The Charlie Brown Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) was established in 1970. Regulations originate through the United States Department of Agriculture.
Providers are contracted with the CACFP to submit menus, attendance records and enrollment forms for all children in their home care setting. State registration is mandatory for all home care providers before reimbursement contracts can be completed.
The Charlie Brown Child Care Board of Directors has formatted policies and procedures that comply with state and federal regulations required for the CACFP. Charlie Brown offers opportunities for educational training of home providers in the areas of nutrition, safety, health issues, first aid, and CPR. Providers must document courses completed before annual renewal of contracts.
Charlie Brown accepts home providers in seven North Iowa counties including Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Mitchell, Floyd, Worth, Hancock and Butler. Initial home visits provide detailed information about the responsibilities of the home provider and Charlie Brown as the sponsor of CACFP. Charlie Brown will visit each home provider at least 3 times a year to insure regulations of the CACFP.
175 home providers are participating in the Charlie Brown CACFP. There are Five staff employed by Charlie Brown to educate and regulate home providers and to promote the opportunities of CACFP.