that well-nourished children are healthier, more attentive, and have better mental performance than children who are under-nourished. Findings also indicate that children served by the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) eat healthier food than children who bring food from home. The CCFP helps child care facilities implement "best practices" to ensure children have access to a variety of nutritious foods for healthy growth and to reduce obesity risk.
The CCFP and two related programs, the Afterschool Meals Program and the Homeless Children Nutrition Program, are administered by the Bureau of Child Care Food Programs. These programs provide nutritious meals and snacks to children through public-private partnerships with organizations committed to caring for children. All three programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.
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CCFP approved contractors can file their claim and download CCFP forms and documents by accessing MIPS. Further information about using MIPS to file claims can be found on the Claiming Instructions and Information page.
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To find out how your organization can participate in the Child Care Food Program, Afterschool Meals Program, or Homeless Children Nutrition Program, please visit the page on becoming a Child Care Food Program provider.