Coordinating Nutrition and Health Services Across Head Start, WIC, CCDF, and CACFP

It’s easier for eligible families to benefit from nutrition and health services when programs and agencies coordinate. Explore this page to find resources to strengthen local, state, and regional coordination between:

  • Head Start
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

These efforts are encouraged through a federal memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Head Start (OHS) and Office of Child Care (OCC), and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition and Safety Programs (SNAS) and Child Nutrition Programs (CNP).

To support your work, federal partners regularly host webinars and share resources and ideas on topics including:

  • Creating MOUs for information and data sharing, referrals, and cross-training
  • Collaborating on nutrition and health education and services, including screenings and community education
  • Co-location of WIC Services at Head Start or Child Care Centers and initiatives through WIC Special Project Grants