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Child and Adult Care Food Program

 

The CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) provides cash reimbursement to child and adult day care providers for serving meals and snacks meeting USDA standards to participants enrolled in care.

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The Child Care Nutrition Resource System External site disclaimer provides you with recipes, resources, and information on preparing nutritious meals and food safety. Day care providers who participate in USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and receive reimbursement for meals served, will find the information useful.

Information for Child Care Centers interested in the CACFP 

In order for a Child Care Center (or Centers) to be eligible, it/they must be operated by a non-profit corporation that has tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service (Federal) and it/they also must have non-profit corporate status with the State of Maine, which is done through the Secretary of State's office.  In addition, the Center(s) must also be licensed through the State.  They are incorporated in the State of Maine and For-profit child care centers may also be eligible for the food program if at least 25% of the children they serve are eligible for free or reduced lunch. 

CACFP funds are received on a reimbursement basis and the amount determined via a monthly reimbursement claim form which lists the number of meals served as well as the number of children served in each of the following categories: Free, Reduced-Price or Paid.  The organization receives a higher reimbursement rate for children whose households meet the income guidelines for Free, less for Reduced-Price and lesser for those in the Paid category.  These organizations who run Centers must meet CACFP regulations in terms of required food components, minimum required amounts, meal counts, CACFP enrollments that are renewed annually, etc.  They must also meet CACFP training, monitoring, non-discrimination, record-keeping, etc. requirements. 

If you operate a center and you are interested in the CACFP, contact the Child and Adult Care Food Program by calling (207) 624-7909.

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Information for Family Child Care Homes interested in the CACFP

Family Day Care Home providers must also be licensed by the State of Maine in order to be eligible for participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Home providers must also be sponsored by a non-profit organization and meet requirements for meal components, minimum required amounts, meal counts, enrollments, trainings, etc.  Home providers are reimbursed through their sponsoring organization based on a "Tiering" system.  Those eligible for Tier I rates based on household income, school data or census data receive a higher rate of reimbursement.  In addition, those providers eligible for Tier I rates based on household income (which must be verified), may also claim their own children (12 years old and younger) if other day care children are present when the meal is served.  Those providers who are not eligible for Tier I rates may elect to receive the lower reimbursement for all of the children in their care (Tier II Lower) or they may choose to receive a possible "combination" of higher Tier I and lower Tier II rates based on applications that are given to the parents of all of the children in their care (Tier II Mixed). 

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Sponsors of Licensed and Legal Unlicensed Day Care Homes

June 2013
Sponsors are listed alphabetically by their agency name.  The agencies serve a specified county or counties.  Contact the agency or agencies serving your area to get more information about joining the food program. 

In Androscoggin County, contact Androscoggin Head Start & Child Care, Catholic Charities of Maine, Community Concepts ., Family Focus, or Western Maine Community Action

In Aroostook County, contact, Aroostook County Action Program or Horizons Unlimited

In Cumberland County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine, Child Care Services of York County, Family Focus, or Midcoast Maine Community Action

In Franklin County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine, Western Maine Community Action or Community Concepts

In Hancock County, contact Child & Family Opportunities . or Waldo Community Action Partners

In Kennebec County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine or Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp.

In Knox County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine, Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp. or Penquis

In Lincoln County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine, Family Focus, Midcoast Maine Community Action, Penquis, or Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp.

In Oxford County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine or Community Concepts, Inc.

In Penobscot County, contact Aroostook County Action Program, Catholic Charities of Maine, Child & Family Opportunities, Inc., or Penquis

In Piscataquis County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine or Penquis

In Sagadahoc County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine, Family Focus or Midcoast Maine Community Action

In Somerset County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine, Penquis, or Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp.

In Waldo County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine, Child & Family Opportunities, Inc., Penquis, Southern Kennebec Child Development Corp. or Waldo Community Action Partners

In Washington County, contact Child & Family Opportunities, Inc.

In York County, contact Catholic Charities of Maine or Child Care Services of York County

If your child care home is licensed and located on a military base, contact the Child Development Center at the Brunswick Naval Air Station or the Portsmouth Navel Shipyard.

Androscoggin Head Start & Child Care (serving Androscoggin County)
Coburn School - 269 Bates Street
Lewiston, ME  04240
Michelle Davis, CACFP Coordinator
mdavis@androkids.com
795-4040, ext 330

Aroostook County Action Program (serving Aroostook County, Penobscot County (Patten))
P.O. Box 1116
Presque Isle, ME  04769
Connie Montpetit, CACFP Specialist
cmontpetit@acap-me.org
764-3721 

Catholic Charities of Maine (serving Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, & York)
CACFP
270 Minot Ave. Suite B
Auburn, ME  04210
Sonja Carvalho, Administrative Manager
scarvalho@ccmaine.org
786-0925 or 1-800-784-0157

Child & Family Opportunities. (serving Hancock, Penobscot, Waldo, & Washington Counties)
P.O. Box 648
18 Avery Lane
Ellsworth, ME  04605 
Tammy Giles, CACFP
tammyg@childandfamilyopp.org
667-2995 ext 224

Child Care Services of York County (serving Cumberland and York Counties)
P.O. Box 1389
26 Amherst St.
Sanford, Maine  04073
Heidi Williams, CACFP Specialist
heidi@carelinkme.com
324-0735

Community Concepts, Inc. (serving Androscoggin, Franklin & Oxford Counties)
P.O. Box 278, 17-19 Market Square
South Paris, ME  04281
739-6615

Family Focus (serving Androscoggin, Cumberland, Lincoln, & Sagadahoc Counties)
2 Davenport Circle
Bath, ME 04530
Roxanne Provost, CACFP Manager
roxannep@familyfocusme.org
386-1662 ext. 125

Horizons Unlimited (serving Aroostook  County)
40 Mechanic Street
Presque Isle, ME  04769
John and Deb Johnston
debjohns@myfairpoint.net
764-6659

Midcoast Maine Community Action (serving Cumberland, Lincoln, & Sagadahoc counties)
34 Wing Farm Parkway
Bath, ME 04530
Head Start Nutrition Coordinator
442-7963 ext. 213

PENQUIS (serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, Knox, Somerset, & Lincoln Counties)
262 Harlow Street
PO Box 1162
Bangor, ME  04402-1162
Willow Leavitt, CACFP Specialist
wleavitt@penquis.org
973-3506

Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation (serving Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, & Waldo Counties)
337 Maine Ave.
Farmingdale, ME  04344
Julie Shepard, CACFP Specialist
cacfpspec@skcdc.org
582-3110 ext, 36

Waldo Community Action Partners (serving Waldo and Hancock Counties)
P.O. Box 130
Belfast, ME  04915
Suzanne Boguslawski, CACFP Coordinator
sboguslawski@waldocap.org
338-6809

Western Maine Community Action (serving Franklin and Androscoggin Counties (Livermore Falls area))
20 A Church Street
P.O. Box 200
East Wilton, ME  04234
645-3764 ext. 5272 or 860-4485

Sponsors of Homes Licensed / Located on Military Bases

Child Development Center
Code 821 - Building 342
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Kittery, ME 03904
Laura Dubois, Director
Laura.Dubois@navy.mil
438-3804 or 438-2083

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