Child Care Food Program

Earn More With The Child Care Food Program

 ***Eligible providers: please complete the annual child care food program assessment*** If you cannot view the form copy/paste this URL in new window: or contact your program contact if you need assistance 

The Child Care Food Program gives you an opportunity to provide higher quality snacks and meals for the children in your care. Your participation also demonstrates commitment to good child nutrition for current and prospective parents — giving you a competitive edge.

As a participant, you will receive a monthly reimbursement check to help cover meal and snack expenses. The USDA sets the annual rate of reimbursement (per meal/snack served), and these checks can be deposited directly into your account each month. A licensed or exempt child care program could receive up to $121 each month for a child who was served breakfast, lunch and snack to one child ($1,452 yearly).* A home provider could receive almost $95 per child each month ($1,135 yearly).* Group child care homes and nonprofit at-risk afterschool programs may also receive reimbursement.

*The reimbursement rates are subject to change and will vary based on family income or location. Estimates are based on 250 business operating days.

Quality Care for Children is an approved home and administrative sponsor by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. There are advantages to participating in our sponsorship:

  • Training/enrollment at your center/home
  • Service in all 159 Georgia counties
  • Direct deposit
  • Help with menu planning
  • Online claiming using Minute Menu (optional for homes only)
  • Friendly and professional staff available during business hours
  • Almost $4.50 per child each day (breakfast, lunch and snack)

Our program is staffed to provide assistance through every step of the program. Enroll today!

What others are saying:

We’ve been able to allocate the money saved to other parts of our program, which helps to increase the overall quality. Having a sponsor helps to decrease the human errors that can happen when you are working alone to meet and document all of the daily requirements. Plus, QCC helps to simplify everything and provides much needed technical support when you need it. Our parents will see some of the items on our monthly menu or from the featured recipe, such as kale chips, and ask us how we got the children to eat it. Read more. 

Shemeka Maddox, Atlanta School of Excellence

We learned so much about the preparation of the food and how it affects the children. We now know that what and how you serve food is directly tied to  children’s mental and physical growth. If a child is hungry, he can not focus or learn and many of our kids do not get good meals until they come to us. Since we began working with QCC, we have seen a noticeable improvement in the children’s attitudes as well as that they are excited and open to trying different foods. Read more. 

Evelyn Cookley, Family Literacy Center

CACFP Operational Forms

Click here to download our day-to-day operational forms.

CACFP Checks

Family Child Care HomesChild Care Centers
The October 2015 reimbursement checks and direct deposit funds for forms received on time were released on Monday, November 23, 2015. If your reimbursement is received through direct deposit, please check with your bank to insure that funds are available. If you do not receive your check within five business days, please call your office contact person.

Sharon Ginn (A-K) 404-479-4254
Carmen Barton (L-Z) 404-479-4245

For all claims October 2015 received or post marked by November 5, 2015, reimbursements were released Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Please check with your bank to insure that funds are available. If you do not receive your check within five business days, call your office contact immediately.

Sharon Ginn 404-479-4254
Jerald Savage 404-479-4255

Minute Menu for Center & Home Programs

Minute Menu logoMinute Menu offers business management software for all aspects of the child care food program and for the home child care and center child care markets. Since 1993, Minute Menu has been providing quality, money-saving child care software solutions for USDA food program sponsors and child care providers. Minute Menu is free for child care programs sponsored by Quality Care for Children!

Enroll with Quality Care for Children

Minute Menu CX (for center programs)Minute Menu HX (for home programs)
Minute Menu CX is the premier CACFP management software for independent child care centers participating in the USDA Food Program. Current Clients report an overall increase in reimbursements by automating their food program recordkeeping, using Minute Menu CX. With Minute Menu CX, you can:
    • Track enrollments (with all information required by the USDA Food Program)
    • Automatically classify children as Free, Reduced, or Paid
    • Record daily meal attendance and in/out times
    • Automatically scan written daily meal count records, for claims processing and for long term archiving to satisfy state auditors
    • Easily estimate attendance and plan menus
    • Prepare USDA menu production records, with quantity estimates and quantity requirements
    • Review monthly Milk Audits to track actual milk inventory vs. USDA milk serving requirements
    • Track all Food Program expenses

Minute Menu screenshotMinute Menu HX is a comprehensive CACFP management system for Sponsors, designed both to radically reduce operating costs by automating virtually all aspects of a Sponsor’s operation and to substantially improve program integrity by helping ensure federal and state policies are accurately and easily followed. It is used by about 300 sponsors in 40 states covering 85,000 family child care providers — roughly 60% of the food program nationwide has chosen to use Minute Menu because the features it offers (and the support we provide our Sponsors) are without comparison. And it’s used by Sponsors with anywhere from 20 family child care homes to 5,000 family child care homes. So regardless where you are, or how large your food program is, Minute Menu is for you! Minute Menu helps Sponsors manage all aspects of their operations, allowing detailed analysis and reporting on:
  • Provider files
  • Child files
  • Home visit / review files
  • Claim files
  • Menu & attendance records
  • Provider payments (checks & direct deposits)
  • Provider training
  • Messages / call logs & issue (corrective action) tracking

Besides providing detailed management tools (with over 100 reports) in each of those areas, it also automates several key areas of your operation:

      • Claim processing
      • Home visit planning & tracking
      • Annual child re-enrollments

The most useful automation tool that it provides is claim processing. Minute Menu HX will actually examine meal & attendance records for you, determine which meals are valid and which ones aren’t, check a provider’s capacity, make sure school aged children aren’t claimed when they shouldn’t be, ensure no child is claimed more than 2 meals & a snack (or 2 snacks & a meal)… it actually performs over 150 edit checks on every food, every child, every meal, every day. And from these edit checks, it produces a claim for each provider with Tier 1 & Tier 2 meal counts and a detailed error letter that the provider can review (in English or Spanish).


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