Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Children & Families First is a sponsor of the CACFP for child care programs throughout Delaware. The program ensures that children in licensed child care receive nutritionally balanced meals by reimbursing child care providers for serving meals that follow the guidelines from the U. S. Department of Agriculture.*

CFF manages the reimbursement process for approximately 300 Delaware licensed child care centers and family child care homes. We also conduct training for the participating providers, who are visited three times a year by our Food Program monitors.

Participating providers receive:

  • Monthly cash reimbursement (up to two meals and a snack per day per child)
  • Technical assistance in menu planning, record keeping, creditable foods
  • Free nutrition information and training
  • Free notary services
  • Monthly feedback

In order to join the program, a child care provider must:
  • Be licensed by the State of Delaware
  • Have at least one child enrolled
  • Be willing to serve meals that meet the USDA and Child and Adult Care Food Program/DelaCare guidelines

For helpful tips, check out the Delaware Department of Education's child nutrition information.

For more information about CFF’s Food Program, contact 302-479-1683 (for New Castle County) or 302-674-8384, ext 127 (for Kent/Sussex Counties).

September 2016 reimbursement checks were mailed and direct deposits processed on Monday, October 31, 2016. 

New Castle County CACFP Office:

Children & Families First
809 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

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The Kent and Sussex CACFP Office:

Children & Families First
91 Wolf Creek Blvd.
Dover, DE 19901

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302-674-8384 ext. 127

Useful Resources

Feeding Infants: A Guide for Use in the Child Nutrition Programs
First Years in the First State: Improving Nutrition & Physical Activity Quality, Administrators' Guide
Menu Planning Guide
Foods that Meet Delaware CACFP/Delacare Rules
A Quick Guide to Finding Healthy Foods
Partnering with Families
Family Style Meal Service
Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children
Active Play Tips

CFF Food Program Forms



* In accordance with Federal Law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the bases of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866)632-9992 (voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.