The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded meal program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks served to eligible children enrolled for care at participating centers.
A variety of public or private nonprofit child care centers and Head Start programs which are licensed or approved to provide day care services participate in CACFP. For-profit centers that serve lower income children may also be eligible to participate.
Our How to Apply webpage outlines complete application instructions for facilities interested in operating the CACFP in Arizona.
Centers operating the CACFP must submit a renewal application annually to continue program participation each program year. Forms and resources available to assist are available on our Renewal Resources webpage.
The Arizona Department of Education conducts Administrative Reviews (ARs) of all sponsoring organizations operating the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) at least once during each three-year review cycle. The objectives of the AR are to:
Determine whether program requirements are met
Provide technical assistance
Secure any needed corrective action
Assess fiscal action and, when applicable, recover improperly paid funds.
The upLIFT webpage is created to learn and get inspired on how and what you feed your participants. We hope you share your successes and ideas to teach your colleagues of Arizona. Together we can influence positive dietary behaviors in children and adults!
Interested in enrolling in a CACFP facility? Please select “Center Directory” to view a directory of facilities currently operating the CACFP in Arizona.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation, Life Time Foundation, and Whole Kids Foundation! These organizations are part of the newly formed ScratchWorks Collective and are dedicated to improving the quality of school meals and love sharing their expertise with school nutrition professionals. These partners look forward to supporting 10 Arizona Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in a three-phase program to help operators regain their kitchens and menus as they recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chef Ann Foundation will kick-off this collaborative work by sending a culinary trained school food operational expert to each of the selected LEAs for a one-day on-site consultation to create a two-year plan with built-in mentoring designed to transform your kitchens, develop your staff, and take control of your finances to support the menu of your dreams.