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Child Care Food Program

Contact the Child Care Food Program

  •  850-245-4323



    Mailing Address

    Bureau of Child Care Food Programs  

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-17 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

Access MIPS *


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

Florida Farm to Preschool for Early Care and Education Providers
Created by the Florida Departments of Health, Children and Families, and Agriculture and Consumer Services, this guide brings the farm to preschool with quick tips on outside play, school gardens and locally-produced foods.

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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.

Sponsoring Organization

  • 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.


Florida Waivers
In response to Hurricane Idalia, Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Child Care Food Programs (CCFP) is requesting that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approve the following waiver requests:
Waiver TypeFlexibility RequestedApproval/Denial DateExpiration Date
Meal Pattern RequirementsProvides flexibility in meeting dietary specifications and in providing required meal components when there are food supply issues.APPROVED9/30/2023
Congregate (Group) Meal RequirementsAllows meals to be provided as grab 'n goAPPROVED9/30/2023
60-Day Claiming Deadlines for June 2023Extends claiming deadlines for June 2023 claims an additional 30 calendar days from their original required date of submission.APPROVED9/30/2023
Monitoring Requirements for Sponsoring OrganizationsAllow all sponsoring organizations the option to waive pre-approval visits for the next 60 days, postpone the required 4-week review for new facilities for the next 60 days, and allow for more than 6-months to elapse between reviews of existing facilities for the next 60 days. Waive the requirement for on-site reviews and allow for desk reviews of the facilities claim paperwork for the next 60 days.APPROVED9/30/2023
Program Payment ProceduresRequest on behalf of sponsoring organizations to waive the requirements to distribute reimbursement to sponsored facilities within 5 days of receipt of the monthly reimbursementAPPROVED9/30/2023
Note: Waivers remain in effect through the expiration date.

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