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Child and Adult Care Food Program


The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that, in part, provides reimbursements to child care programs for nutritious meals and snacks provided to young children.  The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) through grants to states. (Meals and snacks must meet federal nutrition guidelines.) CACFP also serves children residing in participating homeless shelters and after school programs.

CACFP plays an important role in combating food insecurity while laying the foundation for future healthy eating habits. And knowing that children will receive healthy meals while at child care removes time, financial, and stress burdens for parents.

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Recent Bills Offer Needed Updates to Child Care Food Assistance  Program

December 12, 2023

Having access to nutritious food is essential to children’s healthy growth and development, and children in full-time care need multiple meals and snacks throughout the day. With the cost of …


Bipartisan Child Care Town Hall with Representatives Bonamici and Hinson

October 26, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) hosted Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) for a town hall to discuss the importance of child care in their …


House Members Introduce Bill to Help Child Care Providers Supply Nutritious Meals to Children

October 6, 2023

Earlier this month, Representatives Greg Landsman (D-OH) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)  introduced H.R. 5569, The Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act. The bill makes important updates to the Child and Adult …

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Report: States are Making Progress in Creating Integrated ECE Systems

January 25, 2023

Last week, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a state-by-state report analyzing the integration and efficiency of early care and education (ECE) systems. This report serves as a follow-up to …


Federal Legislative Agenda: Early Childhood Education in the 116th Congress

January 17, 2019

In recent years, Congress has made historic progress on behalf of America’s youngest learners through important, bipartisan policy and funding advancements around early childhood education. As a result, more children from low-income …

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