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CACFP Needs Assessment Research Launch

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CACFP 04-2014
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DATE: November 13, 2013
SUBJECT: CACFP Needs Assessment Research Launch
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions

As part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Section 221, the Food and Nutrition Service is preparing to launch a nationwide research survey of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) participants that serve children up to age five. The survey will be conducted by KRC Research, an independent survey research company.

The purpose of the survey is to get input from state agencies, sponsoring organizations, child care centers, and family day care homes across the United States about nutrition, physical activity, and electronic media use in centers and homes. Results from the research will be used in the development of nutrition and wellness resources and technical assistance materials for CACFP providers. The 20-minute survey will be conducted online for all audiences, or by telephone, as needed, among centers and homes. The survey for sponsors, centers, and homes will also be available in both English and Spanish.

Currently the researchers are compiling contact lists from which the survey samples will be drawn. Andrea Farmer from our office has been in touch with states and territories for contact information. We greatly appreciate the cooperation of all those who have responded to the request. To be sure we have a sample that is truly representative of the nation as a whole, it is important to include as many states as possible. In the next step of the project, KRC Research will be contacting sponsoring organizations for information on the centers and homes they sponsor.

To ensure the success of this project, we are asking that states do the following:

  1. If you haven’t already, please provide the requested contact information to Andrea Farmer. She can be reached at or 703.305.2470.
  2. Inform the sponsoring organizations in your state that they soon will be contacted by KRC Research to provide contact information on their centers and homes.
  3. Announce to your institutions that they may be randomly selected to participate in the survey when it launches and encourage them to do so. Ask your sponsors to similarly notify their centers and homes about their potential selection for the survey.
  4. Represent your state agency by completing the survey when requested.

Thank you for your support of this important endeavor. 

Cynthia Long
Child Nutrition Division

Page updated: April 07, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.