Child Care Food Program
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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Management Information and Payment System (MIPS)
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.
Find a Participating CCFP Provider
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The following are lists of existing participants in the Child Care Food Program:
Becoming a Child Care Food Program Provider
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.
General Program Information
- Child Care Centers Fact Sheet
- Day Care Homes Fact Sheet
- Afterschool Meals Program Fact Sheet
- Homeless Children Nutrition Program Fact Sheet
- Income Eligibility Guidelines
- Complete Staff List
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Emergency Food Service and Waiver Information
BEFORE THE STORM
What can you do prior to event occurring?
- CCFP Contractors must have a written emergency preparedness plan that demonstrates how the organization will operate during an emergency and minimize the disruption of CCFP services to children in care. Maintain this plan at your organization.
- Ensure that contact information in MIPS is correct.
- Become familiar with the situations in the “Waivers” section below.
- Because communication systems may be down after a storm, take time now to print off several blank Waiver forms and keep them in different locations for possible use later.
- Plan menus using shelf-stable foods and purchase those items for use in case of an emergency.
If any of the following occur, please contact the Tallahassee CCFP office or submit a waiver as soon as possible.
- Operating but unable to meet CCFP meal pattern requirements.
- Temporarily moving children to a different location.
- Unable to file claims by the claiming deadlines.
- Unable to maintain normal paperwork or computer systems, i.e. menus, meal counts, monitoring, etc.
- Destruction of any CCFP records - and/or previous 3 years.
- Caring for children residing in or evacuating from a designated disaster area.
- Caring for children residing in households receiving Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.
- Operating as an emergency shelter providing temporary housing.
- Providing meals to displaced children who, due to a disaster, are being temporarily housed in locations that may not be able to provide meals.
- Ensure that you have current contact information for all sites participating in your sponsorship.
- Disruptions to monitoring schedule that will cause the organization to be out of compliance must be reported via waiver.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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