CACFP Information for Family Child Care Homes


Benefits for Family Child Care Homes

Who does CACFP serve in family child care homes?

  • Infants and children under age 13.
  • Migrant children under age 15.
  • Individuals with disabilities who receive care in in a child care center where most participants are under age 18.

Why apply to CACFP?

For child care centers, participation in CACFP:

  • Helps cover the cost of two meals and a snack per child each day that are aligned with licensing rules. Savings can be used for other child care program needs.
  • See how much money you might receive:
  • Offers nutrition education and professional development opportunities for child care center staff.
  • Supports marketing of the program to families who want their children to receive nutritious meals.
  • Can support the cost of staff responsible for carrying out the CACFP program.

For children, participation in CACFP:

  • Exposes them to new, healthy foods.
  • Provides healthy meals so they can learn, thrive, and be curious about the world around them. 
  • Supports their social skills and language development during meal time.

For families, participation in CACFP:

  • Helps them stretch their food resources at home.
  • Supports the healthy development of their children during the critical early years.
  • Provides ideas about different meal choices to try at home.

Family Child Care Home Printable Brochure in English.

Family Child Care Home Printable Brochure in Español (Spanish).


How to Apply

Under the supervision of one of our sponsoring organizations, a licensed family child care home provider in Colorado may participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Multiple sponsors serve the same areas. Sponsors help providers enroll. They also serve as nutrition consultants and partner with providers to:

  • Meet program requirements using the means (hard copy or technology) comfortable to the provider.
  • Provide inspiration and strategies for planning menus and serving healthy, culturally diverse meals.
  • Support teaching young children about their nutritional and health needs.
  • Guide providers with best practices for feeding young children.

Find a family child care home sponsor.