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: www.bit.ly/ProgramAssessment 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 family child care learning 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 child care learning 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 child care learning center or family child care learning home
- Service in all 159 Georgia counties
- Direct deposit
- Help with menu planning
- Online claiming using Minute Menu (optional for family child care learning 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!
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CACFP Operational Forms
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Carmen Barton, Program Coordinator (A-Z) 404-479-4245
Sharon Ginn, Claims Manager
Claims for February 2017 received or post marked by March 6, 2017, reimbursements were released Monday, March 21, 2017. February 2017 reimbursements with completed documentation received untimely (after March 6th) were released on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Please check with your bank to ensure that funds are available. If you do not receive your direct deposit within five business days, call your office contact immediately.
Ina Lyons 404-479-4255
Gina Cook 404-479-4190
Carla Camp 404-479-4194
Minute Menu for Child Care Programs
Minute Menu offers business management software for all aspects of the child care food program and for the 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!
- 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
- 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).
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights
regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.