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 How to Apply

​Welcome! We encourage you to participate in the Child​ and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Your institution may qualify to receive reimbursement to provide nutritious meals and snacks to the children in your care.

PART 1:Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA)PDF Document
  • To apply to participate in a federally funded Child Nutrition Program, you must complete the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) registration process, and be qualified to do business with the State of Illinois. Once complete and all status are listed as “good,” you can move ahead with Part 2.​
PART 2: Application
  • Institutions may apply to participate in the CACFP program at any time during the year. Please review the Basic Program Information as well as familiarize yourself with the program by reviewing the overview training for new institutions: Overview of the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Application Process. Print two copies of your submitted application documents, keep one copy for your files, and either e-mail documents to CNP@isbe.net, fax to (217) 524-6124 or mail the originals to the Illinois State Board of Education. Exception: Food vendor contracts, keep the original at your facility, and send in one copy. 
  1. Application Checklist
  2. CACFP Operational Procedures
  3. Pre-Operational Review Visit Procedures
  4. Access Web-Based Illinois Nutrition System (WINS) Through IWAS
  5. Instructions for Submitting Claims

 Best Practice Videos

Check out these short videos that highlight best practices from several child care facilities that received Illinois Child Care Wellness – Team Nutrition Training (TNT) Sub-grants! These nutrition and wellness education activities were funded in part through use of TNT sub-grant funds. Along with the Mealtime Minutes: Inspiring Success newsletter, they are meant to share exciting, low-cost ways to enhance health and wellness efforts in child care facilities:

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