Child Care Food Program (CACFP)
Earn more with the Child Care Food Program! 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 a 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. 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
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)
*The reimbursement rates are subject to change and will vary based on family income or location. Estimates are based on 250 business operating days.
Our program is staffed to provide assistance through every step of the program.
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Minute Menu Software
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!
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+ Minute Menu CX (for child care learning center programs)
Minute Menu CX is the premier CACFP management software for independent child care learning 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
+ KidKare (for family child care learning home programs)
KidKare is a comprehensive web-based CACFP software program for child care learning homes. The free software helps programs record daily meals, plan menus, maintain compliance with the food program, catch errors for non-creditable foods, and submit claims to QCC. Because KidKare is web-based, it can be accessed from any device with an internet connection (e.g., phone, tablet, laptop, desktop).
For claims for December 2018 received or post marked by 1/7/19, reimbursements were released 2/1/19.
Ina Lyons 404-479-4255
Jemekia Belle 404-479-4194
Scott Kimble 404-479-4173
Avis Jones 404-479-4193
The December 2018 reimbursement checks and direct deposit funds for forms received on time were released on 1/18/19. Claims received late were released 1/25/19.
Carmen Barton 404-479-4245
If you do not receive your check within five business days, please call your office contact person. If your reimbursement is received through direct deposit, please check with your bank to ensure that funds are available.
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: email@example.com. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.