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What is the Child Care Food Program?
The Child Care Food Program is a United States Department of Agriculture program designed to help children receive nutritious, well-balanced meals. The program is available to children under the age of 13 who are in licensed family childcare homes. Beanstalk acts as an umbrella sponsor for over 600 licensed family childcare homes throughout the region. The program is also administered in Beanstalk centers. The meals must meet the standards established by the USDA. Beanstalk staff regularly monitor homes and centers for compliance, offer technical assistance and training.

Who is eligible for the Beanstalk Food Program?
Any licensed family childcare provider is eligible to participate in the Child Care Food Program.

How can family childcare providers participate?
The following criteria must be followed in order to qualify for the program. The provider must:

  • Be licensed or Trustline registered

  • Be willing to serve meals that meet USDA requirements

  • Have at least, one (1) child in care

  • Keep accurate and up-to-date records

  • Submit CCFP records monthly

  • Be available during meal times for monitoring reviews and to meet with Program representatives

  • Participate in annual training as well as on-going training



  • Home School: Must submit copy of home school registration for 2016-2017 school year.

    Private Schools: Must submit school calendars for 2016-2017 school year.

    Grade Changes: Must submit Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten to First Grade movement on CIF form.

    Starting School: Children starting Kindergarten and which session AM, PM, Full Day, please indicate this on CIF form.

    New Enrollments: Be sure to choose the correct School District and School Track, there are several that look similar and some that have more than one school track.

    Now Enrolling Trust Line Providers

    In addition to our Licensed Providers, Beanstalk is now accepting and enrolling Trust Line Providers. If you are a Trust Line or Licensed Provider and would like to participate on the Child Care Food Program, or if you have any questions about the program you
    can call our office at (916) 344-6259 and ask for the Food Program Department. Trust Line Providers must have their Trust Line Clearance and Self Certification Paperwork
    to enroll on the program.

  • Food Program Sign-Up Form

What are the benefits of the Child Care Food Program?

  • Reimbursement to the family childcare provider for partial cost of meals that are served to children in their care
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  • On-going assistance from professional staff

  • Reduce food purchasing cost

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  • Refer a fellow provider and receive a free gift
    Each time you refer a fellow child care provider who enrolls in our program and submits a claim, you will receive a free gift.
    For more information you can call our office at: (916) 344-6259

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    Helping Families Grow Healthly Children

    Licensed Family Child Care Providers and Trustline Caregivers:

    Reimbursement for a portion of your food costs is now just a "click" away!

    All you need is - a computer, printer, Internet access and a few minutes each day.

    FLASH!!!      File your next food claim over the Internet

    NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH         “LOGIN en Español”

    We have begun taking Providers into On-line "KidKare" Food Claim Program. Works on all Internet capable devices.

    A) No software to install
    B) Windows, Apple, Android, Tablet compatible

    How to proceed

    A) Get in touch with us. See contacts below.
    B) Set aside about 10 - 15 minutes with a phone call setup session
        (appointment needed.)
    C) Must have a way to be on the Internet and on the phone simultaneously.
    D) If you're pretty comfortable using a computer, just sign up below and
        we can Email you instructions how to log-in and file your claim without phone or
        classroom training.

    Internet Food Program Claiming Sign Up Form

    For more information contact
    Call (916) 344-6259

    Free Training, materials and workshops
    Free Record Keeping System for your

    Free Nutrition Handouts
    Professional, multi-lingual staff


    Prompt payment
    (issued within 5 business days of reimbursement to Beanstalk from the State)

    USDA and California Department of Education sponsored since 1973
    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

To apply:
Call Beanstalk Food Program at (916) 344-6259.

Food Program Information Lines:
(916) 779-3999

Staff will schedule an individual orientation meeting to explain the program and answer any questions that you may have.

Program goals for the Food Program.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider."

Note: The protected classes for CACFP remain unchanged. They are race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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