Childcare is America’s Business
The CACFP went through many significant changes and revisions from the version we know today. The CACFP was established in 1968 by Congress under the National School Lunch Act. At this time, the food program was only available to childcare centers in low-income areas. At this time, the CACFP was known as the Child Care Food Program.
Almost 10 years later, the food program expanded to family child care homes that met State licensing requirements and were supervised by a sponsoring organization. The nonprofit sponsoring organizations were in charge of keeping the childcare homes in compliance with Federal and State regulations as set by the Child Care Food Program.
In 1978, the food program expanded even more by providing coverage to all nonprofit institutions, child care centers, day care homes and afterschool daycare. And by 1981, they were including mentally and physically handicapped persons of all ages who were enrolled in the eligible daycare homes or centers.
In 1987, Congress revised the Child Care Food Program to include a new adult age bracket and later changed the name to what we know today – the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
In 1996, the reimbursement structure was revised for family child care homes. The law created two tiers of rates, allowing child care homes in lower income areas the ability to receive higher reimbursements.
In 1998, the CACFP was authorized to provide reimbursements for snacks to children in “At-Risk” afterschool centers. This law also expanded to emergency shelters, which allowed food services to participate in the CACFP and provide reimbursements for food given to eligible children in emergency and homeless shelters.
In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was signed into law, which revised and structured the CACFP even more. This act identified the CACFP as an important food program that promotes healthy development in young children.
April 2016, the USDA made the first changes to the CACFP Meal Pattern, which go into effect October 2017.
October 2017, the new Meal Pattern Implementation will begin.
“CACFP helped my business by making sure I could keep my costs low. The food program helps pay for the food that I serve the children, and it’s nutritious food so they’re getting all the best.”