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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Marshall

CACFP Pop-Up Recording & Resources: CACFP Budget 101 and ECR Q&A

Yesterday, we held a CACFP Pop-Up with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide needed clarification on CACFP budgets along as Sponsors of Family Child Care Homes figure out how to handle new funds this year with the State Meal Reimbursement (SMR) and Emergency Cost Reimbursements (ECR). Additionally, the California Department of Education (CDE) joined us to clarify provider eligibility for ECR funds.


I'm looking for certain information, how do I find it?

  • ECR Eligibility information and Q&A begins at minute 12:36

  • Administrative Budget Review and Analysis: Unused Federal Administrative Payments and State Meal Reimbursement presentation begins at minute 31:45

  • How can ECR funds be used and how are they tracked begins at hour/minute 1:11:36

  • General Q&A begins at hour/minute 1:21:12

    • Question of particular interest: We received SMR in December for prior months in the previous year, are we able to retain 30% of that and if so, how can we use it in this new year? Answer at hour/minute 1:32:40.

Do you still have questions? If so, let us know,, or contact CDSS directly.

This CACFP Pop-up was quickly arranged in response to a number of questions, concerns, and confusion expressed at our CACFP Roundtable Member Meeting the week prior. Join us to be a part of these conversations that shape informational opportunities and resources for our CACFP Community! We're working together to make the CACFP a stronger, more accessible, and equitable program.


The CACFP Roundtable is committed to fostering a community of leaders who work together to build equitable access to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and nutritious meals in care settings. Your support goes toward programs and advocacy that help us get closer to ensuring everyone has the right to nutritious meals and making the CACFP an even better Food Program for all.

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