Participating daycare homes and centers may be approved to claim up to two reimbursable meals (Breakfast, Lunch, or Supper) and one snack, or two snacks and one meal, to each eligible child, each day.
Participants on the CACFP cannot charge separate fees for meals while participating on program. Higher payments (Tier 1) are paid to homes in low-income areas and to low-income providers. Meals and snacks served to children who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals also receive higher rates of reimbursement. Childcare centers must obtain an IE from every participant on the program and the family has a reimbursement rate as follows: Free, Reduced, or Paid.
Meal Type Tier 1 Tier 2
Breakfast $1.39 $0.50
Lunch/Supper $2.61 $1.58
Snack $0.78 $0.21
Tier 1- A maximum of $5.72 per child per day reimbursement is allowed for each Tier 1 child
Tier 2- A maximum of $3.20 per child per day reimbursement is allowed for each Tier 2 child
Home Provider Tiering Status will be determined by Quality Care Services, Inc. staff using one of the following:
Elementary School Boundary • Census Tract
Census Averaging • Provider Income • Parent Income
Meal Type Free Reduced Paid
Breakfast $1.89 $1.59 $0.32
Lunch/Supper $3.51 $3.11 $0.33
Snack $0.96 $0.48 $0.08
Cash in Lieu will be provided for Lunch/Dinner meals. Click here for details
Childcare Centers are reimbursed typically within a week of the submitted claim.
Be sure to allow 5-7 days for processing.
Current Reimbursement Rates:
July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021
Home Daycare Providers Childcare Center
Home Daycare Providers Childcare Center
Tier I Providers:
You may want to complete the Income Form if you are wanting to consider your own child for reimbursement.
Providers may only count their own child when a daycare child is present. Provider Income Eligibility Form - click here
Tier II Providers:
You may choose to be a Tier II- MIX Provider, which means some families may qualify for the Tier I rate of reimbursement.
A different Income Eligibility Form is used and can be found here:
Free and Reduced Participants:
After Parent/Guardian has completed the Enrollment Form, if you feel they may qualify for Free or Reduced Meals based upon the Income Listed, refer to these income guidelines. Free and Reduced Income Guidelines - click here
After Parent/Guardian has completed the Enrollment Form, if you determined they are in the Paid Category based upon the information listed, the use of the Income Eligibility Guidelines is not needed.
All enrolled participants MUST have the Center Enrollment Form Completed. Center Enrollment Form - click here
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