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Reimbursement Tiering in the CACFP: Summary Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study

by William Hamilton, Nancy Burstein, and Mary Kay Crepinsek

Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. (FANRR-22) 52 pp, March 2002

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The introduction of tiered reimbursement rates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) concentrated program benefits more intensely on low-income children, as intended. Tiering reduced the number of family child care homes participating in the program, but did not alter the number or nutritional quality of meals offered by participating providers. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 mandated the tiered reimbursement structure and called for a study of its effects on program participation and on meals offered to children. Data were collected during the spring and summer of 1999 from nationally representative samples of participating family child care homes, their sponsors, and the parents of the children they served. This report summarizes the results of the study.

Keywords: Meal reimbursement tiering, Child and Adult Care Food Program, CACFP, child care, childcare, child nutrition programs, welfare reform, nutrition, Food and Nutrition Service, FNS

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For more information on reimbursement tiering in the CACFP, see the following reports:
Family Child Care Home Participation in the CACFP—Effects of Reimbursement Tiering: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study

Sponsoring Organizations in the CACFP—Administrative Effects of Reimbursement Tiering: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study

Family Child Care Providers in the CACFP—Operational Effects of Reimbursement Tiering: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study

Households with Children in CACFP Child Care Homes—Effects of Meal Reimbursement Tiering: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study

Meals Offered by Tier 2 CACFP Family Child Care Providers—Effects of Lower Meal Reimbursements: A Report to Congress on the Family Child Care Homes Legislative Changes Study

Last updated: Friday, June 13, 2014

For more information contact: William Hamilton, Nancy Burstein, and Mary Kay Crepinsek

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