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Watonga Republican

Childcare Providers Eligible
for Meal Reimbursements
By Connie Burcham ments, according to Carrie cations. Once an application
Editor Williams, Rainbow Fleet is accepted, we’ll be able to executive director. Rainbow work on compliance issues
Fleet is a sponsor organiza- that range from creating a
Rainbow Fleet Child Care tion through the Oklahoma balanced menu to food sanita-
Resource and Referral is par- Department of Education, the tion and preparation with the
ticipating in the Child and federal program’s Oklahoma provider.”
Adult Care Food Program administrator. The federally- Child care providers that
(CACFP). Any licensed child funded child nutrition pro- are interested in this free
care providers who serve gram helps children receive resource should contact
nutritious meals and snacks the nutrition they need by Rainbow Fleet at (405) 521-
may be eligible for federal reimbursing child care 1426.
reimbursement. providers for serving meals For more than 40 years,
The U.S. Department of and snacks that meet federal Rainbow Fleet has provided
Agriculture’s Child and Adult requirements. innovative child development
Care Food Program is Reimbursement rates programs to families and
accepting Oklahoma enroll- range from $2.48 for a child care service providers.
lunch/dinner to $.20 for a Rainbow Fleet helps families
snack. Caregivers are locate quality child care
required to record menus, options and assists child care
enrollment and attendance. A providers with a multitude of
provider can claim up to services including licensing
three meals per child per day. and technical assistance as
“Every family child care well as age-appropriate activ-
facility that is licensed by the ities and curriculum.
Department of Human Rainbow Fleet is an equal
Services is eligible for this opportunity provider and
free nutrition program,” said employer.
Williams. “Our staff at
Rainbow Fleet will be avail- Connie Burcham can be reached at
able to help child care
providers fill out their appli-

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