What we do for Providers

The Provider Services Staff at Child Care Connections provides direct services to family and group child care providers, child care centers, Legally Certified Providers (LCPs) and Legally Certified In-Home Providers (LCIs).  We are committed to high quality child care and strive to meet the needs of all child care providers by offering the following individualized services:

-Professional development opportunities

-Onsite training and coaching

-Technical assistance

-Child Nutrition Program (CACFP)

-Special Needs Subsidy program

-Assistance to new and prospective family/group child care providers

-Ongoing support for participants in the Best Beginnings STARS to Quality program


Child Nutrition Program

Child Care Connections is a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Through the CACFP, child care providers are reimbursed for a portion of the cost of serving nutritious meals to children in child care.

What is the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. CACFP provides reimbursement for nutritious meals and helps to develop positive eating habits in young children enrolled in registered and licensed child care settings across the nation. In Montana, the CACFP is administered by the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Child Care Connections sponsors CACFP participation in family and group child care homes in Gallatin, Park and Meagher counties. The program is available to all children from birth through twelve years of age.

To participate in the program, child care providers must serve meals that meet CACFP meal pattern requirements. Child care providers must also allow representatives from Child Care Connections into their program at least three times annually for monitoring visits, maintain required paperwork and attend 4 hours of CACFP training each year. Please call Child Care Connections at 587-7786, or go to www.dphhs.mt.gov for more information regarding the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

  • Financial reimbursement for meals/snacks
  • Three on-site monitoring visits per year that include free health materials and fun on-site activities for children
  • Annual nutrition, health and safety education workshops at no charge
  • Quarterly CACFP nutrition education within the Child Care Connection newsletter
  • Nutrition education units and materials available to participants for use in their programs at no cost
  • On line submission of CACFP records
  • Provider Calendar and Record Keeping Tool provided annually at no cost
Benefits of the CACFP

Benefits for the Child Care Provider

Child care providers receive valuable education about nutritious foods to feed children in amounts that are appropriate for different age groups. Personal visits from CACFP staff also helps providers understand and encourage positive eating habits, which in turn educates children to make healthy food choices that will last a lifetime.

Benefits To The Child

The CACFP offers lifetime benefits through the development of healthy habits. Eating patterns and habits are established during the preschool years and help determine the quality of diet throughout life. Children who are in the care of providers who participate on the CACFP receive nutrition education from those who understand their role in shaping child age attitudes toward the acceptance of nutritious foods. Providers instill a positive, curious attitude toward food during the earliest and most influential years of a child's life.

Benefits For The Parents

Parents are assured that their children will be served high quality meals, thus children are less likely to experience fatigue and illness and therefore less work absenteeism of parents. Children are healthier, happier and will develop at a normal physical, emotional and intellectual pace.

Benefits for the Community

Because of CACFP, federal tax monies are returned to Montana and are invested in the health of the community's children. The added revenue helps keep child care costs down for employees in the community. Since only regulated providers are eligible to participate in the program, unlicensed providers must comply with local child care ordinances before they can be accepted in the program.
For additional information regarding nutrition, please click on the links below:

For additional information regarding nutrition, please click on the links below:

Montana Team Nutrition

Civil Rights & Non-Discrimination 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability or political beliefs. Persons with disability who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA"s TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write the USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity employer.