The 4C Child Nutrition Program

CNP Logo 2018The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a meal reimbursement program. In Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley, 4C administers the child care component of this program for licensed family child care providers and child care centers, referred to as the 4C Child Nutrition Program (CNP). The object of this component of the CACFP is to improve the diets of children under age 13 by providing the children with nutritious, well-balanced meals and to develop good eating habits in children that will last through their adult life. 4C reimburses every participating provider the full food service rate set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Who can enroll through 4C for Children?
All licensed family child care providers and child care centers within the 4C service area in Ohio.

If you do not meet the criteria to enroll through 4C, you may still be able to participate through another agency. Click here for more information.

Why should I participate?
There are several benefits to participating in the 4C Child Nutrition Program:

  • Improve the health of children in your care by serving nutritious, well-balanced meals
  • Family child care programs could potentially receive an average of $560 reimbursement each month
  • Child care centers receive reimbursement based on the number of children served
  • Direct-deposit payments
  • Access easy-to-use online menus and child attendance forms for claiming (KidKare)
  • Be assigned a 4C Specialist who will visit your program three times a year to monitor the meals you serve, answer questions and offer personalized training and support
  • Required training available online

How do I enroll?
If you are interested in becoming a participant, please fill out an interest form based on your program type. A 4C CNP Specialist will contact you after reviewing your information. Select your program type:

What else do I need to know?
Please see the following links to learn more about the rates and requirements that go along with the 4C Child Nutrition Program:

Meal Pattern Chart

Reimbursement Rates for Family Child Care (updated July 2017)

Acceptable Meal Times (updated July 2017)


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Don't Qualify for the 4C Child Nutrition Program?

You may still be able to receive meal reimbursements!

In Ohio...
If you are a licensed child care center or Head Start program that is interested in participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, please contact the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Services at 614-466-2945.

In Kentucky...
If you are interested in participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and your child care program is located in Kentucky: