Family Child Care One-time Licensing Grants Available

Jan 04, 2010, 16:48 ET from Child Care & Nutrition, Inc.

IVANHOE, Minn., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Child Care & Nutrition, Inc. (CCNI) is pleased to announce a grant for daycare providers who apply for licensing for the first time in most areas of Minnesota. The grant, up to $160, will help pay for background checks, licensing fees and equipment required to run a licensed family child care home.

Once licensed, a provider is eligible for other benefits, including participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Providers participating in the program meet USDA guidelines for serving nutritious snacks and meals and receive a monthly payment for the food served.

In order to qualify for the grant program through CCNI, a provider must be in the process of licensing for the first time, meet income eligibility requirements and join CCNI's Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsorship.

CCNI was incorporated in 1984 and offers monthly reimbursement of meals to licensed providers for their daycare children through the USDA funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. CCNI reimburses providers on average of $400 per month. Reimbursement received from the CACFP is tax-deductible. Resources, support, education, and other services are provided through CCNI to their clients. CCNI offers clients free cookbooks, free calendar keepers each year and free access to the Minute Menu online recordkeeping and CACFP claiming program. CCNI also offers an annual Kids First conference in southwestern Minnesota in conjunction with several groups to bring the finest training to providers at an affordable cost.

To receive an informational packet about CCNI and the licensing grant program, please call 800-634-3359. CCNI is also on the web at Or you can write to us at CCNI, PO Box 138, Ivanhoe, MN 56142.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202)720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

CCNI receives funding from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Otto Bremer Foundation.

Telephone: 507-694-1499

Contact Person: Sharon Rasmussen, Executive Director

SOURCE Child Care & Nutrition, Inc.