Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks served to Colorado’s children and adults in child care centers and homes, afterschool programs, emergency and homeless shelters, Head Start, Early Head Start, and outside-school-hours programs and adult day care centers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the CACFP and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment administers the program.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) 
The CACFP is here to offer support during COVID-19. Whether operating a center or day care home, the CACFP can reimburse participating institutions for the meals that they serve to our communities in need. If your institution is interested in applying, please complete this intake form
If your institution is in need of additional information about this pandemic and the resources available in Colorado, please refer to this list of reputable websites as a guide. 

The USDA Nationwide Waivers 
These nationwide waivers have been issued by the USDA in response to COVID-19 and are based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency. View the nationwide waivers and CACFP procedure memos here. 

According to USDA Policy Bulletin SP 15-2018, CACFP 12-2018, SFSP 05-2018, State Agencies must submit requests to waive Child Nutrition Program requirements to their Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regional office. Click here to see all waivers submitted to the USDA by the Colorado CACFP office as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The following waivers are still pending:

How to apply for CACFP 

  • To begin the application process, please complete and return the CACFP New Applicant Intake Form
  • Licensed family child care home providers can participate in the CACFP through a sponsoring organization.
  • When School’s Out: A comparison of child nutrition options (Afterschool Snack Program, CACFP’s afterschool program and the Summer Food Service Program). 
  • Use this cost-benefit tool to see how your program can benefit from CACFP participation.
Colorado Nutrition Portal
Sign up for one of our free training classes. Watch videos and learn more.
Check out our new Quick Bites training videos covering everything from food safety to time management.
Find new information on meal pattern requirements. They are now better matched with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

A School Food Authority (SFA) is the administering unit for the operation of a school feeding program, such as NSLP or SFSP. The application process for an SFA has streamlined requirements.

Getting kids in care programs to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and garden produce.
CNP manuals and guides, policy updates.
Record of meals served, child and adult menus and production records, list of items for centers, civil rights materials.
Tools for meeting higher nutritional standards.
CACFP newsletter - for copies of earlier issues, please contact the CACFP office at 303-692-2330.
Who can participate
Child care centers, family day care homes or other early education facilities serving:
  • Infants and children through age 12.
  • Children of migrant workers through age 15.
  • Centers that provide care for physically and mentally disabled people where most children are 18 and younger.
  • Daycare facilities that serve adults in a nonresidential setting.
Civil rights information
Related programs, partners, and child nutrition resources