Child Care Centers, Head Starts and Emergency Shelters


The Child Care Center portion of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) assists child care centers, before-and-after-school programs, Head Start programs, and emergency shelters in providing nutritious meals and snacks to children from birth through 12 years of age, 15 years old for children of migrant workers, and through 18 years for Emergency Shelters. Youth with disabilities that require care and are in a center where most children are 18 years old and younger also receive meal benefits.

Child Care Centers, Head Starts, and Emergency Shelters
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Drug Administration


Child care centers must provide nonresidential care services (except emergency shelters), and be licensed or approved to operate by state, local, or CACFP child care standards. Child care centers may either participate independently, as a sponsored facility or as an organization that sponsors the food program at other facilities.

The first part of the application process involves participation in CACFP Basic Training either in-person or on-line. In-person CACFP Basic Training is held monthly at the Utah State Board of Education monthly and can be registered for on Eventbrite.

Register for the on-line CACFP Basic Training.

For additional application information, contact our office at (801) 538-7680.

Application documents can be requested at the end of either the in-person or on-line training.

For help understanding basic qualification requirements or if you need assistance with the application process please contact USBE CNP.


Program training and technical assistance is offered to all participating institutions, and to those who are considering participation. Included is annual trainings for institutions to introduce new or updated policy, monthly New Center Trainings, as well as individual center training upon request.



Posted are a number of sample forms specific to these programs. For additional forms that apply to all programs, visit the CACFP page.

For additional forms contact your CACFP Specialist. For forms created by the institution, please contact your specialist for review to make sure they collect required program information.


Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement is provided to for-profit and non-profit child care and adult day care centers based on meals served to children at the established free, reduced, and paid rate depending on the eligibility of the child or adult being served. Sponsors of Head Start/Early Start, afterschool meal centers, and emergency/homeless shelters are reimbursed at the federally established free rate for meals served to eligible participants.

2018 CACFP Reimbursement Rates

Claims for reimbursement for this program are due to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) no later than the fifth working day of the month (to receive a deposit by the end of that month).

Claims must be submitted:

  • No later than 60 days from the end of the month being claimed
  • Once a claim has been submitted, you can amend the claim within 90 days if you are claiming additional meals, and anytime if you are claiming fewer meals.

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