Have there been changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) due to COVID-19?

The CACFP program utilized by many licensed child care facilities is administered through the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Current information about the program, including guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, is available on the CACFP website.

Updated: April 3, 2020

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1. Why are some facilities closed and others open?
2. Am I required to close my facility?
3. Should I be screening new children and new staff?
4. Is it OK to suspend the practice of children serving themselves at meals?
5. If I am temporarily closing my licensed facility, do I need to notify anyone?
6. My license is going to expire soon. Can I renew my license?
7. Is there a grace period if I’m temporarily closed or for some other reason can’t submit my renewal paperwork?
8. What if my temporary permit is expiring and I’ve not had an initial licensing survey?
9. Our facility is located in a school that is closed. Can we continue to operate?
10. I am having trouble getting basic essential items needed to safely care for children (e.g. food, baby formula, toilet paper, cleaning products, wipes). Are there resources to help?
11. Can a facility licensed to operate in a school building be granted an exception to operate at an alternate location?
12. Are we limited to caring for children of essential workers? How do we determine who is essential? May I continue to care for children of anyone who wants care?
13. May I limit the number of children enrolled to fewer than what is stated on my license?
14. May I continue to enroll new children as long as I don’t exceed my licensed capacity?
15. Are facilities (centers and homes) limited to a capacity of 10?
16. Can I get an exception to exceed my license capacity or for another reason?
17. Can the two school age children currently enrolled in my home-based child care facility attending before and after school and on breaks stay in care for full days until the crisis has ended?
18. I am hiring new employees. Is KDHE processing background check requests? What if our local law enforcement agency has suspended non-criminal fingerprinting? Will there be a grace period?
19. My program might be able to hire school district staff that aren’t currently working. They have already been fingerprinted by the school district; will they need to be re-printed?
20. With some school districts delaying the start of the 2020-2021 school year, may a licensed school age program allow children entering kindergarten this fall to attend before school begins?
21. My child care center has children in our preschool unit that are scheduled to attend kindergarten this fall. With some school districts delaying the start of the 2020-2021 school year, may these child
22. I have applied for a license and face-to-face trainings needed to complete the initial training requirements are not available. What am I supposed to do?
23. I am due to renew my First Aid and CPR training soon. Organizations are canceling in-person training right now. What am I supposed to do?
24. May facilities take precautions like asking parents to stay at the door when dropping off and picking up their child?
25. I have not completed my annual training requirements due to lack of face-to-face training available right now. What am I supposed to do?
26. Should I be screening new children and new staff?
27. What about children and staff already enrolled and in attendance? Should I be screening them?
28. Is there anything specific I need to do depending on where a child lives (county) or where their parent works?
29. When should children and staff be excluded?
30. What should I do if an individual with COVID-19 has been in the facility?
31. Where can I find information about cleaning and disinfection procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including a list of approved cleaning products?
32. Is it OK to use bleach to sanitize or disinfect?
33. What if a parent is looking for child care and I do not have any openings?
34. May I continue to charge fees if I am closed or if a child no longer attends due to COVID-19 concerns or stay at home orders?
35. Are there financial supports for child care facilities to assist with loss of income due to COVID-19?
36. I have questions regarding the Department for Children and Families child care subsidy program policies. Who should I contact?
37. Have there been changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) due to COVID-19?
38. How do I contact my local child care licensing surveyor?
39. I am not currently licensed. Can I get an emergency or temporary license?
40. Should staff wear masks when caring for children?
41. What should I do if someone in the facility (child, staff or resident of a family child care) is told to quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19?
42. How soon will it be before COVID-19 vaccinations are available to child care providers?
43. If I get the COVID-19 vaccine will I still need to wear a mask?