CACFP Program Information

Who can join

You may join the Child and Adult Care Food Program either as a single-site center or as a sponsor of centers (multiple sites).

  • Child care centers.

  • Adult day care centers.

  • At-risk afterschool programs.

  • Homeless/emergency shelters.

  • Other early education facilities.

Eligibility requirements

  • All centers must be licensed by a federal, state, or local authority.

  • Private centers must meet at least one of the following:

    • Have federal tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.

    • Receive Title XX benefits from the Department of Human Services (Child Care Assistance Payments) for at least 25 percent of the eligible enrolled participants or 25 percent of licensed capacity.

    • Have at least 25 percent of the eligible enrolled participants or 25 percent of licensed capacity made up of participants correctly classified as Free or Reduced using valid, signed, dated, and approved Income Eligibility Forms.

    • Receive Title XIX (Medicaid) benefits or Title XX benefits for adult day care participants.