This brief provides an overview of opportunities, challenges, and steps to expand the participation of home-based child care (HBCC) providers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is a federal child nutrition program that helps pay for meals provided in child care settings. Based on expert interviews and a review of the literature, we first provide background on HBCC providers and CACFP to set the context and then summarize findings about the barriers these providers face to participating in CACFP. We conclude with a discussion of recommendations, possible impacts of improving participation, and areas where we need more information. This information is particularly relevant for policymakers given the increased focus on HBCC during the pandemic, the pending reauthorization of the federal child nutrition programs (including CACFP), and the recent passage of major new child care investments as part of the pandemic relief packages.
This brief provides an overview of opportunities, challenges, and steps to expand the participation of home-based child care (HBCC) providers in subsidies provided by the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which is the major federal-state child care assistance program.