CARE FOOD PROGRAM (CCFP)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
training requirements for participation in the CCFP?
Yes, all CCFP participants are required to attend an
annual agreement/nutrition training in order to remain
Are there monitoring requirements for
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.