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How do I get on the food program?
What questions will I be asked?
The following questions will be asked:
How many times a year does someone come out to visit?
Our program has 3 trimester visits a year. Our program begins October 1 and ends September 30th every year.
Do we provide insurance?
No, we don't offer it, but providers can purchase their own. There is a union for in-home child care providers that are working on providing insurance.
How much paperwork is involved?
A sample of the paperwork includes:
Is there a simpler process?
We offer on-line claiming. You must have internet explorer 6.0 or higher, a valid e-mail address, working printer and computer skills.
How much training do I need for the food program?
You need 2 hours each year of Nutrition training for the food program. It must be completed annually between October 1st and September 30th each program year. CACFP training hours can also be used to meet part of the 12 hours of annual training required to maintain your registration.
How are we reimbursed?
Payment is based on the number of children, meals by type, and the number of days recorded each month.
Can I claim my own children?
If you meet the income eligibility, then we can reimburse you for your children under 13.
How do I get a list of child care providers in Polk County?
This request is handled by Child Care Resource and Referral. They can be reached at: 515-246-3560. Their website is: www.iowaccrr.org
Community & Family DivisionPolk County River Place2309 Euclid AvenueDes Moines, IA 50310515-286-3434
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