The study will address a gap in knowledge, providing insight into facilitators and barriers to CACFP uptake by eligible centers and actionable recommendations to address challenges in high-need areas where child poverty is exceptionally high, but resources are limited. The project goals and objectives are to: (1) Assess the historical and structural facilitators and barriers to child care center enrollment in CACFP in AZ, NC, NY, and TX, four states with high child poverty levels but with varying levels of CACFP participation (AZ and NC low participation, NY and TX high participation); (2) Examine differences in perceived facilitators and barriers between states with low and high CACFP participation; and (3) Identify and disseminate potential policy, systems, and environmental actions that can be used to promote and support CACFP participation by child care centers.
Start Date: September 2020
ID #: CAS065
Organization: Indiana University - Bloomington
Project Lead: Temitope Erinosho
“It has a lot to do with the cumbersome paperwork”: Barriers and facilitators of center-based early care and education (ECE) program participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally-regulated feeding program that reimburses early care and education (ECE) programs for providing nutritious meals to low-income children. Participation in CACFP is voluntary and varies widely across states. This study assessed barriers and facilitators of center-based ECE program participation in CACFP and identified potential strategies More
State Agency Perspectives on Successes and Challenges of Administering the Child and Adult Care Food ProgramThe federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) improves nutrition and reduces food insecurity for young children while helping cover food costs for care providers and families. Despite its important benefits, the program is underutilized. This report uses qualitative interviews with state CACFP administrators representing 28 states to explore federal and state policies and practices that support or discourage CACFP participation among licensed child More