If you’re a Center Childcare Provider, The Planning Council can assist you in a variety of ways, including free technical assistance and training.

One of our most important programs helps you feed healthy and nutritious meals and snacks to the children under your care.

The Food Program (CACFP)

This program provides reimbursements for licensed providers, and The Planning Council conducts free training and professional development and provides technical assistance.  Watch this video to learn more.


  • Reimbursements for qualified food purchases
  • Access to free training and professional development
  • Online menu planning tools
  • Technical assistance to insure full and timely reimbursements
  • Online resources, including exercise and activities, container gardening, special diets, etc.
  • Serves as a marketing tool for families looking for quality family childcare options


  • Forms
  • Resources
  • FAQs

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Don’t miss out on this important program that provides both financial and technical assistance.  Remember, habits start early so healthy eating should too.  Here’s how you can apply.  You must be a licensed provider to participate in the CACFP.

Not licensed yet?

See the links below to get started.

For center childcare providers, The Planning Council is your key to unlock the benefits of the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and much of Virginia.



Contact the Virginia Department of Social Services to apply:



Contact the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Child Care Division

Washington DC

Washington DC

In the District of Columbia, contact the Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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