Child Development Services

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Family Child Care
Food Program



Little girl eating corn.Family Child Care Food Program

The Family Child Care Food Program (FCCFP) is a nutrition program that reimburses home child care providers for serving healthy meals and snacks that meet simple meal pattern requirements to the children in their care.

The FCCFP is designed to ensure that children in child care receive the best possible nutrition to help them grow up strong and healthy and to help establish healthy eating habits for life.

The FCCFP is a component of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program(CACFP).

FCCFP serves 6 counties in West Virginia: Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne.

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Why is the Family Child Care Food Program (FCCFP) important?

  • FCCFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for many low-income families.
  • FCCFP provides nutritious meals and snacks to children.
  • FCCFP ensures that young children in child care have access to a nutritious diet and improved eating habits through nutrition education.

Why participate in the Family Child Care Food Program (FCCFP)?

Participating in the food program is truly a win/win/win situation!

  • The children win because they're eating nutritious meals and snacks;
  • Your child care business wins because families looking for child care will appreciate the peace of mind that comes from knowing their children will receive balanced meals (not to mention that they won't have to pack meals and snacks for their kids!);
  • You win because the financial reimbursement helps you with your food expenses, and the nutrition training you receive can benefit your own family as well!

Who is eligible to participate?

Any child age 12 or under that is attending the child care home is entitled to meals.
Including:

  • Children that are related to the provider ex. Grandchildren, nieces, nephews
  • Children subsidized by the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)
  • Children that you are not being paid to watch
  • Infants are also eligible

**You may be able to claim your own children if you meet basic income eligibility requirements, if your child is enrolled in the program (which means that you fill out the same enrollment form that the families must complete), and non-resident children must be eating the same meal. For example, if your child is the only child in the home for lunch, your child cannot be claimed for that meal.

How are meals reimbursed?

Upon enrollment in the FCCFP, the child care home is classified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 home based on the location of the home.

Participating home will submit a menu to the FCCFP that reflects the foods served to the children during the month.

Reimbursements are based on the number of meals served to enrolled children, multiplied by the appropriate reimbursement rate for each breakfast, lunch, supper, or snacks they are approved to serve. Participating homes receive reimbursement for meals on a monthly basis

The meal reimbursement rates are federal rates that are published annually.

July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 rates

  Tier 1 Tier 2
Breakfast $1.24 $0.45
Lunch/Dinner $2.32 $1.40
Snack $0.69 $0.19

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