Nutrition and Wellness Programs
General Program Requirements for Child and Adult Care Food Programs
Child Care Centers must be:
Licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as a child care center and/or outside school hours center and be a federally tax exempt non-profit organization or be in the process of obtaining federal tax exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code.
Licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as a child care center and if for-profit, the center must have at least 25% of its enrolled children or 25% of its license capacity, whichever is less, funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and/or DCFS.
Outside school hours programs, early childhood programs and/or day care centers are eligible to participate and are exempt from DCFS licensing requirements.
Day Care Homes must be:
Licensed as a day care home provider by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS),
Approved to participate under a nonprofit sponsoring organization which has an agreement with the Illinois State Board of Education to administer the CACFP.
If you are interested in further information for either child care centers/outside school hours programs or day care homes, please contact us at CNP@isbe.net.