Child Care & Nutrition, Inc. or, CCNI, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving family child care providers and families. Our main service is to sponsor the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program. We also offer many training opportunities, resources for providers and an annual Kid’s First Conference held each year (usually in January or February).
We believe if we support family child care providers, they could experience the following outcomes:
- providers will have a very successful program
- children in care will have a wonderful bonding experience
- parents will feel secure about their children’s care.
- Support family child care providers with training and information
- Aid family child care providers with services and resources that will enable them to provide quality care to children
- Promote community awareness of child care issues
- Promote community awareness of child care issues, and partner with communities to enhance, develop and expand child care services as needed.
The CCNI staff has a lot of experience in family child care and understands the needs of providers working from their homes. They are pleasant, knowledgeable, helpful and will do their best to support and help their clients. They are located throughout Minnesota, so they are close enough for a phone call or quick trip, if needed.
Our Board Members
Our board members are dedicated individuals from the community who care about children and the work we do for them.
Board Chair: Scott Midtaune
Secretary/Treasurer: Heather Furan
Member: Judy Thomsen
Member: Holly Noble
Member: Mary Jerzak
Message from the Director
Forty years ago, or so, young mothers started joining the workforce across the nation en masse. This spawned a need for a flexible, affordable quality care setting for their small children. Many other young moms were finding they could fill a need for society by providing in-home care options for the workforce.
I was a young working mom in the mid-1970’s and after my second child was born 11-1/2 months after the first one, I decided I could join the in-home profession of providing care for other children.
I also started my child care business before there was Child and Adult Care Food Program availability. When, my sister (also an in-home licensed provider) called me and asked me if I had heard about this program that reimbursed me for the meals I served to the children in care, I was dumbfounded. “Where do I sign?” I responded.
Through my experience as a working mom, a licensed family child care provider who didn’t have the “Food Program” and then did, I became very passionate about the program, the benefits for families (keeps the cost of child care affordable and families working), providers (I learned in a hands-on way the nutritious guidelines and standards that I needed to meet for every meal and snack I served). In the past 30 years I have seen the affect this program has had on providers and families. I also understand the plight of working families and how hectic and chaotic life can be for them when their children are so small. Family child care supports families. We strive to support family child care. Everyone benefits.
Child Care & Nutrition, Inc.PO Box 138•Ivanhoe, MN 56142
Child and Adult Care Food Program Appeal Procedure
A provider who participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) under the sponsorship of Child Care & Nutrition, Inc (CCNI) may appeal actions taken by Child Care & Nutrition, Inc (CCNI) in accordance with this procedure. CACFP appeal procedures are authorized at 7 CFR 226.6(l). The following types of Sponsoring Organization actions are appealable:
- Proposed termination of CACFP
- Suspension of CACFP
To appeal a Child Care & Nutrition, Inc (CCNI) action:
- Submit your written request for an appeal to: Sharon Rasmussen, Executive Director, PO Box 138, Ivanhoe, MN 56142. Your request for an appeal must be submitted no later than 15 working days after you receive this notice. Your appeal request must include all of the required information listed in (2) Appeal Request and Deadline under Appeal Procedure-Rights and Responsibilities below.
- Child Care & Nutrition, Inc (CCNI) strongly recommends that an appeal request and any other written documentation be sent in a manner that provides proof of delivery, such as certified mail – return receipt requested.
- Within 10 working days of receipt of your appeal request, Child Care & Nutrition, Inc (CCNI) will notify you by certified mail – return receipt requested, or other delivery method, which could include faxing or email response, that your request has been received.
Appeal Procedure – Rights and Responsibilities
- Notice of Action When an action is taken or proposed that is subject to appeal according to CACFP regulations, the Sponsoring Organization provides notice of the action to the Provider. The notice describes the action being taken or proposed, the basis for the action, and includes this CACFP Appeal Procedure.
- Appeal Request and Deadline To appeal the Sponsoring Organization’s action, the Provider must submit an appeal request in writing to Sharon Rasmussen, Executive Director, PO Box 138, Ivanhoe, MN 56142 not later than 15 working days after the date the notice of action is received. The Sponsoring Organization will acknowledge the receipt of an appeal request by certified mail – return receipt requested, or faxed or emailed (when possible) within 10 working days of Sponsoring Organization’s receipt of the request.
- An appeal request must include:
- Provider’s Name, provider number, addresss, phone, email, and fax number available.
- Identification of Sponsoring Organization action(s) that are being appealed.
- The appeal request must be signed and dated.
- Representation Provider may represent her/himself, or retain legal counsel, or be represented by another person.
- Review of Record Information on which the Sponsoring Organization’s action was based must be available to Provider from the date of receipt of provider’s appeal request.
- Opposition Provider may refute the findings contained in the notice of action by submitting written documentation to the Appeal Official. In order to be considered, written documentation must be submitted not later than 30 working days after receipt of the notice of action.
- Appeal Official The Appeal Official must not been involved in the action that is being appealed and not have a direct personal or financial interest in the outcome of the appeal. Provider may directly contact the Appeal Official. Upon request, CCNI will provide name and contact information for the Appeal Official.
- Basis for Decision The Appeal Official will make a determination based solely on the information provided by Provider, information provided by Sponsoring Organization, Federal and State laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing the Program.
- Time for Issuing Decision Within 60 working days of the Appeal Official’s receipt of the appeal request, the Appeal Official will inform Provider of the appeal outcome(s) by certified mail – return receipt requested, or by fax or email, if feasible. This timeframe is an administrative requirement for Sponsoring Organization and may not be used as a basis for overturning Sponsoring Organization’s action if a decision is not made within the specified timeframe.
- Final Decision The determination made by the Appeal Official is the final administrative determination to be afforded to the Provider.
- Record Sponsoring Organization maintains searchable records of appeals and results, subject to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.