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Child Care Centers

Providers Choice has been partnering with child care centers for over 10 years to promote good nutrition at an early age. Providers Choice supports child care centers to assist with menu development, training and program support which helps the center to maximize their reimbursement potential.

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What is the Food Program?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Child care centers that sign up to participate, serve healthy meals and snacks to the children in their care and receive financial reimbursements.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any licensed non-profit center
Any licensed for-profit center where at least 25% of the children in attendance each month are from low-income households. Eligibility is determined by having families complete the Providers Choice "Annual Family CACFP Enrollment form" which we provide.

How does my center benefit?

Monthly payments for the meals and snacks you serve
Increase revenue without increasing the fees to parents
Attract families to your center because CACFP participation is an indicator of quality child care

Why choose Providers Choice?

Spend more time managing your center – let us manage the Food Program paperwork
Easily track attendance and meal counts online
We help you create nutritious menus and work with all caterers
We provide training and support to your employees and teachers
We review and submit your Food Program claims to the state



Check out this video featuring one of our Minneapolis centers! We are proud to work with centers to promote healthy eating to all of Minnesota's children.

Check out this video featuring one of our Minneapolis centers! We are proud to work with centers to promote healthy eating to all of Minnesota's children.



Participation is easy!

Record attendance & meal counts

Record menu changes
Submit claim documents to Providers Choice

Collect Annual Family CACFP Enrollment Forms for new families

Get paid through direct deposit
Collect Annual Family CACFP Enrollment Forms

Renew catering and procurement documentation (if applicable)

Complete CACFP and civil rights training for all center staff

How much can I earn?

Centers currently participating with Providers Choice typically earn between $500 to $12,000 each month.

Payment amount will depend on the type and number of meals you serve, the number of children in care and the incomes of the families you serve. Rates are calculated based on completed Annual Family CACFP Enrollment forms. Reimbursement rates are updated every July and are determined by USDA.

Current child care center rates in effect from 7/01/2020 - 6/30/2021
Breakfast Lunch/Supper Snack
Free $1.89 $3.51 $.96
Reduced $1.59 $3.11 $.48
Paid $.32 $.33 $.08
Providers may claim up to two meals and a snack or two snacks and a meal per child per day.


Center claims are submitted at the end of each month and paid on a monthly basis.

At the end of each month you will submit your claim to Providers Choice. Providers Choice submits claims weekly to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Once claims have been submitted to MDE, they are typically paid the following week on Friday.

Many foods are creditable and qualify to be served in the CACFP! Learn more

Click Join Now at the top or bottom of the page or click here to complete our CACFP Sponsorship Application. Once submitted, someone from our team will reach out to review your application, collect any additional information and discuss next steps.

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