Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is committed to improving the nutritional quality of meals served to children and adults in participating child care centers, family child care homes, at-risk afterschool programs, Head Start and outside-school-hours programs, adult day care centers and emergency and homeless shelters.
CACFP reimburses these care centers for nutritious meals and snacks served to eligible children and adults using funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Child Care Centers, Adult Day Care, At-risk afterschool, Head Start, Shelters
  • To begin the application process, download and submit the CACFP New Applicant Intake Form.
    • You may also print the form and fax to us at 303-756-9926.
    • Or call us at 303-692-2330 and we'll mail you a form.
  • After we receive the completed intake form, we will contact you with more information about the application process.
Family Child Care Homes
CHEARS is the Colorado Healthy Eating Application and Reimbursement System.
Register for one of the free CACFP state training sessions for institution and site staff. Watch training videos and download information.
Meal patterns
Information on the updates to the meal pattern requirements for care centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to better align them with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Program for child care providers to increase the consumption of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables and/or on-site garden produce by children in care.
CHEARS online application and reimbursement system, manuals and guides, policy updates
General forms, record of meals served, child and adult menus and production records, list of items for centers, civil rights materials
Resources for the child care professional in meeting higher nutritional standards
Bits and Bites newsletter archive
CACFP newsletter for child and adult day care centers. For copies of earlier issues, please contact the CACFP office at 303-692-2330.
Who can participate, eligibility requirements
Child care centers, family day care homes or other early education facilities serving:
  • Infants and children through age 12.
  • Children of migrant workers through age 15.
  • Centers that provide care for physically and mentally disabled people where most children are 18 and younger.
  • Day care facilities that serve adults in a nonresidential setting.
Civil rights information
Related programs, partners and child nutrition resources