Family Child Care Homes/Unaffiliated Centers Food Program (FCCH/UC)

Article By:  Kathy Hagan, FCCH/UC Food Program Director

Newsletter   |   Jun 17, 2024

Central Kentucky Community Action Council (CKCAC) is a proud sponsor of the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP is a federal program designed to promote the serving of nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults in the care of participating childcare centers, day care homes and adult day care centers. CKCAC currently sponsors Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) and Unaffiliated Day Care Centers (UC) in the following 18 Kentucky counties: Anderson, Boyle, Casey, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Jessamine, LaRue, Lincoln, Meade, Mercer, Nelson, Pulaski, Scott, Taylor, Washington, Wayne, and Woodford.

FCCH client Delane Green in Somerset, KY, Pulaski County retired after 30+ years at the end of May 2024. We will miss her but wish her the best. We recently added Stephanie Petrie in Springfield, KY, Washington County, so we are still currently sponsoring 24 child care homes.

The following recent changes with our center sponsorships brings our current UC sponsorship total to 22 plus 4 in the works for a total of 26 expected with the June/July reporting.

·        Educating Butterflies in Springfield, KY, Washington County closed mid-April due to their landlord wanting to utilize the building for other purposes and the center owner being unable to find a location to relocate.

·        Recently added client Stepping Stones Academy in Harrodsburg, KY, Mercer County has decided to end their sponsorship with their May 2024 report and begin a summer school program they feel will better suit their needs.

·        Little Lambs in Frankfort, KY, Franklin County is under new ownership and will be called Rainbow Childcare Center. The new owners have asked Jamie Miller to continue as the center’s Director. He is currently working on refreshing the center and obtaining all the necessary items to reopen under the new name. We have met and have most of the preliminary items needed for state approval. We hope to complete the state approval process asap once they open.

·        Safe Harbor Learning Academy in Nicholasville, KY Jessamine County is working on getting completed child CACFP enrollment forms to complete their CACFP application for sponsorship. We hope to get them started in the food program by July at the latest.

·        Caritas House in Lexington, KY, Fayette County reached out to us requesting sponsorship in the CACFP. They are considered an Emergency Shelter so all the children in their care will be eligible for free meal reimbursement rates in the food program and do not require CACFP enrollment forms. They plan to have ten beds and expect to be full quickly once they are open for enrollment. They are slightly different than the homes and centers we are accustomed to sponsoring, but CKCAC is proud to be able to offer our sponsorship. They have been approved and will participate once they become an active shelter.

·        Memorial Angels in Elizabethtown, KY, Hardin County is working towards providing meals to the children in their care (as opposed to parents/guardians providing bagged lunches, etc.) and has requested our sponsorship in the CACFP. They have had their Pre-Op visit and are obtaining CACFP enrollment forms for each child to finalize their application packet for state approval. We hope to get them approved to begin the food program by July 2024.

If you know of any Family Child Care Homes and/or Day Care Centers who are interested in finding out more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program and whether they are eligible to participate please have them contact CKCAC’s FCCH/UC Director Kathy Hagan at 270-692-2136 X501 or by email at