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The United States Congress established the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) in 1968 to help ensure the provision of proper nutrition to a growing number of young children receiving a significant portion of their daily food intake in child care settings. The Child Care Food Program also helps children develop desirable eating habits and learn about healthy food choices at an early age. 

The CCFP is an entitlement program and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health, Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). The Child Care Association of Brevard County is a proud sponsor of the CCFP and also authorized by the Department of Health to administer the program in Brevard, Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties. 

The Child Care Association of Brevard is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive services to children and families and the USDA Child Care Food Program is one of the many services that encourages the healthy development of children.

Child Care Food Program General Information
What benefits are attached to participating in the CCFP through the Child Care Association Sponsorship?

  • Reduces food cost so more nutritious meals can be served to children.
  • Reimbursement for food and program related services
  • Child Care Association  provides training in food service, safety, and record keeping
  • Helps establish healthy, easy-to-prepare menus for the child care setting
  • Teaches children healthy eating habits
  • On-going technical assistance and nutrition training
  • Network of other caregivers participating in the Child Care Food Program

 What are the CCFP eligibility requirements?

  • Children 12 and under who are in the care of a licensed child care provider qualify for the program. (Additional information can be explained by a CCFP Specialist upon contact.)

How does the CCFP work?

  • Licensed child care providers plan and serve food using meal patterns approved by the USDA. Menus and attendance are completed and submitted on a monthly basis for reimbursement.

How are centers reimbursed?

  • Once providers have completed the preliminary requirements for starting the CCFP, they will begin maintaining records necessary for reimbursement. A CCFP Specialist will thoroughly review those requirements before participation approval. Reimbursement is issued once a month.

 Are there training requirements for participation in the CCFP?

  • Yes, all CCFP participants are required to attend an annual agreement/nutrition training in order to remain active participants.

 Are there monitoring requirements for CCFP participation?

  • Yes, an assigned Food Program Specialist will visit approved CCFP providers at least three times during the year to conduct meal reviews. These reviews are unannounced and designed to ensure program integrity. Technical assistance visits are also done when necessary or upon request.

For more information or if your Family Child Care Home or Center is interested in participating in the USDA Child Care Food Program under the Child Care Association sponsorship please call (321) 634-3500.

18 Harrison St., Cocoa, FL 32922    Main: (321) 634-3500    Fax: (321) 634-3513    [email protected]