CACFP for Family Child Care

Resources for Parents and Providers

Welcome to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Parent and Provider Page!

CACFP for family child care provides aid to family day care homes for providing nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children.

The goal of this page is to assist parents/guardians and providers: 1) learn about CACFP; 2) find a list and the contact information for the organizations that sponsor child care providers on the food program; 3) locate resources such as a Special Diet Statement to bring to your medical provider if a special dietary accommodation is needed for your child; and 4) review the CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements detailing the types of foods that must be served for each meal and snack while your child is at child care. You may have heard that these requirements from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be changing. The Meal Pattern Requirements listed below will be implemented October 1, 2017. The sponsor organizations will be training providers on these requirements over the next months.

  • Family Child Care Sponsor List and Benefit Information This document contains information about the benefits of participating in CACFP, CACFP reimbursement rates, program requirements, how to apply for CACFP, and a list of the Minnesota family day care home sponsors.
  • Eligibility Map Child care providers can use the eligibility map to see if their home is in a Tier 1 eligible area.
  • The links below contain the meal patterns for infants and children.
  • The following webinars contain more information about managing special diets. Feel free to watch them to learn more.
  • Team Nutrition There are a number of Team Nutrition resources available for child care providers. Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for child care resources under the heading Smarter Mealtimes for Child Care.
  • Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children This handbook has tip sheets with ideas for providers on creating healthier environments for children in their care.
  • Cookbook for Homes Looking for meal ideas? Check out these recipes!
  • Healthy Start, Healthy State Researchers at the University of Minnesota recently conducted a statewide survey of child care providers to explore nutrition and physical activity practices. More information about the study, including the final study report, can be found on the Healthy Start, Healthy State webpage.

To request additional information or if you have questions please contact the Minnesota Department of Education by phone at 651-582-8526 or 800-366-8922 (toll free Minnesota only) or by email at mde.fns@state.mn.us.