The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursement funds to early childhood programs in Minnesota and Iowa serving healthy meals. Partners in Quality Care works with early childhood programs to help them sign up for the CACFP, making participation in the program easy!

Our team members take on the administrative and financial tasks of the CACFP, which includes providing forms, processing paperwork, training staff, and coordinating with state and federal agencies on your behalf.

Find out why Partners in Quality Care is the largest sponsor of unaffiliated child care centers in Minnesota and Iowa.

Do You Qualify?

Your early childhood program can participate in the CACFP if you are a:

  • Nonprofit licensed child care center
  • For-profit licensed child care center, and if 25% of the families at your center meet income guidelines

The Benefits of CACFP

  • Financial Reimbursement: Programs on the CACFP receive funds for up to 2 meals and 1 snack, or 1 meal and 2 snacks per enrolled child each day.
  • Nutrition: As a licensed child care center, you are already required to provide meals and snacks that meet ⅓ of the Recommended Dietary Allowance. The CACFP meal pattern requirements are designed to satisfy this requirement. By working with Partners In Quality Care you will have access to our registered dietitian at no cost to your program. And participating in the CACFP means that your program can afford to provide healthy meals and snacks!

Let Us Sponsor You

Partners In Quality Care makes it easy to participate in the CACFP by being your sponsor! We take on the paperwork and the liability, and help you every step of the way. This includes the following:

Our team will submit your center’s application to the Department of Education on your behalf. If your center is a for-profit facility, we will document that at least 25% of the participants in attendance meet the income guidelines.

We provide education and training for your adult daycare center employees. This helps them understand the rules of the CACFP including menus, meal service and required paperwork.

We provide forms, process paperwork, train staff, and coordinate with state and federal agencies on your behalf.

To receive funds, your center will be required to keep track of which participants are eating at each meal and snack. We can help you learn how to keep track on paper or provide you with a free app that can be used on a computer or mobile device.

Members of our team will visit your early childhood program regularly to see how things are going and to help with any new training or process changes.

All menus will be reviewed by a registered dietitian for compliance with the CACFP meal pattern and state licensing requirements.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

How Much Work is the CACFP?

Being a part of the CACFP adds just a few extra steps for most licensed early childhood programs. If you are already providing meals to the children in your care, you are already doing most of what you need to do to receive CACFP funds.

Every day, you need to:

  • Keep attendance records
  • Record which of the children ate by using paper or an easy mobile app
  • Record your menu

Every month, you need to:

  • Send your meal counts, menus, and receipts to Partners in Quality Care

Every year, you need to:

  • Have families fill out income forms
  • Receive hands-on training from Partners in Quality Care


Partners in Quality Care is a leading CACFP sponsor and child care advocate. If your early childhood program could benefit from funds to help pay for food, contact us today! We can help you navigate the paperwork and processes of the CACFP.

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