Comments Due: Leverage the Power of CACFP to Improve Child Care Quality

By now you may have heard about the proposed Child Care and Development Fund regulations to strengthen child care health and safety.  The summary about the rule can be found at

Rule Summary

"The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) proposes to amend the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations. This proposed rule makes changes to CCDF regulatory provisions in order to strengthen health and safety requirements for child care providers, reflect current State and local practices to improve the quality of child care, infuse new accountability for Federal tax dollars, and leverage the latest knowledge and research in the field of early care and education to better serve low-income children and families."

CACFP's Role

Because this rule focuses on strengthening health and safety in child care environments, it is only natural that the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) should be mentioned.  The Office of Child Care recognizes in the rule, “Another key partner in ensuring health, safety and quality in child care is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).”   

It's time to harness the power of the CACFP community to improve the quality of child care.  

Your CACFP leaders have done all of the hard work for you.  Now it's time to use your influence to make a difference for the CACFP and the proposed changes in the child care federal rule.  

Comments are due August 5, 2013

All you have to do is:

  1. Read this model letter and modify it with your personal touch
  2. Go to and find Child Care and Development Fund
  3. Click on the Comment Now button on the top right hand side.
  4. Enter information in form
  5. Upload the model comment
  6. Click submit

Video How-To submit the comments (also embedded below).

Learn more about what it means to comment on federal regulations:

Proposed Rules and Public Comment: You Have a Voice in Final Federal Regulations


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building