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April 18-20, 2017


National CACFP Conference 

Join over 1,400 members of the child nutrition community for an incredible few days of training, networking, and learning opportunities!

 

Monday  ●  April 17, 2017

9:00 am-12:00 pm

National CACFP Sponsors Association Board Meeting

12:30 pm-2:00 pm

USDA: Paperwork Reduction Committee Meeting

2:00 pm-8:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

2:30 pm-4:00 pm

NCA Best Practices Committee Meeting

2:30 pm-5:30 pm 

USDA Presents: State Agency Training

4:00 pm-5:00 pm 

Presenters Meetings: Regional Networking Session & Functional Networking Session

Tuesday  ●  April 18, 2017

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

8:00 am-12:00 pm

PRECONFERENCE TRAINING*
  • Show Me the Money: Budgeting 101
  • Serving Summer Meals: Planning, Participation, Policy & Partnering for Success
  • CACFP & The Healthy Out-of-School Time Movement
  • Farm to Preschool: Getting in the Game of Local Food & Learning in Early Child Care

7:30 am-4:00 pm

PRECONFERENCE TRAINING*
New Meal Pattern Implementation Training

 

Lunch On Your Own

12:00 pm-3:00 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open

1:00 pm-2:00 pm

CACFP Certification Program Overview

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Guru Meetups

3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Regional Networking Sessions: Northeast | MidAtlantic | Southeast | Midwest | Mountain Plains | Southwest | Western

4:15 pm-5:30 pm

Functional Networking Sessions: Field Staff | Nutritionists | Sponsor Directors | Center Directors | Administration | At Risk & Afterschool | State Agency | Headstart | Tribal

Wednesday  ●  April 19, 2017

7:00 am-5:30  pm

Conference Registration & Information

7:00 am-8:00 am

Continental Breakfast & Meeting Moments

7:00 am-8:00 am
9:30 am-1:30 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open

8:15 am-9:30 am

National Conference General Session

10:00 am-11:00 am

Workshops Session One

11:15 am-12:15 pm

Workshops Session Two

12:15 pm-1:45 pm

Lunch On Your Own

1:45 pm-2:45 pm

Workshops Session Three

3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Workshops Session Four

4:15 pm-5:15 pm

Workshops Session Five

Thursday  ●  April 20, 2017

7:30 am-5:30  pm

Registration & Information

7:30 am-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast & Meeting Moments

7:30 am-9:30 am
11:00 am-1:30 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open

8:15 am-9:15 am

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting
National Professionals Association Symposium

9:30 am-10:30 am

Workshops Session Six

10:45 am-11:45 am

Workshops Session Seven

11:45 am-1:15 pm

Lunch On Your Own

1:15 pm-2:15 pm

Workshops Session Eight

2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Workshops Session Nine

3:45 pm-4:45 pm

Workshops Session Ten

5:00 pm-5:30 pm

Regional Wrap-Up Sessions: Northeast | MidAtlantic | Southeast | Midwest | Mountain Plains | Southwest | Western

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Exhibitor Hall Open

Meet up with industry partners and exhibitors to learn more about their services, products, and resources! This is the kick-off session with additional hall hours following on Wednesday & Thursday.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

CACFP Certification Program Overview

Attendees interested in learning more about how to earn the CACFP Management Professional or CACFP Child Nutrition Professional certifications should come to this session to hear why the program was started, what the qualifications are to earn a CACFP Professional Designation, and next steps to getting the certification complete!


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Guru Meetups

New this year, we’ll be offering attendees an opportunity to sign up onsite to visit one-on-one with experienced professionals.

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Regional Networking Sessions

Northeast | MidAtlantic | Southeast | Midwest | Mountain Plains | Southwest | Western

We know that networking is one of the most valued benefits of attending a national conference with fellow child nutrition community professionals. With over 1,000 attendees, NCA helps facilitate that right from the start by hosting the Regional Networking Sessions as one of our kick-off sessions. Get to know your regional office representative, NCA board member and regional representative. Meet your neighbors!


4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Functional Networking Sessions

Field Staff | Nutritionists | Sponsor Directors | Center Directors | Administration | At Risk & Afterschool | State Agency | Head Start | Tribal

Many times, we simply need to meet up with people who get it. We need to visit with other professionals who do exactly what we do, every single day. Don’t miss this session where you get that opportunity to meet and network with people who work in your field, in your space. Share success, talk challenges, and go home knowing you have new friends you can reach out to throughout the year for advice and information.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

8:15 AM – 9:30 PM

General Session & Keynote Speaker

Coming Soon!

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

8:15 AM – 9:15 PM

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting

Join fellow members of the National CACFP Sponsors Association for our annual meeting to hear more about where we are, what we’ve accomplished, and what we have planned! We’ll talk shop, introduce staff, review financials, and share immediate and long-term goals.

 

8:15 AM – 9:15 PM

State Agency Symposium

Join the National Professionals Association board members for an hour of shop talk specifically for State Agency staff.

 

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Regional Session Wrap-Up Session

This end-of-conference get-together is a chance for attendees to meet again, talk about lessons learned, share stories, and revisit main messages from the conference.

 

 

PRECONFERENCE SESSIONS
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

These deep-dive sessions are classroom-style, limited in size and require pre-registration. All preconference sessions are concurrent.

8:00 AM–12:00 PM

The Healthy Out-of-School Time Movement & CACFP

Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Lauren Marciszyn Technical Advisor Healthy Living YMCA of the USA
Stacey McDaniel Project Manager Anti-Hunger Initiative YMCA of the USA
Kellie May, Director of Health and Wellness, National Recreation and Park Association
Manuel Gonzalez, District Manager, City of San Diego
TBD USDA Food and Nutrition Services 

Imagine if all 10.2 million young people who were enrolled in afterschool programs had the opportunity for healthy snacks, meal and engaging nutrition enrichment. Imagine if afterschool program providers and school nutrition staff had the training and resources to collaborate, partner and take-action. This interactive and hands-on preconference session will explore the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA), including implementation efforts by national youth-serving organizations.

Participants will discuss the connection betwe­­en food insecurity, childhood obesity and quality improvement efforts; learn how to align their existing work with the NAA HEPA Standards; discover strategies to engage with key national organizations implementing healthy eating best practices; engage in nutrition enrichment activities that can be used to support the new CACFP meal pattern; explore the new Smart Foods Planner including products, recipes and menu plans; review family and community engagement strategies and create an outreach action plan; contribute to an upcoming Healthy Out-of-School Time article, and leave with resources to use immediately.

Farm to Preschool: Getting in the Game of Local Food & Learning in Early Child Care

Lacy Stephens, Farm to Early Care and Education Associate, National Farm to School Network
Holly Prestegard, Nutritionist, USDA Food and Nutrition Services
Joshua Smith, Program Coordinator, Our Daily Bread of TN 

Farm to early care and education (ECE) is a group of activities and strategies that include the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food-based learning activities. Farm to ECE initiatives not only integrate seamlessly with the learning style of young children, but are also an evidenced-based approach to meeting educational and nutrition standards (including CACFP meal patterns) and improving the quality of early care and education environments. In this interactive session, farm to early care and education experts and leaders from the National Farm to School Network, US Department of Agriculture, Taking Root Tennessee along with local ECE providers will share insight and resources to help you start or expand farm to early care and education initiatives in your program or community. Whether you are a seasoned expert or are just ready to plant your first seeds, you will come away with concrete plan to “grow” health and wellness, experiential learning opportunities, and parent engagement through farm to ECE.

Serving Summer Meals: Planning, Participation, Policy & Partnering for Success

Clarissa Hayes, Food Research Action Center
TBD USDA Food and Nutrition Services

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is an important tool for addressing the nutrition gap low-income children face when the school year ends – and success depends on collaboration, proactive planning, and partnerships every step of the way. This interactive and informative session will cover the nuts and bolts of SFSP and beyond, including: USDA resources and streamlining policies for sponsors; emerging trends and promising practices that can be replicated in your community; strategies for improving meal quality and reducing food waste; anti-hunger advocate perspectives on facilitating community collaboration and buy-in; and examples of effective outreach and marketing efforts. Whether you are a CACFP sponsor operating SFSP for the first time, or a year-round sponsor looking to expand or sustain your current operations, you will leave this session with practical resources, new contacts, and a concrete plan to reach more children with nutritious meals during the summer months. 

Show Me the Money: Getting Through the Budget Approvals Process

Cherese Myree, CFE, Vice President, MH Miles Company, CPA PC
Monica Miles, CPA, CFE, President, MH Miles Company, CPA PC 

This training is a 101 level overview of the generally accepted source documentation to support allowable costs for CACFP operations. Attendees will learn about best practices for determining if proposed Program costs are necessary, reasonable and allowable. Discover the impact the management plan has on the budget; what constitutes a related party transaction; and who has the burden of proof for ensuring proposed costs are necessary, reasonable, and allowable. Training will include group activities, discussion on proposed Program costs that are often questioned, and tools to assist with avoiding common budget submission mistakes.

 

7:30 AM–4:00 PM

CACFP New Meal Pattern Implementation Training

Institute of Child Nutrition

The Institute of Child Nutrition will lead this session co-authored with the UDSA and designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources for implementing the new CACFP meal standards. This session has been presented to state agency staff previously and aims to increase participants' effectiveness and productivity while implementing the new CACFP guidelines.

