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CSDE Public Announcement on the Child and Adult Care Food Program - CACFP

Accepting CACFP Applications on an Ongoing Basis from Public and Private Institutions for Day Care Centers and Homes in Connecticut

(HARTFORD, CT) —The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) today announced it is accepting on an ongoing basis applications from public and private institutions to become sponsors of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides nutritious meals and snacks at no separate cost to enrolled participants, including infants, young children and adults receiving services in day care centers, as well as infants and children living in emergency shelters. Sponsoring institutions serve meals to all participants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

More than 325 local child care centers and adult day care centers in Connecticut participate in the CACFP through 135 locally sponsored programs and provide nutritious meals to more than 19, 400 participants daily.

Approximately 820 day care home provider locations throughout the state also participate in the CACFP under the sponsorship of seven local and statewide sponsoring organizations and provide meals to more than 4,500 children daily.

CACFP sponsors are reimbursed for each meal served according to predetermined USDA reimbursement rates based on the income levels of the families served by the program. The following chart containing income guidelines will be used to determine funding in Connecticut from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.

CACFP applications and a list of local CACFP participating agencies are available through CSDE’s Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504, Hartford, CT 06103-1841. For further information on the CACFP, go to:

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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. The Connecticut State Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. The Connecticut State Department of Education does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, pastor present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The Connecticut State Department of Education does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding the Department of Education’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

Levy Gillespie
Equal Employment Opportunity Director/Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator
Connecticut State Department of Education
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 607
Hartford, CT 06103


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