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Child and Adult Care
Food Program

The 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 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.





South Dakota iCAN
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.

The iCAN website is found at: https://ican.sd.gov/ICAN/Splash.aspx

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 doe.icanhelp@state.sd.us. 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 iCAN User ID Request form and email it to doe.icanhelp@state.sd.us. 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 Reimbursement

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.

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.

CACFP Training Opportunities
At Risk After School Meals and Snacks in the CACFP

Civil Rights in the CACFP

Healthier CACFP Award
Recognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity in Child Care

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.