CACFP COVID-19 Updates
For Karamu Sponsored TN and KY Childcare Providers Only
Message To Our Sponsored Providers
As you are all aware, the worldwide coronavirus outbreak has significantly impacted how we all live. We trust you are each taking proper precautions to protect yourselves, your families, and the children and families that you care for.
Things are changing very quickly in all aspects of our personal and business lives - this includes the CACFP. This page is intended to provide you with the latest guidance we have regarding CACFP operations during this time of national emergency. We've alos included links to a number of resources that we hope you will find useful
Except as noted below, all CACFP rules and regulations are in full effect. Participants should continue to conduct themselves accordingly. As DHS and KDE issue state specific CACFP waivers we will share them with you and provide additional guidance. be sure visit this site regularly for updates.
Please stay safe and prayerful as we all navigate through these very trying times.
CACFP Waivers And Flexibilities
Childcare Licensing Waivers & Flexibilities
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Things You Can Do
Karamu Operations and Contingencies
Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM central time.
Office Visitor Restrictions: Karamu’s Clarksville and Memphis offices are closed to visitors pending further notice. If you need to drop off documents, please use the designated drop boxes. Our staff will continue to report to work as usual and will be available to provide phone and e-mail support to you as needed.
Site Inspections: The government recently announced some flexibility when it comes to performing site inspections. While the rules do not completely waive the requirement to conduct site inspections, it does temporarily reduce the number of minimum inspections that must be performed. Karamu is currently limiting site inspections to those inspections that absolutely must be performed in order to maintain compliance with USDA requirements. Keep in mind that current regulations require sponsored facilities to allow Karamu staff (and other CACFP representatives) into their facility during normal operating hours. Of course, we are mindful of our obligation to help protect and respect the health and safety of our employees, providers, and the children and families you care for.
Shelter-In-Place Operations: As stated above in the frequently asked questions, in the event a shelter-in-place order is issued that prevents our staff from coming to the office, we are equipped to continue operations in a work-from-home environment. We will be able to continue to perform tasks such as processing enrollments, income eligibility applications and claims that are submitted to us either by fax, e-mail, Dropbox, or online using Kidkare or Minute Menu. For childcare centers and homes who submit your claims on paper, now is the time to familiarize yourself with online claiming. We also highly suggest everyone consider moving to e-Forms to allow you to collect and submit income applications and enrollments electronically.