The Child Care Food Program (CCFP) is federally funded and regulated by Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In Florida, the Department of Health, Food and Nutrition Management Office administers CCFP.
4C sponsors the CCFP in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. 4C sponsors child care centers, Head Start sites, as well as licensed family child care home providers in this program.
Nutrition is an important part of a good child care program. Children need a variety of foods each day in order to meet their energy demands and to help them build strong bodies and minds. No one food provides children with all the nutrients their young bodies require to grow and stay healthy.
The CCFP strives to improve the diets of children in child care and to promote nutrition education. Child care providers participating in the CCFP are reimbursed for meals and snacks. They have access to nutritional resources, training and technical assistance.
All of the meals claimed for reimbursement must meet food component and minimum portion requirements set by the USDA. This is called a meal pattern. Click on Download Central for a sample of menu ideas.
If you are a licensed Family Child Care Home or Center and would like more information about the Child Care Food Program, call 407-522-2252 ext. 4234.