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Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs)

The CDE School Nutrition Unit works with public institutions called Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs) to provide the full benefits of School Nutrition Programs. RCCIs are operated by a federal, state or local government entity. In Colorado, RCCIs are recognized as a facility school by the Colorado Department of Education. 

  • Institutions must operate principally for the care of children and include, but are not limited to:
    • Residential and/or day program facilities for individuals with physical or mental disabilities
    • Group homes
    • Halfway houses
    • Orphanages
    • Temporary shelters for abused and/or runaway children
    • Juvenile detention centers

School Nutrition Unit Resources


Colorado Department of Education - Office of Facility Schools


USDA Memos


For more information on the administration of School Nutrition Programs in RCCIs, please contact Alicia Grove