Class size is limited and will run up to 8 hours. Lunch will be rolled in for participants. Note: this training is currently scheduled to end at 4 PM and attendees may not be able to attend the National CACFP Conference Regional Networking Session scheduled for 3PM-4PM.

WORKSHOPS

 Workshop Directory  Meet the Presenters

 

Browse conference workshops online!

Nutrition Program Operations Training & Technology
Program Administration Financial Management Non-Profit Management
Civil Rights & Policy Research & Resources Program Spotlight
At Risk Afterschool Summer Food Head Start

 

Nutrition

Superpower your Breakfast with Meat/Meat Alternates

Amanda Tucker, Child Nutrition Consultant, Texas Education Service Center Region 11
Ryan Brown, Child Nutrition Program Specialist, ESC Region 4

Participants will learn more about how to utilize the new CACFP meal pattern rule for breakfast to substitute Meat/Meat Alternates for grain up to 3 times per week. Participants will also learn benefits of consuming protein at breakfast, learn about 3-week cycle menu pattern for breakfast adding variety to their current offerings, as well as walk away with new menu ideas and see demos and taste samples.

Preparing Vegetables: Tasty Tips and Tricks

Kelly Waldron, Child Nutrition Programs Chef & Specialist, Texas Educational Service Center 13
Dianet Lopez, CACFP Program Specialist, Texas Educational Service Center 13

In this food-focused, chef-led demonstration class, participants will learn simple knife skills and a variety of easy, colorful vegetable recipes.  The recipes appeal to young palates while complying with the new CACFP meal pattern. Printed recipe cards will be available to take back to sites.

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere

Pat Siergiey, CMP, CCNP, Program Coordinator, Capstone Community Action

With the obesity rates in preschoolers more than doubling over the last three decades and one in eight preschoolers classified as obese we will look at where the sugar is hiding and you will see why the new regulations are eliminating the grain based sweets.

Supporting Healthy Habits with Plant-Strong Initiatives

Karla Dumas, RD, Food Policy, The Humane Society of the United States
Lauren Pitts, RD, Food Policy Coordinator, The Humane Society of the United States

Whether children choose an occasional meatless meal, or follow this eating pattern full-time, experts agree that plant-based foods are healthful choices at all life stages and are consistently linked to reduced risk of chronic, preventable diseases. Learn why and how programs are embracing easy to implement plant-strong initiatives customers of all ages will enjoy.

Engaging Children: Look What I Made!

Louvina Johnson, Nutrition Coordinator, Gila River Headstart
Esther Jackson, Tribal Cook, Gila River Headstart
Deanna Black Elk, Cook, Gila River Headstart
Amy Johns, Cook, Gila River Headstart

How do we get our kids to eat different foods? Children are more apt to eat what they have a hand in making. Featuring ten-minute recipes which refocus on healthy snacks, we explore four ideas on how to make this happen and give out recipes to take home.

Creditable Foods for Infants

Lori Muzquiz, Child Nutrition Specialist, CACFP & SFSP, Texas Education Service Center Region 17
Tarrah Moreno, Child Nutrition Specialist, CACFP & SFSP, Texas Education Service Center Region 17

The workshop highlights the CACFP New Meal Pattern for Infants and applies the latest policy memos and resources for identifying creditable foods that meet the requirements of the New Infant Meal Pattern.

Two Hours & 15 Minutes (Double Session)
The Benefits of Breakfast & Meals Solutions

Keith Ayoob, Associate Clinical Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Mary Bartz, Principal, Bartz Consulting Group

The Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition at General Mills will provide early care and education professionals with a thorough and robust overview of the new CACFP meal patterns with recommendations on the best foods to serve. This presentation will also review trends in breakfast consumption and demonstrate how breakfast plays a critical role in meeting the nutrition needs of today’s youth. A demonstration of fun and affordable recipes that meet the new CACFP guidelines, featuring cereal and yogurt, will be showcased and recipe cards shared.

Love Your Heart: Eating Heart Healthy with Seafood

Traci Causey, MS, MBA, SNS, Programs & Education Manager, Seafood Nutrition Partnership

The workshop will highlight the seafood recommendation in the Dietary Guidelines and provide resources for CACFP programs and the community. Attendees will participate in a sample Eating Heart Healthy class that includes information on cardiovascular risks, health and nutritional benefits of eating seafood, and purchasing and preparation tips.

Sensational Snack Ideas for CACFP

Amanda Tucker, Child Nutrition Consultant, Texas Education Service Center Region 11
Ryan Brown, Child Nutrition Program Specialist, Texas Education Service Center Region 4

This one hour class will discuss to two routes for sensational snack ideas. First will be a pre-packaged or shelf stable snacks paired with fresh fruit for speed and efficiency. The second route will be a made from scratch method using pre- planned leftover snack cycle to make the most of your reimbursement dollar while adding variety to your offerings. This presentation will include demos, samples, and recipes for you to take home.

Farm to Early Care and Education: Going Local for CACFP Success

Lacy Stephens, Farm to Early Care and Education Associate, National Farm to School Network
Holly Prestegard, Nutritionist, USDA Food and Nutrition Services
Rosa Romero, Farm to Preschool Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
Lita Moore, Executive Director, North County Community Services Early Education Program

From pulling carrots in the garden to enjoying local apples at snack, farm to early care and education initiatives -- including local procurement, gardening, and food-based education -- can support success in meeting new CACFP meal pattern requirements while increasing children’s acceptance of the new foods found on their plates.


Two Hours & 15 Minutes (Double Session)
Child Nutrition Training

Cynthia Snyder, Childcare Specialist, Novick Brothers Corporation
Marcia Wileczek, Director of Childcare Relationships, Novick Brothers Corporation

This event is a comprehensive training on the USDA guidelines and nutritional requirements for early childhood and school age food programs. It is geared for all levels of audience including but not limited to, owners, directors, teachers and cooks. Parent component trainings are also given in this format for parent partnership with their school’s food program. No prior knowledge is required. The audience will partake in CN (Child Nutrition) label training, how to measure portion sizes with demonstration, how to read and identify a food label and what a child requires nutritionally in these age groups, children 0-12 years. This training is for the ability to understand, remember and recall for future use.

Culture in the Kitchen & Special Diets

Kristina Bedikian, CCNP, Nutrition Coordinator, Acelero Learning Head Start Clark County

Vegan. Vegetarian. Organic. Gluten Free. Ethnic menus. Regional ingredients. Wondering how to make these compatible with the CACFP regulations? Learn how to collaborate in the classroom, talk about options you have and how to develop menus, and what conversations you need to have with families.

Program Operations

Two Hours & 15 Minutes (Double Session)
Creating Smarter Mealtimes in Child Care Settings

Dr. David Just, Cornell University
Heidi Kessler, MS, SNS, Executive Director, Smarter Lunchrooms National Office, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs
Bianca Smith, MDA, RD, Washington Team Nutrition Grant Coordinator, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Londa Tindle, Director, Providers Premier Choice of SEK, Inc.

What influences eating behavior in young children? What kind of simple changes to mealtimes can nudge kids to voluntarily select and consume healthier foods? Children participating in a smarter mealtime are more likely to choose healthier foods and eat them too! Learn how to create a positive mealtime environment with low- and no-cost solutions in home care and child care centers using the six Smarter Lunchroom principles, adapted for the early childcare environment. Attend this session to be on the forefront of the Smarter Mealtimes in Child Care Settings Movement and learn how to use the Smarter Mealtimes in Child Care Settings Scorecard to assess and improve the child care mealtime environment. 

50,000 Providers Can't Be Wrong: Nutrition, Training, and Record Keeping Made Easy

Lisa Mack, Executive Director, National CACFP Sponsors Association
Pat Siergey, CMP, CCNP, Program Coordinator, Capstone Community Action
Ann Schuetzle, Nutrition Education Director, Heartland Child Nutrition

Would you like to find nutrition information, CACFP best practices, table crafts, physical activities, business tips for providers, provider training modules, parent provider connection letters and record keeping all in one place? Over 50,000 providers do with the NCA Nutrition Calendar & Training Program. Learn how to translate these materials into credentialing hours for your providers and experience first-hand how CACFP best practices and meal pattern implementation are supported daily!

Local Foods: Plan, Purchase, and Serve

Emilee Case (Feldhausen), Farm Fresh Specialist, Texas Department of Agriculture
Kristie Hubbard, Nutrition and Food Systems Team Lead, Community Nutrition Programs, USDA, Food and Nutrition Services, Western Regional Office
Abigail Harper, Farm to School Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

Michigan State, USDA-Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), and the Texas Department of Agriculture present on successful models of local purchasing in a variety of child care center settings. The presentation includes Federal policy, menu planning and best practices. Attendees will leave with concrete steps to begin or increase their use of local products in menus and enrichment activity programming.

Waste Not, Want Not, Save Money

Stephanie Joyce, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Jill Turley, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Over one-third of foods produced globally are wasted. Millions of Americans live without access to safe, nutritious foods. Smart, realistic purchasing strategies, like maximizing USDA Foods, can reduce waste, help your bottom line, and increase customer satisfaction. Use USDA Foods to transform your menu with restaurant-style dishes and boost perceptions of your program, increasing customer approval and stakeholder buy-in. Creative, innovative techniques reduce food waste, increase buying power, and leave customers wanting more.

