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All Homes Receive Tier 1 Rates from July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

Update 6/21/2021:  The USDA and the ISBE have changed the previously agreed upon interpretation of the area eligibility waiver and will now require income applications for all providers who wish to claim their own children.  The previously ISBE approved statements about not requiring any additional documentation are no longer true.  To state your opposition to this decision please contact your elected Federal Representative(s) and/or contact the Illinois State Board of Education - Call (800) 545-7892 (Illinois only) or (217) 782-2491 (TTY: (217) 782-1900.

The USDA has announced that an area eligibility waiver for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 has been issued for all day care home providers. That means that all day care providers, regardless of the area in which they live, will receive Tier 1 rates. A day care home that does not currently qualify for Tier 1 rates will begin receiving Tier 1 reimbursement rates July 1, 2021, effective with their July menu. This waiver also means that a provider’s own children and foster children may be claimed for Tier 1 rates without an application.  No additional paperwork will be required of any provider to receive the higher rate of reimbursement for daycare children and own/foster children. 

Day Care Resources remains committed to helping our day care home providers through this pandemic. We appreciate all of the day care home providers who have continued to provide healthy, nutritious meals to thousands of children during this trying time, and we hope that these additional resources will enable providers to continue serving food to the children in their care.

Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility for Family Day Care Home Providers in School Year 2021-2022 | USDA-FNS


View Your Error Report Online

KidKare providers can look at Claim Error Reports online. In KidKare, click on "Food Program," choose "View Claims," and choose the month you want to see. Keep in mind that amounts may change if we aren't done processing your claim, we receive missing paperwork, adjustments are in progress, you owe money, etc.

Direct deposit clients should check with the bank to see when funds are deposited. 
As of January 2021, we will NO longer send copies of Claim Error Reports to web (KidKare) clients. 

Check Stuffer/Flyer: English / Español

Emergency Broadband (Internet) Benefit Program (EBB)

Need Access to Broadband but can't afford it?  The Federal Communication Commission's Emergency Broadband Program might be a solution for you.  If you are Tier 1 by income, receive SNAP, SSI, Veteran's Pension, FPHA, and other programs you may be eligible for this EBB program. 

Click here to read more about the program and to apply through the FCC's authorized program administrator.

This program lasts until the fund runs out of money or six months after the end of the COVID-19 health emergency.

Recall for Tyson Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products

 Tyson has recalled 8,492,832 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may have Listeria bacteria. 

A CDC investigation found a link between people sick from Listeria bacteria and these products.
There has been at least one death. 

Check your frozen, fully cooked Tyson chicken products!  If your product has the code "EST. P-7089" on the package (or in the USDA inspection circle) and was made between Deember 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021, either throw it away OR return it to the store you bought it from.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

Have You Applied for a Child Care Restoration Grant Yet?

Illinois has set aside $270 million dollars to help child care providers as the economy reopens from the state\'s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund. Applications for Child Care Restoration Grants will be available through August 14, 2020. 

For more information, visit:

Login to the IL Gateways Registry to apply at:

Steps to Apply:


Grab n' Go: Serving Multiple Meals

Serving "Grab n' Go" meals for kids who can no longer come to your day care due to COVID?
Did you know you can give out more than 1 day of meals & snacks at once?
Check out this USDA tip sheet:

Stipends for Child Care During COVID-19 Emergency Order

The Illinois Dept. of Human Services (IDHS) and Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) System announced on 3/30/2020 that they are offering a stipend to child care homes (who were licensed prior to the emergency order) and centers registered to care for children of essential workers. Child care programs must submit an 1) Emergency Operations Form/(be registered on the Early Learning Helpline), 2) a Stipend Application, and 3) a W-9 for Emergency Child Care to be considered for the stipend. To receive these funds, you must care for the same group of children with the same staff each day, with no combining of groups. For more information, visit:

CACFP Support Needed in Economic Stimulus Plan

 KidKare by Minute Menu joins the National CACFP Sponsors Association in calling upon Congress to include CACFP support in the Economic Stimulus plan. Child care is an essential service for working families and their children, and emergency federal funding is desperately needed. 

You can use the form provided by the National CACFP Sponsors Association to quickly and easily contact your representatives and voice your support for emergency federal funding for the CACFP Simply click the link below, provide your zip code, and complete and submit the form. Your message will be sent to your representatives automatically.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

CACFP Update on the Covid-19 National Emergency Declaration

On 3/20/2020 The State of Illinois through multiple agencies issued mandatory closure of all Day Care Homes and Day Care Centers.  Centers must apply for and be issued an Emergency Child Care License.  Day Care Homes may only operate as license exempt sites for up to 6 children.  

For up to the minute updates go to the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Education


On 3/18/2020 The US Government passed and signed into law
H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

What does this mean for a CACFP Child Care Home and a Child Care Center?

A quick summary of the law is that the Government has empowered the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to waive CACFP Requirements ranging from authorizing non-congregate feeding (kids pickup food) to the waiver of meal pattern component requirements.  Some laws pertaining to schools were waived without application or in a manner that fast tracked those to create non-congregate feeding sites to ensure the greatest access in the shortest amount of time.

The next step for the Illinois State Board of Education is to apply for waivers through the Secretary of Agriculture. 

