Association for Child Development
Establishing healthy eating habits for over 45 years.

About ACD

The Association for Child Development (ACD) sponsors the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Michigan and Illinois. We have been in business for 45 years and have extensive experience to assist you with the CACFP. Our Mission as a non-profit organization is to educate parents and caregivers about nutrition to promote the development of children and establish healthy eating habits to last a lifetime.
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Illinois
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Michigan
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Our History

1970

Michigan beginnings.

During the 1970s, ACD operated many child care centers throughout Michigan and was the first in the state to offer swimming pools and progressive programs such as infant swimming classes, gymnastics, and leisure activities.
1975

Significant growth.

In 1975, ACD became a non-profit organization.
Congress became aware of the need for separate legislation for licensed child care institutions. The CACFP, which was formerly a part of the Special Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC), thus emerged as a separate program.

The CACFP has undergone many changes since then. Still, its underlying purpose remains the same: to assist child care providers in serving nutritious food to children in their care and to provide nutrition education for their personnel.
1976

Expansion to include Illinois.

In 1976, ACD became a statewide sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Since then, we have grown to include the state of Illinois.
1981

A new focus.

ACD closed the last of its original child care centers in 1981 and now focuses exclusively on providing excellence in customer service and training to the child care providers whom we sponsor to participate in the CACFP.
1970

Michigan beginnings.

During the 1970s, ACD operated many child care centers throughout Michigan and was the first in the state to offer swimming pools and progressive programs such as infant swimming classes, gymnastics, and leisure activities.
1975

Significant growth.

In 1975, ACD became a non-profit organization.
Congress became aware of the need for separate legislation for licensed child care institutions. The CACFP, which was formerly a part of the Special Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC), thus emerged as a separate program.

The CACFP has undergone many changes since then. Still, its underlying purpose remains the same: to assist child care providers in serving nutritious food to children in their care and to provide nutrition education for their personnel.
1976

Expansion to include Illinois.

In 1976, ACD became a statewide sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Since then, we have grown to include the state of Illinois.
1981

A new focus.

ACD closed the last of its original child care centers in 1981 and now focuses exclusively on providing excellence in customer service and training to the child care providers whom we sponsor to participate in the CACFP.