Child Health and Nutrition
4Cs is responsible for the administration of the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) which is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the California State Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division. The Child Health and Nutrition Division reimburses licensed child care providers for nutritious meals and snacks served to children in their care.
Acting as a sponsor, the department monitors nutritious meals and snacks served to children in over 400 licensed Family Day Care Homes throughout Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties. New providers receive training in nutrition and meal planning and are visited by staff three times a year. During the past year this department monitored over 1,700,000 meals and snacks to an average of 3500 children.
Now is the time to sign up for a Food Program Training.
This year we are offering an array of interesting and educational trainings to complete the annual training requirement for Child Health and Nutrition provider participants. Click here for the 2013 Annual Child Health and Nutrition Training Dates, Times, Topics and Locations. Contact your 4Cs Child Health and Nutrition representative to reserve a space in one of the trainings.
New for 2013! Online Training Opportunity
For the first time, the 4Cs Child Health and Nutrition program is offering an online training option as a way to complete the required annual training for participating providers. There are three training modules that must be completed. Once a module is started, it must be completed at that time. If it is not completed in one sitting, you will have to start over at the begining the next time. Once the modules have been completed, print out the certificate for your records and we will receive verification that you have completed the training. Remember all three online training modules must be completed for this option to qualify as the required annual training. Click on the following links to complete the online training.
- 2013 Training Module 1: Meal Counts and Claim Submission
- 2013 Training Module 2: Record Keeping and Civil Rights
- 2013 Training Module 3: Meal Patterns and Service
Online Claiming for Food Program Participants
Submit your monthly claim electronically with Minute Menu! It's free and easy to get started. Just call (707) 544-3077 or click on the link to email the 4Cs Food Program and obtain your personal login and password.
Sign Up for Direct Deposit
If you are participating in the 4Cs Child Health and Nutrition food program - save a trip to the bank and sign up for direct deposit! Two easy ways to sign-up:
1. Ask your CHN Monitor for the Direct Deposit Form when they are doing a home visit.
2. Download a Direct Deposit Form. Fill it in and send it to us with a voided check.
Direct Deposit is also available for Minute Menu Participants.
Who can I claim?
Providers may claim any child for meals, aged newborn through 12 years with a completed enrollment form. Special needs children may be claimed up to the age of 18 with the appropriate documentation.
You may claim your own children under the age of 13 on the food program if you are eligible by your income (based on your family size and combined family income) and once you complete an eligibility form. If you have your own foster children, they are always eligible with a completed eligibility form up to the age of 13. Your own children and foster children can be claimed for meals only when another day care child is present during the same meal time.
Why should I participate?
We believe feeding children well is an important part of a quality child care program. Providers receive training from our staff regarding meal planning, food preparation, health and nutrition, and the program's technical requirements through our home visits which occur three times per year.
The reimbursement for a day care provider with a license for 8 can range from $100-500 per month. Each child is reimbursed at a flat rate for each meal or snack.
How do I participate?
Keep a daily record of the children in your care and the meals you have served. Each child can be claimed for a maximum of two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal per day. Claim meals according to the child's schedule.The foods you serve must contain items from different food groups, according to the program rules. During our first appointment with you we will clarify all the requirements for each meal and snack.