Child Care Meals

Young children need quality nutrition for healthy development.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers reimbursements, meal planning guidance, and training to help providers serve nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care. CACFP benefits everyone, helping providers to stretch their budgets, improve quality of care, and serve kids healthy foods – all at no added cost to families.

CACFP is available in many types of care settings, including home-based family, group, or legally exempt child care settings; day care centers; and afterschool programs. The NYS Department of Health’s prescreening tool can help determine if a program or provider may be eligible for CACFP.

Follow the links below to learn more about CACFP in early care settings, and visit to connect with other nutrition assistance programs available for young children.

For additional information, contact Misha Marvel, Child Nutrition Programs Specialist, or Krista Hesdorfer, CACFP Associate.

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CACFP improves the quality of meals and snacks served in home-based early care, including family day care homes and legally exempt care settings.
CACFP is an indicator of quality care in childcare centers.