Good Nutrition Starts Early…and You Can Help!

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program through the USDA that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children enrolled at participating childcare centers and adults who are enrolled in adult daycare centers. At this time, there is not an opportunity for adult daycare centers to register with The Planning Council. Click here for the USDA non-discrimination statement.

The Planning Council sponsors the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Maryland/DC and Virginia.  If you operate a childcare program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program helps you serve nutritious meals and snacks to children. With reimbursements and training, the CACFP makes quality childcare more affordable for many families.

This page includes various resources for current CACFP providers based on locality.


New CACFP Documents from The Planning Council:

The Planning Council wants to make sure you have all of the tools you need to process claims, schedule menus, and other important activities within the CACFP’s online software and required paperwork.

Follow the link below to access resources available on the KidKare Training website.

These downloadable documents are provided to help childcare providers in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. navigate through the CACFP easily and accurately.  Please click on the titles to view the documents.


In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.