Family and Group Child Care Homes: Licensed & Registered

Program description - Eligibility requirements - Sponsoring organizations

Home responsibilities - Reimbursement Rates - How to apply

A list of sponsoring organizations accepting licensed family and group child care homes is available in the brochure "Building Good Nutrition Through Child Care Homes". For instructions to print the brochure click here.

A list of sponsoring organizations accepting registered family child care homes is available in the brochure "Building Good Nutrition Through Registered Homes".

Program Description
The Child and Adult Care Food Program was established to improve the meals and snacks served in child and adult day care settings. Licensed and registered family child care homes and licensed group child care homes in private residences can participate in the CACFP. Home child care providers are reimbursed for nutritious meals and snacks served to children. All family and group child care homes are eligible for Tier II reimbursement rates. A higher rate (Tier I) will be paid to home providers who live in low income areas, have low income, or serve low income children.

The CACFP is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information about the Child and Adult Care Food Program, contact us.

Eligibility requirements

Sponsoring organizations
Sponsoring organizations are nonprofit or public organizations that contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. They serve as sponsors for family and group child care homes. Their responsibilities include:

Services provided by the sponsoring organization may include other services in addition to those listed above.

A list of sponsoring organizations accepting licensed family and group child care homes is available in the brochure "Building Good Nutrition Through Child Care Homes".

How to print the brochure:

The brochure is designed to be printed on legal sized paper but can be shrunk to fit on letter sized paper.

1. To print the brochure on letter sized paper:

  1. Select print.
  2. In the print window select "Fit to paper" or "Shrink large pages" next to "Page Scaling."
  3. Click on "properties". In the properties window select the Layout tab and choose Landscape.
  4. Then click OK in each window.

2. To print the brochure on legal sized paper:

  1. Select print.
  2. In the print window click on "properties". Then select the Layout tab and choose Landscape.
  3. Next select "Advanced" in the lower right hand corner of the same window. Under Paper/Output choose Legal for Pager Size.
  4. Then click OK in each window.

A list of sponsoring organizations accepting registered family child care homes is available in the brochure "Building Good Nutrition Through Registered Homes".

Home responsibilities

Reimbursement Rates
Rates are effective from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next. Please see Policy 4.3 to see current rates.

Tier I reimbursement rates are for family and group child care homes that qualify as low-income on the basis of census data, local school free and reduced lunch data, or household income.  Individual children enrolled in the family and group child care homes may also qualify for Tier I rates based on their household income.

Tier II reimbursement rates are for family and group child care homes or children that do not qualify for Tier I rates.

How to apply
To participate in CACFP, eligible family and group child care homes must sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization. Changing to another sponsoring organization is allowed ONLY ONE TIME per federal fiscal year, October through September. Therefore, family and group child care homes are encouraged to contact several sponsoring organizations before signing any agreement.

A list of sponsoring organizations accepting licensed family and group child care homes is available in the brochure "Building Good Nutrition Through Child Care Homes". 

A list of sponsoring organizations accepting registered family child care homes is available in the brochure "Building Good Nutrition Through Registered Homes".

The CACFP reimbursement will be the same no matter which sponsoring organization is chosen. However, services provided by sponsoring organizations differ and may include other services in addition to those required for CACFP.