What is the Child and Adult Care Food Program?
The Nurturing Center sponsors the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Northwest Montana, covering Lake, Lincoln, Sanders and Flathead counties. The CACFP is a federal program that provides funding for nutritious meals and snacks provided to children while they are enrolled in child care with a qualifying provider. The CACFP’s commitment is to help improve the health of children and adults throughout Montana.
To achieve this goal, the CACFP encourages qualifying child care providers to:
- Offer a wide variety of nutritious foods and beverages, for optimal growth and development
- Encourage breastfeeding, serve iron fortified infant formula, and low-fat milk, with meals, to appropriate age groups, providing calcium for development, growth and strong bones
- Serve foods and meats low in fat, to reduce saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol intake
- Choose and prepare foods with little salt or added sugar, to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce risk of chronic disease
- Serve foods made with enriched or whole grains, to provide fiber and maintain a healthy body weight
- Serve foods with, at least, 1 good source of vitamin A every other day, for healthy eyesight, skin, hair and brain development
- Serve foods with, at least, 1 good source of vitamin C every day, as an antioxidant, aiding in the body’s absorption of Iron
- Serve foods with 3 to 4 good sources of Iron daily, to carry oxygen through the body, maintain energy levels and growth of cells
- To provide a Family Style meal service in order to encourage the growth of each child’s motor skills and social interaction skills
- Promote daily physical activity to encourage the lifelong habit of a healthy active lifestyle
- Practice food safety in order to ensure only the very best for the children in our communities
What is a qualifying provider? How do I become one?
Qualifying Providers have a current registration or license with the State of Montana’s Early Childhood Services Bureau and operate a;
- Family child care facility whose ratio = 1 adult to 6 children
- Group child care facility whose ratio = 2 adults to 12 children
For more information please contact The Nurturing Center at 406-756-1414 and speak with our CACFP Manager Amy Mansir or email her here. (link)
Please note: The Nurturing Center’s CACFP Program does not serve Center based child care facilities. For information on Center CACFP benefits, call 1-800-307-9333. In addition The Nurturing Center does not serve Drop-In child care facilities as they are not eligible for registration or license in the State of Montana.
What is required of me if I qualify and would like to participate in the CACFP?
- To maintain eligibility to receive benefits from this program, early care educators need a total of 4 hours of annual training. These 4 hours consist of 2 hours of program management education and 2 hours of nutrition or food safety training. The Nurturing Center offers a wide variety of low cost or free, fun, and interesting classes to help better serve and care for the children in your facilities.
- Your participation in a minimum of 3 yearly visits to your facility by a member of our CACFP staff in order to monitor your meal procedures and encourage education.
- Serve and track the healthy meals and foods that the CACFP requires
- Submit monthly attendance and menu claims via the online claims service provided through KidKare.com
What do I receive in return for being a Participating Child Care Provider?
- Meal reimbursement processed monthly through a check or direct deposit to the banking account of your choosing.
- Nutrition, food safety, and physical activity education at low to no cost to you for yourself and your facility employees.
- Education on Child Care administrative matters and how to better organize and promote your facility as a business
- For easy CACFP endorsed recipes Click Here
- For a helpful guide for encouraging breastfeeding in your childcare facility Click Here
- For ‘One Child, One Year’- a basic overview of the reimbursement scale for a daycare center Click Here
- For The Food Allergy Book – a guide to help handle and properly deal with food allergies in school and childcare facility settings Click Here
Visit CACFP for more information, call Amy Mansir at 406-756-1414 or email Amy Mansir .
Department of Public Health and Human Services
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
P.O. Box 202925 Helena, MT 59620-2925
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