More than 3.2 million children are enrolled in child-care programs that participate in and receive reimbursement for food from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This paper discusses the results of a study which tested the hypothesis that higher CACFP reimbursement rates for food result in higher food expenditure and higher nutritional quality of food served in family child-care homes. Researchers found that providers receiving higher reimbursement spent significantly more on food ($2.36 per child per day) than those receiving lower reimbursement ($1.96 per child per day). Child-care providers receiving the higher rate of reimbursement served healthier food with more protein, whole grains, vitamins and minerals.
Published: May 2011
ID #: 63046
Journal: J Am Diet Assoc
Authors: Monsivais P, Kirkpatrick S, Johnson DB
Resource Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Preschool-age children (ages 3 to 5)
Measuring, Analyzing and Examining Food Spending and Nutritional Quality in Family Day Care Participants in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food ProgramThe aim of this project is to examine how food costs and reimbursement rates impact the dietary quality of foods that are served in family day care homes. Taking advantage of a unique policy-analysis opportunity to assess the effects of different subsidy levels for providers in adjacent urban regions, this project will compare nutritional quality More