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Child Care and Nutrition


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Healthy meals and snacks are important for growing bodies and minds. The Washington State Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can help child care and early learning providers serve nutritious meals and snacks.

For more information about CACFP, call 360.725.6000 or visit the CACFP website.

Licensed child care settings (center-based care, family home child care, and school-age child care programs) have nutrition, menu planning and food safety requirements. Learn more about these rules from the links below.

If you are a licensed child care provider, talk to your Department of Early Learning licensor for more information.