Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 4: Nutrition and Food Service

4.9 Food Safety

4.9.0 Dishwashing in Small and Large Family Child Care Homes

Small and large family child care homes should provide a three-compartment dishwashing arrangement or a dishwasher. At least a two-compartment sink or a combination of dish pans and sink compartments should be installed to be used in conjunction with a dishwasher to wash, rinse, and sanitize dishes. The dishwashing machine must incorporate a chemical or heat sanitizing process. If a dishwasher or a three-compartment dishwashing arrangement is not used, paper cups, paper plates and plastic utensils should be used and should be disposed of after every use.
These are minimum requirements for proper cleaning and sanitizing of dishes and utensils (1). The purpose is to remove food particles and other soil, and to control bacteria.
Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Dishwashing in Centers
Appendix K: Routine Schedule for Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 2002. Making nutrition count for children - Nutrition guidance for child care homes. Washington, DC: USDA. http://www/