On 3/20/20 at 10:30 am, Day Care Resources and other Sponsors will find out the current status and results of those applications and the Illinois State Board of Education’s decisions on what will and will not be allowed by waiver.  Additionally we will find out what, if any, specific steps would be required to satisfy any waiver.

For example, the ISBE supplied this language in the most recent information to Sponsors.


CACFP: 7 CFR Part 226.20

  (e) Unavailability of fluid milk—(1) Temporary. When emergency conditions prevent an institution or facility normally having a supply of milk from temporarily obtaining milk deliveries, the State agency may approve the service of breakfast, lunches, or suppers without milk during the emergency period.


Everyone is encouraged to do the best they can and document any issues and label them Covid-19 related so that waivers can be applied when a list of exceptions are available.  Our systems can only process complete meals and snacks so if a item is missing please record what you intended to serve and then document why it was missing (ex. No milk available at store).

When we have all of the necessary information we will get all the detailed information to all of our clients.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to obtain the information you need to document or operate in the CACFP during this National Emergency.  

Re-Opening Child Care in Phase 3

Here's the new guidelines for re-opening child care in phase 3. Work with your DCFS/IDHS agency when your part of the state goes into Phase 3. (See link below.) Day Care Resources has been in contact with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) who is working with the Governor's office to determine the details of reopening child care. We are awaiting a response to capacity and the reopening plan submission process through DCFS.

We do NOT anticipate any disruptions in funding for the Food Program (CACFP).  


HOMES Reopening Guidelines


Reopening Child Care In Illinois (GOECD, IDPH, IDHS, & DCFS)

CDC Guidelines for COVID Prevention in Child Care

IDHS Coronavirus Information

Kids Can't Come Due to Covid?

Offer Grab and Go Meals & Snacks!

EXTENDED until April 30, 2021!

En Español

Many day cares are running at lower capacities (and some are closed), which has left many asking, “How can we feed the kids that can no longer come to my day care?” Sites can now offer and claim “grab and go” meals. This means you can take the meals & snacks for kids who are enrolled but can no longer attend your day care and pack them up TO GO!  To keep kids safe, parents are allowed to pick up their child(ren)’s “TO GO” meals/snacks during the emergency. For example, if you used to claim a child for breakfast, AM snack and lunch, the parents could pick up all of their child(ren’s) meals/snacks for the day in the morning.  


  • Homes & Centers can claim up to 2 meals + 1 snack or 2 snacks + 1 meal, per child, per day.
    • (At Risk Afterschool Programs (ARAS) can claim 1 meal + 1 snack, per child, per day.)
  •  All children must have an enrollment form on file to claim on the Food Program (except ARAS).
  • If you are currently receiving lower rates (Tier 2 for homes, Paid rates for centers) and a family’s (or home provider’s) financial situation has changed, it’s a great time to turn in a new income application for higher rates! 
    • (At-Risk Afterschool Programs rates do not change.)
  • Capacities During COVID:
    • Day care homes should check with their DCFS representative on their maximum capacity during the current reopening phase in your area. 
    • Licensed exempt homes must return to their pre-COVID-19 group size limits with no more than 3 unrelated children at one time.  
  • Food Shortages? Do your best to make a creditable substitution if you run out of a food/meal component. However, if you cannot meet meal pattern requirements (ex. the store is out of milk), please contact the DCR office. The state can grant an emergency waiver on a case-by-case basis. (USDA Child Nutrition Response #36)


USDA Flexibilities During the COVID Emergency

#34 – Meals/snacks can be served outside of meal times during COVID-19

#33 – Meals/Snacks do NOT have to be served in a group (or “congregate”) setting during COVID-19:

#35 – Parents can pick up meals for their kids who are unable to attend day care during COVID-19:


FREE or Low Cost Child Care for Essential Workers in April

 Governor JB Pritzger announced updates on child care at his daily press briefing on April 5, 2020. As of April 1, essential workers will be eligible for free or low cost child care through the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). In addition, he announced a 30% rate increase to help cover the cost of care during the emergency. Watch the webinar on April 6 at 10 am for details!


Child Care Business Resources for Child Care During COVID-19 from IDHS and Governor’s Office of Early Child Care Development (GOECD) 

CCAP Application to Cover Child Care for Essential Workers: 

Governor’s April 5 Press Conference on Child Care


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Watch Your Due Dates

 You might have noticed that the due dates for your claim paperwork has changed. If you see "1st Claim Submission" this is the 1st batch cut-off. When you see "2nd Claim Submission" this is the 2nd batch cut-off. Make sure you turn in everything you need for your claim by these dates.

Low Fat Milk Reminder



Prevent Deductions! Serve ONE (1) Whole Grain Each Day

 Starting October 1, 2018, facilities who do NOT have ONE whole grain recorded for the day (on days when a grain was required/served) will be deducted for the lowest paying meal or snack that has a grain on that day. Each time you serve a whole grain make sure to record it to ensure you get credit.

Crea menús en línea con KidKare.

  1. Pruebe el programa KidKare hoy: para explorar una muestra del programa, vaya al sitio y haga clic al lado izquierdo donde dice “Current Providers (Proveedoras Actuales), Versión en Español.”
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