Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (FANRR-24) 12 pp

May 2002

Effects of CACFP Reimbursement Tiering: Major Findings of the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study

The introduction of tiered meal reimbursement rates in the family child care homes portion of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) concentrated benefits more intensely on low-income children, as intended. Tiering added to sponsoring organizations' administrative duties, reduced the number of participating family child care homes, but did not alter the number or nutritional quality of meals offered by providers receiving the lower reimbursement rates.

Keywords: meal reimbursement tiering, Child and Adult Care Food Program, CACFP, child care, childcare, child nutrition programs, welfare reform, nutrition

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