What Would You Do? Monitors’ Real Life Situations

Jacki Redmond, Field Representatives, Mid Michigan Child Care Food Program
Karen Strauch, Field Representative, Mid Michigan Child Care Food Program

As a food program monitor we all have been in unexpected situations. Our real-life experiences could help someone else know what to do if they get in that same or similar situation. This role-play workshop is designed to help us be prepared in any encounter in homes or centers.

Training & Technology

Making Changes One Bite at a Time: Implementing the New Meal Patterns

Kate Abernathy, Director of Nutrition Education, Providers Choice

This train the trainer workshop offers ideas and tools needed to incrementally implement changes to the new meal patterns. Making Changes One Bite at a Time will lead to acceptance and successful execution of these changes. Leave with strategies and a fun, interactive workshop that providers love.

Healthy Habits for Tiny Tummies: Effective Strategies for training CACFP providers in Nutrition and Obesity Prevention

Sherri Ambrose, EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) Educator, University of Illinois Extension EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program)
Antonia Marie Mercer, Early Childhood Intervention Coordinator, University of Illinois Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion

Training home and center based CACFP providers with nutrition skills is key to reducing childhood obesity. We used existing EFNEP/SNAP-Ed resources to develop a provider cooking school which: assessed skill gaps, encouraged real-life problem solving, explored key nutrition standards, and evaluated future needs for programming and training.

Taking Root From the Inside-Out: Introducing and Reconnecting Through The Garden Experience

Joshua Smith, CMP, CCNP, Program Coordinator, Our Daily Bread of TN
Candayce Howard, Program Specialist, Our Daily Bread of TN

Take the garden experience from the classroom to the outdoors with creative and inexpensive ideas. Learn how to promote healthier food choices by growing fruits and vegetables. Prepare preschoolers for the Farm to School model by introducing science, math, and environmental stewardship all while improving social and interpersonal skills.

Presentation Pointers

Jennifer Basey, MA, Program Associate, National CACFP Sponsor Association

Presenting is hard work! We will discuss tips to help you become a more successful trainer and the key components for developing a complete and engaging presentation.

Food for Thought: Supporting Healthy Brain Development Through Good Nutrition

Kate Abernathy, MS, RD, LDN, Director of Nutrition Education, Providers Choice

Good nutrition is one of the best ways to support healthy brain development for children in child care. Through this workshop, you will learn the importance of dietary fat in brain development, how good nutrition can maximize brain function, and how foods high in fat and sugar can influence the brain's reward center. Techniques and strategies to encourage positive eating habits that promote brain development and overall healthy nutrition will also be discussed.

Skills for Success: USDA Team Nutrition Training Materials for Updated CACFP Meal Patterns

Alicia White, MS, RD, Chief, Nutrition Education and Promotion Branch, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs
Mimi Wu, MS, RD, Nutritionist, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs
Xaviera Davis, MS, Nutritionist, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs

The CACFP Meal Patterns were updated in April 2016 to ensure that participants will receive a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, more whole grains, and fewer added sugars and saturated fat. Come and explore new training materials designed to help providers meet the updated CACFP meal pattern requirements and strategies for talking with parents about the healthy changes.

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals

Leigh Ann Edwards Hall, MPH, RDN, National Director of Nutrition and Food Skills Education, Share Our Strength
Jill Cox, MS, RD, Program Development Specialist, Penn State Better Kid Care

Share Our Strength's Cooking Matter for Child Care Professionals offers practical ideas to serve healthy foods to young children in a way that is appealing and cost effective. This resource is helpful for seasoned food service personnel as well as family child care providers who are looking to improve their cooking knowledge and skills. This workshop will feature sample activities as well as introduction to a new online resource developed in partnership with Penn State Better Kid Care.

CenterPilot - Your Online Center Claim Managment Solution

Angela Young, Operations Manager, CenterPilot

The newest and fastest way to manage every time consuming CACFP task in your center based sites is with CenterPilot. Bring your internet capable devices to practice enrolling participants, planning meals, generating MPRs and tracking receipts. Come play with us! Who says record keeping can't be fun?

Got Internet? Connect & Claim

Michael Spevacek, Application Developer, The AccuTrak Group LLC

Learn how the web-based CACFP.Net for sponsors, providers and centers works and why it's comprehensive, cost-saving and easy to use. An internet connection is all you need to complete records, validate claims, generate reports and checks. Learn to connect with scanners and tablets for field-staff recordkeeping.

Minute Menu HX Basics for Beginners and New Employees

Lori Johnson, Implementation Specialist, Minute Menu Systems
Dawn Perez, Senior Implementation Specialist & Training Director, Minute Menu Systems

Calling all new employees and anyone looking to learn the fundamentals of Minute Menu HX. This introductory class will cover essential functions such as: provider information, child information, reviews, processing claims, important reports, and more!

Meal Pattern Changes: Preparing Providers with Minute Menu HX

Dawn Perez, Senior Implementation Specialist and Training Director, Minute Menu Systems, LLC

Minute Menu HX can help you transition providers to the new meal pattern. We’ll talk about effective ways to train providers, how to track training and progress using Minute Menu HX. We’ll also preview any changes that are ready for release (pending availability).

Training Providers to use KidKare

Dawn Perez, Senior Implementation Specialist and Training Director, Minute Menu Systems, LLC

Learn how to access KidKare, the new online claiming website for providers, which is replacing all Minute Menu KIDS and WebKids products. KidKare is accessible from most devices, including smart phones, tablets, desktop computers, and yes, that includes Macs. 

Program Administration

The Serious Deficiency Process DE-MYSTIFIED

Barbara J. Smith, Senior Program Analyst, USDA-FNS-Child Nutrition Programs

The Serious Deficiency Process is often described as "dysfunctional". FNS would like to have input from CACFP participants on revising/improving the process to maintain and strengthen the integrity of the Program. Join with other CACFP professionals in this highly interactive session to develop recommendations to achieve best Program outcomes.

Balancing Integrity with Program Access

John Kirwan, Program Specialist, USDA National Office

Family Day Care Home (FDCH) provider participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is decreasing while participation in child and adult care centers and the At-Risk Afterschool Care programs are increasing. Concurrently, greater emphasis is being placed on program integrity in the CACFP. This interactive session will include a panel discussion identifying participation and program integrity challenges, as well as a discussion of strategies and best practices for expanding access to, and participation in, the CACFP, particularly among FDCH providers.

The National Disqualified List (NDL): Ensuring Program Integrity

Suzanne Diggs, Program Analyst, FNS-USDA

The National Disqualified List (NDL) is a list of entities that have been disqualified from participating in CACFP. Sponsoring Organizations must check the NDL to verify their employees are not on the NDL or face disqualification themselves. This workshop covers how to gain access to and use the NDL.

Provider Retention

Sharon Woodward, Executive Director, S&D Instructional Services
Donna Hurley, Executive Director, S&D Instructional Services

It's no secret that the number of licensed home based providers is rapidly shrinking. How can your agency support providers in a meaningful way? This workshop includes lots of tools and strategies to help providers stay in business.

Seeds To Success for Successful Sponsors

Valeria Anglin, Director, Essential Needs

This workshop will give an overview on how creating data bases and proper management controls aid in you becoming a successful sponsor. We will outline why proper seeds must be planted within the core of your organization's administration to properly oversee the CACFP as a sponsor. We will share some of our daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that must be performed before we can properly do our month end close.

Two Hours & 15 Minutes (Double Session)
Writing Policies and Procedures for your CACFP Organization

Carolyn Miller, Child Nutrition Consultant, ESC - Region 11
Jo Ann Eudy, RN, BSN, Child Nutrition/School Health Specialist, ESC Region 16

The procedures in your CACFP will drive all the policies that must be in writing for your CACFP business. This class is aimed at the general wording organizations need to write basic policies & procedure. This class will guide you with a working template to write productive policy and procedures that will be easy to implement and maintain. You will leave with important terms, specific steps that must be met in a procedure, and what general information needs to be included in the procedure to begin writing your own.

Ideas That Work to Streamline CACFP

USDA Food and Nutrition Services

If we are building a CACFP for the future, we need to modernize and streamline today! We know that reducing paperwork can help free up time and make better use of scarce resources, especially now as we transition to the new meal patterns. Recommendations from the 2015 Report to Congress on reducing paperwork show us where the opportunities are to make monitoring, reporting, and operating CACFP easier and more effective. Join with other CACFP professionals in this highly interactive session. Share modern business practices, find efficiencies, and solve problems to make the flexibilities that already exist work to achieve the best Program outcomes.  

Financial Management

Investigating Fraud, Waste & Abuse in Federally Funded Programs: Red Flags in the CACFP & SFSP

Cherese Myree, Vice President,MH Miles
Monica Miles, CPA, CFE, President, MH Miles

Gain expert insight on investigating allegations of noncompliance in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program. Learn how to identify red flags during a monitoring review. Participants will walk away with interview techniques, sampling methodologies, and best practices that have been instrumental in identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in federally funded programs.

Understanding Allowable Costs

Susan Weeks, FNS Program Analyst, USDA

This presentation will focus on administrative budgets and using the FNS Institution 796-2 and OMB guidance to determine if proposed costs would be allowable. Retaining CACFP funds for administrative costs incurred by sponsors of unaffiliated centers will also be discussed.

