Food For Child-Care Providers Offered

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Child-care providers have help available if they are preparing meals for their young charges.

A new nonprofit business, Children First, has been opened in Payson by Christy Barrowdale-France. Children First facilitates the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to the area. It provides cash reimbursement to child-care providers for meals served to children in their care.

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Child care providers in the Rim Country can get assistance with food costs for the children in their charge.

The program is targeted for people who provide child care privately or through the Department of Economic Security of the Department of Health Services. Grandparents, relative care and friends caring for children may also be eligible for the program.

The Children First CACFP is part of the Health and Nutrition Programs funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

It is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization with a goal of ensuring quality day care. The CACFP has been serving child-care providers nationwide for more than 25 years.

Barrowdale-France has more than 12 years experience with the CACFP.

"This program is about the children. Quality meals and care to children is a life long mission of mine," she said. "Let me help you set and maintain a fun loving, safe child-care environment for children in your home. The reimbursement you receive is an added bonus to the outstanding service you are providing to the community by having children in your home."

She suggests those planning to provide child care during the summer investigate the program now. To participate, private providers must have their home checked and be fingerprinted, Barrowdale-France said.

She provides approved participants with menus and they keep track of the foods they serve, then submit requests for reimbursement. It takes about four weeks for the paperwork to be processed and money returned.

For more information, call (928) 468-8931 or visit http://www.inpayson.com/childrenfirst/welcome.htm.

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