Improving Child Care Nutrition

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AB 1872 (Alejo) proposes amending licensing laws by requiring family day care home providers to comply with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern, whether they are enrolled in the program or not, and by requiring licensing authorities to inform all licensed child care providers about CACFP, including information about eligibility, enrollment, and reimbursement procedures. 

CFPA Primary Contacts

Ellen Braff-Guajardo
Senior Nutrition Policy Advocate
Oakland Office

Elyse Homel Vitale
Nutrition Policy Advocate
Oakland Office

Child Care Nutrition Resources

For more on Child Care Nutrition, visit
CFPA's Child Care Nutrition page.

AB 1872 (Alejo): Improving Child Care Nutrition

Most people are surprised to learn that licensed family day care homes are not legally obligated to follow any nutrition standards for the meals and snacks they serve. By contrast, licensed child care centers must follow the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern. To close this nutrition gap, AB 1872, authored by Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), would require, as a condition of licensure, that family day care homes also comply with the CACFP meal pattern. In addition, AB 1872 would oblige licensing authorities to inform all child care providers about how to participate in CACFP, a federal nutrition program that provides reimbursements to help cover the cost of meals and snacks.

Updates & News

Advocacy Materials

  • Sample Letter of Support

  • Sample Call-in Script

  • Postcard Template

  • CFPA's Letters of Support

Supporting Documents

Useful Background Materials

  • California Legislation Related to Child Care Nutrition

  • Additional Background Materials

  • Relevant Media

Page last updated 10.4.2012