CACFP Administrative Budgets

Mark Speight, Southwest Regional Office,USDA Food and Nutrition Services

This session will provide tips and “Best Practices” on the preparation of an acceptable Administrative Budgets.  Topics will include; the importance of strategic planning, using historical financial information to develop the budget, determining what expenses are allowable/unallowable, identifying staffing requirements, how excess administrative funds affect the budget and updating the budget throughout the year.

What Happens to the Money? Tracking Income When A Center Leaves

Cherese Myree, Vice President,MH Miles
Monica Miles, CPA, CFE, President, MH Miles

Sponsors of unaffiliated centers have a financial obligation for reporting a center's annual income and reimbursements when they jump ship and switch to a new sponsoring organization. While you may think you're done, you are still required, in fact liable, for the unspent income that follows that center.

Informal and Formal Procurement in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Justin Adelman,California Department of Education

This session will cover regulations and requirements of the informal and formal procurement processes under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This training is intended for any agencies that purchase more than $3,500 worth of goods or services in a single transaction or enter into contracts. All agencies, regardless of size or income, must follow federal procurement guidelines when operating the CACFP.

Micropurchasing in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Justin Adelman,California Department of Education

This session will cover the regulations and requirements for agencies that do not purchase goods or services valued at more than $3,500 per transaction, which is defined as a “micro-purchase.” This session is intended for small Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) agencies that do not have large or complicated purchasing needs. All agencies, regardless of size or income, must follow federal procurement guidelines when operating the CACFP.

Balancing Finances and Integrity through Bright Track Training

Susan Still, Director of Child Nutrition Training, Brighton Training Group

Don't let finances challenge integrity when Bright Track’s system is the answer. Stretch budgets while tracking results of sponsors and sites training. By verifying knowledge, you protect against disallowances and program violations. Bright Track’s available for both CACFP and SFSP, and addresses all major training topics.

Effective Purchasing Practices

Chris Primiano, Executive Vice President, Food & Supply Source

This is not a sales pitch – in our “Reverse Town Hall” style setting we will discuss where true costs are and how to reduce costs, time and effort. This will be a truly interactive conversation and discussion, be prepared to talk.

Non-Profit Mangement

Problem Solving, Networking & Strategies: Developing Lifetime Relationships

Melissa Moore, CMP, Program Director for Food Access, Family League
Kristen Bussenger, Director, Revolution Foods

This workshop will be a lively discussion in a speedy format. Make connections you can call on for years after the conference. Takeaways will include new strategies for building your program; tangible lessons learned – and how to apply those to your organization. Develop relationships with nationwide sponsors to continue networking, problem-solving, and implementing after the conference.

Red Light Green Light: Analyzing Business Opportunities for CACFP Sponsors

Brent Chamberlain, MBA, Business Development Director, My Food Program

How do you know when to give a project a “green light” to move forward or to give it a “red light” and say no? This session will introduce tools you can use to make important business decisions that affect your sponsorship such as staffing, software purchases and grant projects. After this session, attendees will be able to calculate the true cost per hour of employee time, analyze costs associated with a project, use project analysis tools to make informed business decisions that benefit your CACFP sponsorship or organization, and understand that more revenue does not always equal more value.

Building A Brand: Why Promoting Child Nutrition Programs Matters

Stephanie Joyce, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Jill Turley, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Michelle Owens, National OST Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

We face many demands. It often feels like little time is left for promoting our programs. Let’s explore integrating brand creation, social media and customer service. Build a brand that aligns with customers’ expectations. Learn how to use social media to boost your marketing strategy. And discover ways to incorporate nutrition promotion. Marketing efforts enhance the experience of your customers, ultimately increasing Average Daily Participation. This session is BYOD – Bring Your Own Device!

Non-Profit Board Recruitment and Development

Alexia Thex, Partnerships Manager, National CACFP Sponsors Association

What makes an effective Board Member and how do you find one? Join us for a session focused on both recruiting high quality board members and implementing strategies to help you maintain a highly effective board. Participants will leave with sample recruitment letter, sample job description and networking strategies. Participants will also get an overview of what constitutes an effective board and how to develop your own strategies to make each board member an effective contributor and supporter of your organization.

Effective Leadership

Suzanne Zanella, CMP, CCNP, Sr. Project Director, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Debra Ghia, VP CACFP, Leheigh Valley Child Care

Becoming an effective leader is not a one-time thing. It takes time to learn and practice leadership skills until they become a part of you. Learning how to be a more effective leader is within everyone’s grasp – whether you lead multiple teams, an entire company or just one staff member. Full knowledge of your organization – inside and out – is vital to becoming an effective leader.

Two Hours & 15 Minutes (Double Session)
Successful Grant Writing

Cynthia L Reeves, Maui County Administrator--Cooperative Extension, University of Hawaii at Manoa CTAHR

This hands-on workshop is ideal for novice grant-writers and those who have had minimal grant-writing success attaining funding.  Participants will gain knowledge and skills on how to use the RFP as a template for their proposal, develop a strong statement of need, measurable objectives and evaluation measures, itemized budgets and budget justifications.  Bring your program ideas to this workshop session and go home with the beginning of a great grant proposal. 

Civil Rights & Policy

USDA FNS Policy Update

Andrea L. Farmer, MS, RD, LD, Chief, Community Meals Branch Policy and Program Development Division Child Nutrition Programs, USDA Food and Nutrition Services

USDA will take attendees through an overview of new and revised policy guidance and share a state of the state update of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service programs.

Two Hours & 15 Minutes (Double Session)
Procurement 101: Developing a Code of Conduct and Written Procurement Procedures

Courtney Hardoin, MS, RD, Nutrition Education Specialist, California Department of Education
Laurie Pennings, MS, RD, Nutrition Education Specialist, California Department of Education

Whether buying from the local grocery store or purchasing from a vendor, all CACFP operators are involved in procurement. Federal regulations require all child nutrition program operators to develop and maintain a written Code of Conduct and procurement procedures. Attend this session to learn how to get started!

Leveraging State Policy and Local Initiatives to Support CACFP Participation

Elyse Homel Vitale, MPH, Senior Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates
Veronica Orona-Klinger, Field Services Department Head, YMCA Childcare Resource Service

Across the nation, participation in CACFP for family child care homes has declined -- but we know that a child’s need for healthy food and a provider’s need resources has not changed. This presentation will explore outside-of-the-box opportunities that support CACFP participation for both homes and centers.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Revisited & Examined

Geri Henchy, Food Research Action Center
Vicki Lipscomb, CMP, Policy Chair & President, National CACFP Sponsors Association

In this workshop, we will examine where we are in the CNR process and what it means to you. We will discuss improvements and/or additions to the child nutrition programs and how it will impact your organization.

Civil Rights Training: Requirements 101

USDA

This is an overview of the Civil Rights requirements for the CACFP state agencies and sponsors. This training will provide information on the Civil Rights obligations of State Agencies, the contractual requirements for CACFP sponsors, and provide resources to assist with administering CACFP in accordance with Civil Rights Requirements.

Civil Rights Reasonable Accomodations

USDA

New guidelines are out. Come learn what this means to you!

Research & Resources


Baby Talk: Improving Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers in Child Care

David Yates, 2016 Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellow, Harvard University
Erin Quann, PhD, RD, Associate Director, Nutrition Research, Gerber Products Company
Brenda Bertrand, PhD, RDN, Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ensuring young children get the right nutrition is no small feat. New research will unveil children’s eating behaviors in child care compared to CACFP guidelines. Real-world solutions will be discussed to help overcome barriers to healthy eating in child care.

Grain Food Patterns: Part of a Healthy Diet

Yanni Papanikolaou, VP, Nutrition Science Research, Nutritional Strategies

Grain Dietary Patterns are associated with greater nutrient intakes, a better diet quality and improved weight-related health measures. We will provide an overview of emerging research on grain consumption and identify how whole- and enriched grains are part of a healthy dietary pattern. The presentation will further examine sources of energy and nutrients contributed from grains in the American diet.  Featuring results in children, adolescents and adults using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Building Healthy Habits through Food Education

Alicia White, Chief, USDA
Christina Conell, Senior Technical Advisor, USDA

Team Nutrition’s popular Grow It, Try It, Like It!  nutrition education kit has been updated for family child care settings.  Discover the new features that have been added to help providers encourage children to try fruits and vegetables in a fun environment. Throughout the session, presenters will draw from real-life examples of child care settings utilizing farm to early care and education strategies to illustrate how simple tactics can be used to integrate nutrition and food education into everyday routines.

Sesame Street in the Communities: Nutrition and Wellbeing

Rocio Galarza, AVP, US Social Impact, Sesame Workshop

Sesame Street in Communities brings together direct service providers as you care for and support vulnerable children and their families. This workshop will explore a robust array of resources with a focus on healthy eating. Together, we can help the kids—and their families—grow smarter, stronger and kinder.

New CACFP Meal Patterns Industry Support:
The Science Behind the Dietary Guideline's Recommendations for the Changes

Tia Rains, Senior Director, Nutrition Research & Communications, Egg Nutrition Center
Grain Foods Foundation

Hear from leaders of Child Nutrition Industry Community as they share the research which supports the changes made to the CACFP Meal Patterns.

