USDA Centers

Determines the proper eligibility of enrolled children and maintains the family child care home and center enrollment roster in a confidential manner.
Distribute to the family child care homes and centers all necessary record keeping forms. Collect all necessary program records for claiming CCFP meal reimbursement.
Process monthly claims and distribute payment to family child care homes and centers within five(5) business days of receipt from the Department of Health.
Conduct the competitive bid process for catering services and assist centers in catering contract management.
Family Child Care Home and Child Care Center
Prepare and serve age specific meals that meet the meal pattern requirements, or serve meals that are received from an approved caterer. Provide all enrolled children the same meal at no separate cost to the parent.
Maintain on site, records of menus, program related expenditures, enrollment and attendance of all children and number of meals served. Provide these records to the sponsor by the fifth (5th) of the month following the claim month.
Attend all training sessions required by the sponsor.
The Child Care Food Program (CCFP) was established in 1968 in response to the need to provide adequate nutrition to a growing number of children in child care.
Good nutrition, the development of desirable eating habits and learning about food choices ar vital building blocks for young children. Provision must be made to ensure that these building blocks are in place to promote good health throughout life.
The goal of the CCFP is to see that well-balanced meals are served and that good eating habits are taught in child care settings. The CCFP provides reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks served to eligible children in child care centers and family child care homes.
The CCFP is administered in Florida by the Department of Health. Funding for the program is provided by the US Department of Agriculture. Childhood Development Services, Inc. (CDS) is an approved sponsoring organization for the CCFP.
The Program Serves
•Children through age 12
•Children of migrant workers through the age of 15
•Physically and mentally disabled persons of any age receiving care in a center where the majority of the persons are 18 years old or under.
Eligibility Requirements
All institutions must be licensed by a federal, state or local licensing authority and must be:
1.A public agency; or
2.A private nonprofit organization with tax exempt status 501(c)(3) conferred by the Internal Revenue Service;
3.A private for-profit organization that receives Social Services Block Grant (TitleXX) benefits for at least 25% of the eligible enrolled children or licensed capacity, whichever is less.
A child care center may participate in the program either with a sponsoring organization or as an independent center. Family child care home providers who participate in the CCFP must be affiliated with a sponsoring organization.

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