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Residential Child Care Institutions Overview


  • A Residential Child Care Institution (RCCI) is any public or private nonprofit residential child care facility which operates principally for the care of children. The term RCCI applies to facilities with non-day students and/or facilities with day students.
  • An RCCI may participate in:
    • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
    • School Breakfast Program (SBP)
    • Afterschool Snack Program (ASP)
    • Wisconsin School Day Milk Program (WSDMP) if there are eligible students in grades PK-5
    • Special Milk Program (SMP) if there are eligible students who do not have access to any other United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meals Programs.
  • School Nutrition Team Terms and Definitions describes acronyms used throughout this webpage.
  • Residential Child Care Institutions In a Nutshell

RCCI Exceptions

  • An RCCI is required to comply with all USDA Child Nutrition Program (CNP) regulations as found in 7 CFR Part 210, unless specific flexibility is given by USDA or the WI-Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as shown below.
  • RCCIs with non-day students (residing at the facility) and RCCIs with day students that are non-pricing and not obtaining eligibility information are exempt from:
    • Free/Reduced Price (F/R) meal applications

    • Direct Certification (DC)

    • Verification (must still complete FNS-742-Verification Collection Report)

    • Public Release

    • Paid Lunch Equity Tool

    • Unpaid Meal Charge Policy

    • Breakfast and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Outreach

  • RCCIs obtaining eligibility information are not exempt from USDA Child Nutrition Program requirements.


Michelle Zvonar
Nutrition Program Consultant
(608) 267-9125
Haley Donlan, MBA, RDN
Public Health Nutritionist
(608) 266-7292
Jennifer Tweed, RDN, CD, LD, NDTR
Nutrition Program Consultant
(608) 266-5191