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Child Care Program Office

Information for Providers: Child Care Food Program

baby foodThe Child Care Food Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program reimburses licensed and approved child care providers for a portion of their food costs. The primary goal of the program is to improve the diet of children ages 12 year and younger, by assisting child care providers in helping children develop good eating habits and attitudes towards foods.

The major advantage of the program is reimbursement of the cost of meals and snacks served to child care children. Providers also have the opportunity to participate in free nutrition education workshops, which are creditable towards licensing and CDA requirements. In addition, program recipients receive three on-site nutrition education visits from CCFP staff annually, record keeping and technical assistance, and additional resources to support the business of family child care. By participating in the program, providers can make nutrition not only an important, but a fun, part of child care.

Center-based providers, both non-profit and for-profit, participating in the program work directly with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Food and Nutrition Services. Family child care providers who participate in the program must submit a monthly menu which follows the food and nutrition guidelines governing the program. To sign up, simply contact the Child Care Food Program sponsor in your community, who will assist you in completing al program paperwork and explain the nutrition requirements and paperwork.

For more information, or to locate your local Child Care Food Program sponsor, call 465-8711, or check the website at