Child Nutrition Programs–Income Eligibility Guidelines


This Notice announces the Department’s annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program. The annual adjustments are required by section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The guidelines are intended to direct benefits to those children most in need and are revised annually to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Source: Federal Register, Volume 79 Issue 43

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45 CFR Part 1305 Head Start Eligibility Verification

Summary: The requirements for establishing proof of eligibility for the enrollment of children in Head Start programs are documented in 45 CFR 1305.4(e). Each child’s record must include a signed document by an employee identifying those documents which were reviewed to determine eligibility. Presently there is no uniform document which the employee must sign. This form will be used to facilitate an efficient and accurate determination of children’s eligibility for Head Start enrollment.

Action Date: Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

Contact: Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

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New Eligibility Guidelines For Low-Income Families To Qualify For Nutritious Meals


More low-income families will be able to afford healthy meals and snacks for their children in day care under new income eligibility guidelines announced today by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), families with children in child care centers can qualify for free or reduced-price meals if their household income is equal to or less than the income eligibility guidelines. Nearly 5,000 local day care centers and 17,000 sponsored family day care home providers in California participate in the CACFP.

Source: KERO Bakersfield

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Income Eligibility Process for Head Start and Early Head Start Families

This resource describes the steps Head Start and Early Head Start staff must take to determine each family’s income eligibility status prior to selecting and enrolling a child in their program. Head Start and Early Head Start programs can use this resource to train staff in the process for determining eligibility status.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center/ National Center for Program Management and Fiscal Operations

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