Family & Food

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Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federal program that

  • gives reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks served every day.
  • encourages physical activity daily.
  • insures the safe environment of a state registered home.
  • supports working families.

For more information on CACFP, visit the USDA website or go to the national CACFP website.


If you are a registered daycare provider in Adams, Adair, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Taylor or Union County or if you would like a list of providers in these counties please contact us.

Julie Schultz, CACFP Coordinator
at the Union County Extension Office

500 E. Taylor St., Suite A
Creston, IA  50801

Information for Providers

Approved CACFP Trainings

Submit claims easily and securely online.

Reference these charts to know what food groups and how much of each food group to serve to which age bracket.

These documents indicate which food are creditable and which are not creditable according to the USDA and Iowa CACFP.

Use these documents when serving infants.

If an infant or child needs to avoid specific foods for a medical reason, reimbursement is allowed only if a recognized medical authority has documented the need for the exception.

Suggested daily attendance record sheet.


Maximum Capacity of Children, by Category

Enjoy this Iowa State publication filled with information, ideas, and resources for the family child care provider. Iowa Family Child Care Handbook

Watching the weather is part of a child care provider's job. Planning for playtime, field trips, or weather safety is part of the daily routine. The changes in weather require the child care provider to monitor the health and safety of children. Child Care Weather Watch

Information for Parents

Let your families know what to look for in a quality child care through his handout.  If families are looking for child care, they probably have a good idea of what they want — a place that is safe, happy, and loving, where children can learn and have fun.  At the same time, child care must also meet their needs.  Child care should be convenient, affordable, and offer care when they need it. 

Checklist for Parents

Helpful Links for Providers and Parents

Iowa State University - Food, Nutrition, and Health
Here you will find tips to encourage healthy lifestyles in your home. 

Iowa State University - Home and Family
Here you will find  beneficial information for your family and the families you serve.