Driving Health through Policy and Practice Change in Early Care and Education

Jennifer A. Weber, Director, Healthy Way to Grow, American Heart Association
Katie Bishop Kendrick, State & Community Obesity Policy Manager, American Heart Association

This session will focus on two initiatives in early care and education, Healthy Way to Grow and Voices for Healthy Kids. Healthy Way to Grow (HWTG) is a technical assistance program of the American Heart Association and Nemours that works at the community level to support early care and education programs in creating and implementation wellness policies focused on best practices for food and beverages, active play, and screen time. Voices for Healthy Kids (VFHK), a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association, works to unite communities across America to raise healthy kids and help all kids grow up at a healthy weight. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about pilot program opportunities for CACFP sponsors and walk away from the session with tangible tools that can be immediately applied to current work.    

Team Nutrition Technical Assistance and Nutrition Education Resources for CACFP

Alicia White, MS, RD, Chief, Nutrition Education and Promotion Branch, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs
Sonya Barnes, MS, RD, Chief, Nutrition and Technical Assistance Branch, USDA/FNS/Child Nutrition Programs

Come learn about free nutrition education, training, and technical assistance resources available from Team Nutrition that support CACFP. New tools for purchasing and crediting foods, and new scrumptious standardized recipes will be highlighted, along with other popular Team Nutrition materials that support health and wellness in child care settings.

Leading the Way to Health through Promoting Young Children’s Active Play

Diane H Craft, Professor of Physical Education, Active Play Books

Discover ways of linking physical activity with healthy nutrition to promote wellness among young children. Learn fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate physical activities that use inexpensive equipment, work in small spaces, and accommodate children of varying ages and abilities. View videos of 2-5-year-olds playing these fun activities and try some yourself!

Rainbow In My Tummy®: A Review of the Impact of the Program on Children's Eating Habits

Eliza Paul, Rainbow In My Tummy Director, Verner

In this workshop, you will learn briefly about the Rainbow In My Tummy® program for food culture change in early care and education centers, and hear results of a study analyzing the program's effects on children's eating habits over time.

CACFP Certification Program: How To Earn Your CACFP Professional Designation

Lisa Mack, Executive Director, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Attendees interested in learning more about how to earn the CACFP Management Professional or CACFP Child Nutrition Professional should join NCA Board members to hear why the program was started, what the qualifications are to earn a CACFP Professional Designation, and next steps to getting the certification complete!

Program Spotlight

Virginia’s Nutrition Hubs: Public Schools’ Participation in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program Surge in the Commonwealth

Conchetta Yonaitis, M.Ed., Special Nutrition Programs Manager, Virginia Department of Health
Eddie Oliver, No Kid Hungry Virginia State Director, Commonwealth of Virginia
Ashley Smith, Compliance Review Team Supervisor, Virginia Department of Health
Brandon Archer, Compliance Review Team Liaison, Virginia Department of Health
Brett Mitchem, Special Nutrition Programs Training Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health

The team from the Virginia Department of Health shares their multidisciplinary approach to increasing sponsor participation in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program among public school divisions. Learn ways to increase participation in your State through training, certification, compliance and collaboration.

Connecting School Districts with CACFP Child Care Providers to Solve Food Access

Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP, Wildwood CACFP
Samantha Marshall, T&L Foundation

CACFP Sponsor + Provider + School District = Access to healthier foods at more reasonable cost.  Or does it?  Learn how a Wildwood CACFP, through a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, worked with Colorado school districts to get fruits, vegetables and foods to providers.  Two business models have been created and implemented.  What were the road blocks and speed bumps?  This session will give you a step by step “how to” manual.

Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE) Plus: Lessons from the Land of Enchantment

Patricia Keane, MS, RD, CHILE Plus Project Director, University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center
Renee Conklin, MS, RD, CHILE Plus Nutrition Educator, University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center

CHILE Plus is a New Mexico-grown, multi-component, evidence-based nutrition and physical activity education program for early care and education settings. Participants will learn how CHILE Plus fits into early learning guidelines and aligns with CACFP and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Presenters will demonstrate program activities and effective implementation strategies.

The CACFP and Tribal Nations: Successes and Challenges

Kiev Randall, MS, RD, Tribal Liaison, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Join this panel discussion to hear creative and new ways Tribes successfully implement their CACFP, including ideas about integrating traditional foods into the new meal patterns. Discuss challenges and issues with USDA representatives and ways in which Tribes, States, and the Food and Nutrition Service can collaborate to meet Tribes' needs.

Nebraska Strong: Implementation of the Nutrition & Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care Centers (GO NAP SACC)

Zainab Rida, PhD, RD, LMNT, Director, NE Team Nutrition Program, Nebraska Department of Education
Emily Hulse, MS, Community Program Coordinator and NE Go NAP SACC Coordinator, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Nebraska adopted and modified GO NAP SACC to assist child care facilities enrolled in CACFP in improving their nutrition and physical activity environments, including policies and practices, for the prevention of obesity in preschool aged children. GO NAP SACC is a viable and sustainable approach to implementing comprehensive health changes through policy, systems and environmental initiatives in child care facilities and in collaboration with local and state partners in Nebraska.

Healthy Menu Initiative: Implementing a Standardized Healthy Menu across the U.S. Army Child, Youth, and School Services

Jennifer A. Hanson, PhD, RD, CSSD, LD, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University
Paola Paez, Research Associate Professor, The Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs
Denise E. Laursen, RD, CYS Nutritionist, Child Development Program Branch, IMCOM-HQ, Family and MWR Programs
Jill Joyce, MS, RD, PhD Student in Human Nutrition, Kansas State University

The Army’s Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS) serves more than 70,000 children per day, the importance of serving healthy meals is evident. Standardized, seasonal, nutritious, and cost-effective menus were developed for use in CYSS programs Army-wide. Implementation, as well as the challenges and opportunities of the initiative are discussed.

Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council in Texas

Linda Simmons, MSHP, RD, LD, Nutrition Specialist, Texas Department of Agriculture

The Texas legislature created the Early Childhood Health and Nutrition Interagency Council comprised of members from state agencies and stakeholders from various disciplines and tasked with increasing physical activity, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and promoting breastfeeding among Texans age 0 -5 years. The Council conducted a statewide survey of physical activity policies and practices in licensed childcare facilities in 2016. Results of the Early Childhood Physical Activity Survey and subsequent steps to increase physical activity in young children will be shared. We will also provide a summary of how fruits and vegetables offerings have increased and breastfeeding promotions have impacted the State of Texas.

The Power of Partnerships: Pennsylvania's Journey from Shared Vision to Positive Wellness Outcomes for Children and Families

Rose Gioia-Fine, Manager of Professional Development and Consultation, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit
Dyan Schauer, Program Manager, Tuscarora Intermediate Unit

In this session, participants will meet members of Pennsylvania's Keystone Kids Go workgroup. The KKG workgroup, founded over 10 years ago, is an interagency group that leverages existing resources and seeks funding to create tools, resources and opportunities for early childhood educators, child care centers and families to positively impact the health and wellness of children and families. Participants will learn how the group moved from creating resources and providing onsite professional development for staff and families to partnering with the University of NC Go Nap Sacc developers to adapt their tools for use in online continuous quality improvement efforts now known as PA Nap Sacc. Participants will learn of the positive improvements in physical activity, nutrition and policy development in PA childcare centers, Head Start classrooms and childcare homes attributed to the work of KKG. Participants will leave with access to resources, tips on collaboration that leads to outcomes and motivation to try a new approach. Current funding for this group is supported PA Departments of Education and Health and Center for Disease Control 1305.

At Risk Afterschool

Afterschool and Enrichment: A New Opportunity for CACFP Sponsors

Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Clarissa Hayes, Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, Food Research Action and Center

The healthy out-of-school time movement is growing. With national youth-serving organizations implementing best practices for healthy eating, more afterschool staff than ever are being encouraged to take advantage of Federal Nutrition Programs. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the National AfterSchool Association Standards and we'll discuss opportunities to join the movement.

CACFP ABC’s of @Risk Afterschool

Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP, Wildwood CACFP

Learn the ins and outs of running a successful CACFP – After School At Risk (ASAR) program. Maybe you’re wondering if you should prepare foods onsite or use a vendor? Use an existing sponsor or self-sponsor? How to determine the right number of snacks and suppers? How much paperwork is involved? Whether a school qualifies for the program or not? At this session, you’ll learn about all these considerations and more!

Initiating and Improving Afterschool Meals in Schools

Carolyn Wait, Senior Program Manager, Center for Best Practices, Share Our Strength

Do you work for or partner with schools? Have you implemented the Afterschool Meals Program or thought about starting? This session is a must! After four pilot tests in 47 schools and ten in-depth interviews with school nutrition directors, Share Our Strength developed best practices for successful Afterschool Meals Programs.

Streamlining and Automating Processes: An Introduction

Alexandra Thurston, Administrator, Summer and Afterschool Nutrition Programs, City of Fort Worth

This session will review some ways that sponsors and sites can leverage existing and free tools to work and communicate more efficiently, while improving compliance. Potentially beneficial to all, particularly sponsors.

Strategies for Increasing Participation in At-Risk Afterschool Snack and Dinner Programs

Hannah Duke, Director of After School Programs, YWCA of Adams County
Rebecca Woolsey, Assistant Director of the Zone, YWCA of Adams County

Learn effective strategies to increase open site participation through simple changes at the administrative and site levels. Topics will include menu planning, advertising strategies, incorporating nutritional education into programs, and providing a "restaurant experience."

