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Child and Adult Food Program Expansion

The Healthy Tots Act (HTA) requires child care facilities (centers and homes) that enroll 50% of more children who are eligible for the child care subsidy program to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Expanding the reach of CACFP through HTA achieves goals:

  1. Ensuring that the District’s infants and toddlers have consistent access to high-quality, nutritious meals; and
  2. Supporting child care facilities’ capacity to serve high-quality, nutritious meals by providing local funds to supplement the existing federal CACFP reimbursement.

Child care facilities that fall into this group may apply for a CACFP participation waiver, if they feel their organization is not equipped to operate the Program. The fiscal year 2016 waiver application must be submitted no later than Dec. 21, 2015. Organizations that are granted a waiver may apply for CACFP participation before the waiver expires on Oct. 1, 2016. Waivers will be made available annually; however, OSSE encourages facilities to use the waiver time period to prepare for CACFP participation.

Healthy Tots Act