Since 1977, JCCDC has served as the sponsor for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) under the United States
Department of Agriculture for licensed family day care providers. The Child and Adult Care Food Program
(CACFP) is a federally funded program that provides meal reimbursements to eligible childcare centers and
family day care homes for serving nutritious meals and snacks as a part of their program. Participating
centers agree to serve meals as outlined in the CACFP meal pattern guidelines and to serve creditable
foods. These facilities may provide breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks (morning, afternoon, and evening).
The Alabama State Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Programs, contracts with Jefferson
County Child Development Council to provide this service as an Administrative Sponsor in Blount, Jefferson,
Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker counties. To date, over 350 licensed family day care and group homes have
contracted with the JCCDC in this program. The goal of the CACFP is to improve and maintain the health and
nutritional status of children in care while promoting the development of good eating habits.
Family day care home participants receive reimbursement according to their licensed capacity, the number and type
of meals served, and the number of working days in a month. This assistance allows providers to serve
well-balanced meals to children in their care. In addition to the administration of the cash
reimbursement to family day care providers who serve meals and snacks that meet USDA requirements,
the Child and Adult Care Food Program provides training in child nutrition. A Registered Dietician and
the JCCDC nutrition staff prepare monthly menus, visit family day care providers to ensure that USDA
requirements are met, conduct mini-workshops on nutrition in family day care/group homes for both the
provider and the children, plan and conduct food and nutrition group workshops for participating family
providers four times each year, and publish a newsletter, "The Provider's Pantry." which gives nutrition
information, hints, tips, recipes, and suggestions on child care.
To learn more about USDA go to www.usda.gov/topics/food-and-nutrition.