After School FUN: “Finding Ur Nitch”

Samuel Peters, Administrator, Wonderful Works
Sandra Peters, Site Supervisor, Wonderful Works
Cherita Morris-Huggins, Kitchen Supervisor, Wonderful Works
Toni Burks, Wonderful Works

This train-the-trainer session will give you look at our community-based workshop developed to bring in the community, pique interest in area that may be new to them and then to help stamp out hunger. Finding Ur Nitch involves teaching arts, dance, hygiene, cooking, weight lifting, and styling hair. We tell folks, “Come for the FUN and stay for the food. We provide HOT meals.”

Six Years of the Afterschool Meal Program: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Clarissa Hayes, Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, Food Research and Action Center
Carolyn Wait, Senior Program Manager, Share Our Strength
Shannon Amos, Director of Afterschool Nutrition & Education, Children's Hunger Alliance

This session will reflect on and celebrate the first six years of the Afterschool Meal Program while setting the stage and providing resources for continued success. Speakers will share snapshots of participation data alongside best practices, innovative strategies and solutions to common barriers, and tips for further program expansion moving forward.

Building a Replicable Supper Sponsor Model to Increase Impact

Kristen Bussenger, Director, Revolution Foods
Jessica Skylar, Associate Vice President, Revolution Foods

You've successfully sponsored your first site or two, and are wondering "how can I impact more kids?" This workshop is for you! We will highlight a few business cases for successful replicable supper sponsorships, with a focus on creating successful partnerships with organizations to create an impactful and sustainable supper program.

Identifying and Evaluating: Strategies for Growing the Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs from the Ground Up

Clarissa Hayes, Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, Food Research Action and Center
Alexis Steines, Field Outreach Director, Afterschool Alliance

Mapping and evaluating are important for determining the effectiveness of site locations, existing community partners, and which programs already being offered to children during afterschool and summer hours. Learn from anti-hunger and out-of-school-time experts how to identify underserved areas, gain community support, and build successful programs from the ground up.

Expanding and Building Efficiencies in CACFP At-Risk Afterschool

Brenda Davis Koester, Assistant Director, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This session will address strategies for expanding and building efficiencies into at-risk afterschool CACFP programs. In addition to presenting strategies identified through a national evaluation project, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from each other about their strategies for expansion and building efficiencies into their own programs.

Summer Food

Urban, Suburban, and Rural, Oh My!  Mobile Solutions for Any Terrain

Kara Panowitz, Out of School Time Manager, No Kid Hungry MD/Share Our Strength
Rebecca McDaniel, Program Coordinator of Food Access, Family League of Baltimore

Interested in starting or expanding a mobile meals program? Come learn about innovative practices in place in Maryland. We will discuss challenges and solutions for urban, suburban, and rural counties.

Improving Food Safety: Best Practices for Summer Food Service Programs

Paola Paez, Research Associate Professor, Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs
Elizabeth Dixon, Education and Training Specialist, Institute of Child Nutrition

This session will provide SFSP sponsors and state agencies with information about food handling practices in SFSP and best practices to improve food safety. Due to the number of children served by the program, food safety is important to ensure safe and healthy meals during the summer months.

Cultivating Partnerships to Expand Summer and Afterschool Meals Programs

Carolyn Wait, Senior Program Manager, Center For Best Practices, Share Our Strength
Kara Panowitz, Out of School Time Manager, No Kid Hungry Maryland

Collaboration is crucial for successful Summer and Afterschool Meals Programs. This session will offer national and state-level perspectives on forming strong relationships and ideas for innovative partnerships that will extend your efforts, whether you operate one program or both. Come prepared to brainstorm and plan together!

How to Make the Summer Food Service Program Work for Your Organization

Elisabeth Sweeting, Program Coordinator, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

How do you help your community, grow your child centered program and increase your revenue during the summer? It is very simple, you become a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program! This workshop will break down the program in its simplest form and show you how to make the program work for you.

Win-Win Partnerships: School Nutrition and Out of School Time Programs- Working to Together for Maximum Success

Stephanie Joyce, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Michelle Owens, National Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Jill Turley, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Out of school time programs have an exceptional opportunity to improve the health and wellness of youth through good nutrition and physical activity. Working together, school nutrition programs and out-of-school time programs can leverage assets and resources to create a seamless environment. Join us and we will show you how to make this a reality!

Sponsoring Summer Food: Keys to Financial Management

Cherese Myree, Vice President,MH Miles
Monica Miles, CPA, CFE, President, MH Miles

You're already working the food program and are ready to expand to summer feeding. Hear about best practices to ensure proper internal controls for successful financial management and mitigate high risk program areas.

Creatively Enhancing Your Summer and At Risk After School CACFP

Dr. Lawrence Karow, CMP, CCNP, CEO, UMCFood Ministry
Brendia Moses, Director of CACFP and SFSP, KCEOC Community Action Ptartnership

Together, we will explore creative ways to enhance your At-Risk After School and Summer Food Service programs. These programs bear many similarities in logistics and paperwork, and therefore operating both programs is easier than some might think. Through the experiences of the workshop presenters and participants, proven ideas and best practices that are somewhat “out of the box” will be shared.

Summer Food Program Showcase

Hear from a panel of Western Region Summer Food Program sponsors how they are reaching children during the summer to ensure that every child has access to healthy and nutritious foods when school’s out.

Expanding Your Reach in Your Communities through At-risk Afterschool Meals and the Summer Food Service Program

USDA Food and Nutrition Services

Learn how to expand your CACFP at-risk afterschool meals program and utilize the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to serve meals to children in your community year-round. This presentation will serve as an overview of SFSP and the streamlining policies between the two programs. The presentation will also highlight USDA tools available to assist in expanding the two programs.


Head Start

From Heat and Serve to Scratch Cooking: Improving the Nutrition of Your Menu and Getting Your Cooks on Board

Helen Woo, Dietitian, Jefferson Parish Head Start

Are there too many pre-packaged foods on your menu? Do your cooks balk at the idea of scratch cooking? Are you concerned that your menu may be contributing to obesity, not preventing it? Learn how a Head Start program overhauled its menu and overcame challenges in providing nutritious, scratch-cooked meals.

CLASS Scores Count: Avoid Losing Points During Family Style

Dietrich Love, CMP,Food and Nutrition Services Director, Head Start of Greater Dallas

This session will assist Head Start participants in understanding the connection between family style meal service and CLASS scores.

Special Diets: What You Need to Know for Head Start and CACFP

Kristina Bedikian, CCNP, Nutrition Coordinator, Acelero Learning Head Start Clark County
Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP, Director of Food Services, Acelero Learning Head Start Clark County

Children with food allergies is on the rise. This workshop will help you learn how to identify a child with food allergies, and your next steps. Included will be tools to help you, train staff, speak with parents, disseminate information to all parties involved and create special menus when needed.

Get a Head Start on Health: Successful Sodium Reduction in CACFP Meals

Karen Harmon, RD, CD, Nutrition and Wellness Dietitian, Family Development Services
K. Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN, Cardiovascular Nutritionist, Marion County Public Health Department, Chronic Disease Program

This session highlights a Head Start Program’s commitment to healthier and lower sodium CACFP meals through their participation in the CDC’s Sodium Reduction in Communities Program. Strategies to reduce sodium without compromising taste, acceptance, or cost will be discussed. Participants will receive a 20-page toolkit to use in their programs

Slashing Food and Energy Waste: Smart Procurement, Recipe Remakes and Efficient Cooking Techniques

Amanda Warren, RD, LD, Health & Nutrition Services Manager, Friends of Children and Families, Boise Idaho Head Start

By identifying points of food and energy waste programs can see opportunities for savings and increased efficiency in both food and utilities. Utilizing methods of food storage and production methods from fine dining and large volume producers learn how your kitchen can provide menus that showcase creativity and fresh foods.

What's On Your Plate? Bringing Community Resources, Parents, Early Head Start and Head Start Professionals Together for a Better Nutrition Program.

Katie Waara, Nurition and Lactation Coordinator, BHK Child Development

Discover effective strategies and tools for accessing community resources, engaging parents and motivating EHS/HS professionals in their united role for a successful nutrition program.

CACFP and Head Start Food Services Regulations

Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP, Director of Food Services, Acelero Learning
Kristina Bedikian, Nutrition Coordinator, Acelero Learning

This training will focus on the HSPS 1304.22 that govern child nutrition and how they align with the CACFP program to provide good nutrition to children in Head Start. This training will also provide an update on what is new in the HS Performance Standards concerning child nutrition.

Not Just Slips, Trips and Falls: Preventing Accidents and Repetitive Injuries for Kitchen Staff

Amanda Warren, RD, LD, Health & Nutrition Services Manager, Friends of Children and Families, Boise Idaho Head Start

By incorporating a safety program into your kitchen environment, you can reduce the risk of the most common injuries. By evaluating products ordered, equipment used, repetitive motions, risky behaviors, chemical supplies and available protective equipment you can increase the level of safety in your workplace and decrease injuries and accidents.

Best Practices for Sponsoring Summer and Afterschool Programs

Carolyn Wait, Share Our Strength

Clarissa Hayes, FRAC

Kara Panowitz, No Kid Hungry Maryland

Get the information and tools needed to start, grow, and improve sponsorship of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program and Summer Food Service Program. Share Our Strength’s research, resources, and partnerships will help attendees to implement best practices and find success.

