bellas salad CACFPThe Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a Federal program that provides reimbursement to income eligible caregivers for healthy meals and snacks served to children and adults receiving day care. Each day more than 2.6 million children participate in CACFP. The program plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care.

If you choose to join DCCDA/ Positive Bright Start’s food program, here are some of the extra services you will receive:

  • Nutrition Notes newsletter with nutrition information, recipe and meal planning ideas.
  • Trainings and workshops (in-service) which focus on nutrition, health & safety, and exercise.
  • Full access to the literacy library which includes nutrition books, games, kits and other educational items for you to use in your childcare home. We also have a wide variety of books on taxes, child development and guidance, curriculum, health & safety, and other child care topics.

Requirements to Participate

  • You must be a licensed child care home.
  • You must agree to feed all children, ages newborn through 12 years old, by USDA standards.
  • Keep an accurate count of all children served at each meal or snack.
  • Deliver all menus and required paperwork to DCCDA/ Positive Bright Start by the 3rd of the following month by 4:30 p.m.
  • Attend 2 hours of nutrition training each year.
  • Allow DCCDA/Positive Bright STart to review your home at least three times a year.


Where to find Food Program, Nutrition Tidbits.


For more information on CACFP, or a start up visit, please call our office at 785-842-9679, and speak with Lisa or Marsha.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2)   Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)   Email:

Download the CACFP Brochure