Child and Adult Care Food Program provides cash reimbursements for meals served in child day care centers, family and group day care homes, and adult day care centers. Programs are reimbursed according to the number of meals they serve to children. Child and Adult Care Centers receive reimbursement based on family size and income. Day care homes and group family day care homes receive reimbursement based on income level of the area or of the family.
Child Day Care Homes, Child Day Care Centers, and Adult Day Care Centers must be licensed in order to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
In order to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, day care homes must be located in a home. Group Family Day Care Homes must be in a residential building. It may be a provider's home or it may be a vacant home. Note that licensing for a group family day care home allows it to be in another building (not necessarily a residence); however, if it is not in a residence, that Group Family Day Care Home is not eligible to participate in the CACFP ): as a sponsored home. In that case, it may be possible for that group family day care home to participate as an independent center. For more information about the site’s eligibility to participate as an independent center, contact the Child and Adult Nutrition Services office at (605) 773-3413.
Applications for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Applications for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are now collected through a web-based application. The web-based system is called iCAN. To apply for the CACFP as a center-based or home-based sponsor, you must contact Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (605) 773-3413 to request access to the web-site. If you have a current application with the Child and Adult Nutrition Services office, you should have access to this site already. If you have any issues, please contact the CANS office at the same number. Your call will be directed to someone who can help you to gain access to this system.
If you need to request access to the iCAN system as a new agency (i.e. not on any other Child Nutrition Programs), please complete the New Sponsor Profile form and email it to email@example.com. Please note that you will also need to complete the New User Request form (below) to obtain access for each individual that will need to have access to the online application or claims.
If you need to request access to the iCAN system for a new user please complete the New User Request form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. A separate form must be completed for each individual that needs to have access to the iCAN system for applications and/or claims. User IDs and passwords are specific to each individual and may not be shared with others.
Claims for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are now completed through the iCAN system. Log into the iCAN system found at https://ican.sd.gov/ICAN/Splash.aspx. If you have any issues, please contact the CANS office at (605) 773-3413 and your call will be directed to someone that can help you.
Due Dates and Instructions
Afterschool Snacks and Meals
Snacks and meals can be a part of the after-school care programs. CACFP agencies that are offering snacks and/or meals to children in after school settings may be eligible to receive a higher rate of reimbursement for those children if specific circumstances are met. Agencies that are serving a snack and/or meal service for children in after-school care situations may call Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) at (605) 773-3413 to get more information about this opportunity.
Frequently Asked Questions
CACFP Training Opportunities
Upcoming CACFP Training Events:
The following workshop dates and locations have been set for the spring 2016 CACFP workshops. Be advised that all staff must be trained every year in the CACFP duties that are assigned to them. These workshops will count as CACFP training on the specific topics.
The CACFP Basic Training workshops are designed for new staff that need to be trained in the basics of the CACFP. The basics class is limited to 25 participants per class. Preference will be given to new staff and new agencies if more than 25 individuals register for any one class. You will find the agenda for the CACFP Basic training by clicking here.
CACFP Basic training
Community Bank (new location)
MacKay Building (formerly SD State Library)
Sioux Falls School District
The CACFP Plus! workshops are designed for veteran staff that have a solid understanding of Program requirements. The Plus! class is limited by the size of the training rooms in each location. Please notice that we are offering two sessions of the CACFP Plus! workshops in both Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Each session will cover the same information. You will find the agenda for the CACFP Plus! training by clicking here.
CACFP Plus! training
Youth & Family Services
Youth & Family Services
Mitchell Technical Institute
MacKay Building (formerly SD State Library)
Aberdeen Catholic Schools
Lake Area Technical Institute
Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Click here for registration form. There is no charge to attend. For more information please contact Melissa Halling at (605) 280-2696 or by email at email@example.com.
Ongoing CACFP Training Events:
Every person within an agency must be trained in their specific CACFP duties before they begin those duties and at least annually after that. To receive training credit on any topic, the training quiz, provided as handout on each webinar, must be completed and sent to the CANS office. A score of 15 correct (out of 20 questions) is required to receive training credit on that topic. Make sure that the staff names and agency name is clearly printed on the training quiz. These webinars play best when using Internet Explorer. They will not play correctly and may not play at all in other internet applications such as Chrome, Foxfire, etc.
At Risk After School Meals and Snacks in the CACFP
The Healthier CACFP Award is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers participating in CACFP. Child care centers taking steps to improve the nutrition, physical activity, nutrition education, and/or environment for children in their care can apply to win an award in one or more of these categories. Three award levels are offered: Honors, High Honors and Highest Honors.
Participation in the CACFP and compliance with CACFP regulations is required to be eligible for the award. Applicants are required to be in good standing with the CACFP, defined as having completed and implemented all corrective actions from the previous compliance review and having not been seriously deficient in the past two years, at the time of application.
The program application includes criteria in four categories: Menus, Physical Activity, Nutrition Education, and Environment. Applicants can choose which category(ies) they would like to apply for and at which level, and then submit the application to their State Child Nutrition Agency. It is highly recommended that applicants utilize the Healthier CACFP Award Resource Book, which explains “why” and “how to” for each criterion and provides guidance and tools to assist with implementing the criteria.
For more information, contact the Child and Adult Nutrition Services office at (605) 773-3413.