Child Nutrition Program Strategies in Select Florida Food Banks

Caroline Cahill, MPH, Child Hunger Corps Member, Feeding America

Karen Broussard, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Krista Garofalo, Treasure Coast Food Bank

Through the use of case studies, this session will highlight three Florida-based food bank's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child Care Feeding Program (CCFP) strategies that target underserved and rural communities. The case studies reveal the benefits, challenges, and successes of community-tailored programming and increase meals to children throughout the year.

Expanding Your Reach in Your Communities through At-risk Afterschool Meals and the Summer Food Service Program

Tamieka Muns, USDA FNS

Learn how to expand your CACFP at-risk afterschool meals program and utilize the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to serve meals to children in your community year-round. This presentation will serve as an overview of SFSP and the streamlining policies between the two programs. The presentation will also highlight USDA tools available to assist in expanding the two programs.

 

 

 

Successful Vendor Management for Afterschool

At-Risk (ASAR) Meal Programs

Shannon Amos, Children's Hunger Alliance

Melissa Moore, Family League of Baltimore

Kristen Wiley, DirectorRevolution Foods

Join this session for a collaborative discussion on vendor management – with the goal for participants to increase site participation and reach, as well as assist with navigating the bid process.

The Role of State Agencies in Promoting Afterschool and Year-Round Meals

Carolyn Wait, Share Our Strength

Clarissa Hayes, FRAC

Kara Panowitz, No Kid Hungry Maryland

Expanding access and facilitating collaboration are not traditional State Agency priorities, yet they are crucial to the success of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. This session will equip State Agencies with ideas and tools to increase participation and ease the transition to the Summer Food Service Program.

Win-Win Partnerships: School Nutrition and Out of School Time Programs- Working to Together for Maximum Success

Michelle Owens, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Stephanie Joyce, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Out of school time programs have an exceptional opportunity to improve the health and wellness of youth through good nutrition and physical activity.  Working together, school nutrition programs and out-of-school time programs can leverage assets and resources to create a seamless environment.    This interactive workshop will explore strategies you can begin to implement immediately.

 

 

Centers / Headstart

 

Healthy Way to Grow - Improving Nutrition in Early Care and Education

Jennifer Weber, American Heart Association

Stephanie Romney, RD, CDN, American Heart Association

Tris Barber, MA, Technical Trainer, Healthy Way to GrowNemours National Office of Policy & Prevention

This session will highlight the current evidence on early childhood nutrition and how early care and education programs are strengthened in their health and obesity prevention practices through the creation and implementation of center wellness policies; Presenters will share evaluation results with lessons learned from the first two years along with strategies, tools and resources provided to programs across the country in six communities that continue to facilitate healthy habits.

Overcoming Challenges as a CACFP Provider: A Center Director's Perspective

Melodie Griffin, Nemours

Brenda Miller, Nemours

This session will highlight stories from two child care centers success in improving their program practices through CACFP.  A panel discussion with center directors and trainers will focus on strategies used to improve program practices related to meal and snack menus, nutrition education, reduced screen time, and increased physical activity.

Perfecting Partnerships: Working with Vendors and Sponsors for Success

Sara Cole, YMCA of Greater Rochester

Cathy Foran, YMCA of Greater Rochester

In this workshop, we will discuss how to maximize food quality and food access for youth through working with partners including vendors and sponsors, how to advocate for high-quality products and innovative service, and how to increase reimbursable meals served.  This workshop will be useful for all providers interested in serving the best quality food possible to the most people in their community.

Sponsoring Centers: A How-To Guide for Home Sponsors

 

Sponsoring Centers: Marketing 101

When you reach out to an independent center to share the benefits of the food program and relationship with a sponsoring agency, do you get asked why? How come? What’s in it for me? Learn how to market your organization, demonstrate ROI, and capitalize on the existing materials and intellectual capital your organization.  

Family Style Dining: How to Maximize Your Children's Meal Experience

Rhonda Kobylecky, Acelero Learning Clark County Head Start

At Acelero we incorporate science, language, literacy and math during our meal time.   This training will offer fun easy ideas on how you can make meal time a learning environment.  This training will also demonstrate how to teach children about proper portion size for their age and need.  We will also discuss the core principals of family style dining and the CACFP requirements.

Implementation of the USDA Guidelines into Head Start Family Style Dining

Rhonda Kobylecky, Acelero Learning Clark County Head Start

Kristina Bedikian, Acelero Learning Clark County

At Acelero Learning Head Start Clark County, we have been following the IOM recommendations for three years now.  This includes proteins at breakfast, a wide variety of fresh/frozen fruits and vegetable and the limiting of grains at snack to incorporate the recommendation that each component is used only twice.  We have limited processed foods and added more fresh cooked and scratch items using the USDA approved recipes.   We take a proactive approach to menu writing, by the collaboration of the Food Service Director and Nutrition Coordinator, utilizing the expertise of both content areas. The feedback from children, families and staff has been amazing. We are very proud of how far we have come in our menu planning and we enjoy providing great healthy meals to the children.

Smart from the Start: Engaging Head Start Children and Parents in Healthy Habits

Susan Ralston, Sr. Advisor

Val Newcomb, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

Gaining traction for wellness education in a Head Start program is a challenge! From funding, to parent outreach to teacher training, there are many obstacles in the way of giving the best start to children to lead active, healthy lifestyles. The workshop will introduce free Smart from the Start curriculum--aligned to national education  nutrition and health education guidelines and standards including CACFP and Head Start--and supporting resources. Learn best practices for preparing and motivating teachers, how to engage parents and how community members can support your "all hands on deck" training approach. The program is backed by Discovery Education's curriculum development experts and Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation's partners, including NHSA and Penn State Better Kid Care.

 

 

Finance

 

CACFP Administrative Budgets and Procurement

Susan Weeks, USDA FNS

This presentation will focus on budgets, the FNS 796-2 Instruction, and purchasing (procurement requirements) to determine the allowability of costs proposed for a CACFP budget.  Examples of proposed costs will be presented to identify how to determine if a cost would be allowable.

Impact of the OMB Super-Circular on CACFP

Maged Hanafi, Lead Program Specialist, Special Nutrition Programs, MWRO, FNS

Learn how CACFP partners can develop basic knowledge of how to use the OMB Super-Circular as a replacement for multiple program regulations and publications that have been removed by the OMB.

Investigating Fraud Waste & Abuse in Federally Funded Programs: Red Flags in the CACFP & SFSP

Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles

This session will provide sponsoring organization and program monitors with strategies to identify red flags in the CACFP & SFSP. Participants will also obtain best practices for minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse in federally funded programs.

Keys to Successful Financial Management of CACFP & SFSP

Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles

You're already working the food program and are ready to expand to summer feeding. Hear about best practices to ensure proper internal controls for successful financial management and mitigate high risk program areas.

Show YOU the Money! Fundraising 101

Alexia Thex, NCA

Susan Ison, Helping Hands

Kati Wagner, WildwoodCACFP

As 501c3 organizations, non-profits are always looking to increase their budget through fundraising. Join our experienced panelists to discuss strategies for making a presence in your community while raising funds for your organization and explore grant opportunities.

Super Circular Updates: The New Hot Topic

Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles

Effective DATE HERE, financial management tools have changed! Learn how these changes impact your facilitation of federal programs. This is a must attend for any financial decision makers.

 

Management

 

A Case Study in Assessing Readiness for Meal Pattern Changes and Implementing Best Practices

Kayte Partch, Nebraska Department of Education

Based on the results of a case study completed on Nebraskan sponsor feeding practices, perceived barriers and benefits, and readiness to adopt the proposed CACFP meal pattern changes and best practices, participants will learn simple training ideas and strategies to address barriers while emphasizing perceived benefits of implementing changes.

Achieving Program Excellence: Using SWOT Analysis with Sponsors and State Agencies

Melinda Wooten & Conchetta Yonaitis, M.Ed.

Virginia Department of Health

Learn ways to effectively evaluate the CACFP and the SFSP in your state by conducting SWOT analyses of Child Nutrition Programs. Virginia Department of Health staff will demonstrate how to identify programmatic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats by engaging sponsors in a meaningful workshop discussion.

Achieving Work/Life Balance

Donna Duwell, Association for Child Development

Much is said about having work/life balance, but what exactly does that phrase mean?  What are the benefits of it? And how can you achieve it for yourself?

Balancing Integrity with Program Access

John Kirwan, WRO FNS

Family Day Care Home (FDCH) provider participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is decreasing while participation in child and adult care centers and the At-Risk Afterschool Care programs are increasing.  Concurrently, greater emphasis is being placed on program integrity in the CACFP.  This panel discussion  will identify participation and program integrity challenges, as well as a provide a discussion of strategies and best practices for expanding access to, and participation in, the CACFP, particularly among FDCH providers.

Best Practices in Processing Providers Claims: Providing Support and  Ensuring Maximum Compensation

DeAnna Certain, Audria Perkins and Berenice Aguilar

Association for Child Development

Processing claims is not just about making sure providers are reimbursed, but ensuring they are claiming correctly and being compensated appropriately. Our best practices for processing claims is an opportunity to provide support and build relationships with providers who are serving children nutritious meals. In this workshop we will focus on making sure providers are being properly reimbursed. 

Building Partnership

Kamini Jassal, Fairfax County OFC/Community Education and Provider Service

This session will provide sponsoring organization and program monitors with ideas on how to form collaborative partnerships with local universities, like internships, volunteer opportunities and avenues to educate future policymakers. Come hear how the partnership of Fairfax County Office for Children and George Mason University helped promote CACFP, healthy eating, physical activity , and preventing childhood obesity in Fairfax County at no cost.

Leadership for a Change

Suzanne Zanella, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Debra Ghia, Lehigh Valley Childrens Center

Organizations cannot do the same things over and over and except a different result.  Change can cause growth.  Leaders need to initiate change by defining the vision and values.  In the midst of change, leaders need time to reflect.

Strategies for Increasing Home-based Providers Enrollment in the CACFP

Anneliese Feld, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Katherine E. Speirs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Home-based providers are underrepresented in CACFP.  New outreach strategies are needed.  We will discuss how home based providers learn about and decide to participate in CACFP.  Workshop attendees will learn from each other by sharing their successful strategies and developing new approaches.

Stretching Your Resources-Collaboration with National Organizations

Karalee Harper, Heartland Child Nutrition

Collaboration, Partnerships, Working Together---how to move forward when resources are tight.  North Dakota has a unique partnership with the American Heart Association to provide resources to the family child care providers in our state.

The Web-based National Disqualified List (NDL)

Suzanne Diggs, Food and Nutrition Services/USDA

In October of 2014, the National Disqualified List became a interactive web-based system. State Agencies are now responsible for entering disqualified entities into the system, as well as making updates and corrections for the Regional FNS offices to approve. Sponsoring Organizations are responsible for checking the list to ensure the none of their providers or institutions are on the NDL. The list can also be used to run trends analyses and upload information into excel spread sheets.

 

Monitors

 

 

5 Whys: A Simple Process to Get to the Root of Any Problem

Jodi Kuhn, KinderCare Education

Barbie James, KinderCare Education

Amanda Theissen, KinderCare Education

Have you ever trained a site director on the importance of meal counts just to return a month later and find they are still having the same problems? In this interactive workshop, participants will practice some simple but very  effective problem-solving tools for getting at the root cause analysis. Never train the wrong (and ineffective) solutions again!

Panel Presents: Monitor Health & Safety

Avoid the Worst, Put Safety First

Tracy Ellinger, Association For Child Development

Kymberli  Schaal, Association For Child  Development

Elvira Gamboa, Illinois Field Operations AssistantAssociation for Child Development

Denise Meyer, Association For Child  Development

Michelle Stickley, Association For Child  Development

Our workshop will consist of ways to keep monitors prepared while in the field. Topics  covered  will be car &  personal safety, we will provide  tips directed  at helping you be  more aware of your surroundings. We will also include how to best handle unexpected encounters with angry pets.

 

Effective Monitoring

Kym Schaal, Association for Child Development

Augie Navarro, Association for Child Development

This Workshop will introduce you to techniques used to assist and resolve issues that may arise when conducting home reviews. Topics will include the top 3 most challenging occurrences you may experience while conducting home reviews.

Inspiring the Child Care Provider...Ways we can go Above and Beyond the CACFP

Vernita L. Coleman, Our Daily Bread of TN

Sherry Warren, Our Daily Bread of TN

This session will highlight ideas on how a field representative can teach providers new ways to support children and families with healthy eating ideas through nutritional based curriculum. It will bring the ideas from paper into the childcare facility and inspire child care providers with creative ways to teach children about nutrition and best practice and encourage good eating through nutrition and fitness.

Nutrition

 

3 Fun ways to try new foods - hide it, smell herbs, let them make it - prescription for picky eaters

Judy Doherty, Food and Health Communications

3 Fun ways to try new foods - hide it, smell herbs, let them make it - prescription for picky eaters - using food photos, food demos, and audience participation - plus my story on getting a kid and all of his friends to try more whole grains, beans, fruits, and veggies - he went from eating peanut butter only to getting a peanut butter allergy to being in college and cooking everything from scratch. Never give up!

Bridging the Gap: Getting Parents on the Same Page

Gretchen Elkins, Education Service Center, Region 20

Laurie Staples, Education Service Center, Region 20

Center staff and home providers strive every day to provide nutritious meals and maintain a healthy active environment for children in their care, but how can we get families to live well and share the same message at home too?  This session will provide you with the resources to engage parents and encourage families to live a healthy active lifestyle.

Children's Picky Eating and the Role of Family/Care Environments

Maureen Lyons, Learning ZoneXpress

Picky eating is a normal developmental phase. While some children never exhibit picky eating behaviors, others get stuck in this behavior. Learning about children’s food preferences and environmental factors to support children who struggle with picky eating may help them through this phase and promote more varied, healthy food experiences.

Culture & The Eating Environment

Erica Sanford, Arizona Department of Education

This interactive workshop will include a discussion on how culture influences eating habits and will explore practical and fun techniques for incorporating and celebrating culture in the eating environment for children.

Dietary Guidelines For Americans: Everyone has a Role

Shelley Maniscalco, MS, RD, USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Colette Rihane, MS, RD, USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Session explores how Dietary Guidelines for Americans influences the work that many conference attendees do on day-to-day basis. Panelists discuss significance of science-based guidance at the heart of their efforts. Speakers will share unique ways they brought evidence-based nutrition information and MyPlate to life to positively impact lives of millions of Americans.

Feeding Babies Whole Foods: Baby Led Weaning

Jessica Coll, Jessica Coll Nutrition

Baby led weaning (BLW) is the current hot topic in infant nutrition.  It’s about offering fresh whole foods to babies right from the start.  No spoons, no mush!  Come find out why parents are skipping the mush and get tips on how to best guide parents into doing this safely.

From Appetites to Zucchini:

Taking Small Steps Toward Creating a More Nutrition Focused Food Program

Lauren Lazzetti-Moss, Thompson Child & Family Focus

The early childhood world has shifted focus to more nutrition-centered food programs. Deciding where to start can seem overwhelming, but look no further! Taking small steps are key to a lasting impact by making easy, affordable changes. Participants will receive menus, recipes and sample policies to use at their centers.

Growing Healthy Children: Supporting Healthy Child Care Environments with USDA’s Team Nutrition Resources

Mimi Wu, MS, RD, U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs

This session will discuss key recommendations from newly-released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 and how they can be applied in the child care setting. Presenters will showcase free child care resources and trainings available from Team Nutrition and other sources that support CACFP meal patterns, opportunities for physical activity and active play, and limited electronic media use.

Healthier CACFP Recognition Award in Texas

Linda Simmons, Texas Department of Agriculture

The Healthier CACFP Recognition Award is a system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers participating in CACFP. It acknowledges child care centers taking steps to improve their menus, physical activity, nutrition education and the child care environment. Attend this session and learn how Texas is initiating this recognition award.

Healthy Habits Take Root Early: Farm to Preschool

USDA Staff

Incorporating local food and agricultural education into the Child and Adult Care Food Program can play an important role in creating and promoting a healthy environment. In this session, hear from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and partners about farm to preschool resources, best practices and related policy.

MyPlate Partner Education Panel Workshop

Judy Doherty, Food and Health Communications

Avocados By Mexico

Nasco

Nestle

This workshop will feature a panel of experts who all are National Strategic Partners with MyPlate. Learn about the variety of resources available to the child nutrition community from these partners as well as best practices which have been developed.

Taking Root Tennesee

 

The Benefits of Family-Style Meal Service

Lori Muzquiz, Texas Education Service Center

The workshop highlights the benefits of family-style meal service, such as the opportunities for participants to develop social, emotional, and fine motor skills, as well as reduce the incidence of obesity and negative outcomes from choking.  Furthermore, strategies for overcoming its barriers will be presented.

The Case for Homemade & Simple Healthy Snacks Demonstration

Rhys Powell, Red Rabbit

Jackie Walters, Red Rabbit

Made-from-scratch food is tastier, fresher and better for you. Yet administrators and teachers are often pressed for time, and making a fresh snack may often seem daunting given the lack of resources at a typical school program. This 60 minute workshop will explore the many benefits of implementing a fresh snack program at a school or center and go over three easy recipes that can be prepared in under 5 minutes in any space.

Nutrition, Training, and Record-Keeping:

Why 50,000 Providers Love the NCA Calendar

Pat Siergiey, Capstone Community Action

Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Would you like to find nutrition information, table crafts, physical activities, training modules, parent provider connection letters and record keeping all in one place? Learn how to translate these materials into crediting hours for your providers and exp experience first-hand how easy it is to make (and taste) the featured recipes.

Three Ways to Prepare for the New Meal CACFP Pattern Requirements for Children

Amanda Tucker, Region 11 Education Service Center

Lori Muzquiz, Region 14 Education Service Center

This workshop defines what it means to offer grains that are whole grain, whole grain-rich and creditable cereals, what it means to use a meat/meat alternate at breakfast to meet half of the Grain/Bread requirement, and offers suggestions for replacing grain-based deserts.

 

Policy

 

Civil Rights Training: Requirements 101

Gail Hoffman, USDA Civil Rights

David Youngblood, Civil Rights FNS USDA

This overview of the Civil Rights requirements for CACFP state agencies and sponsors. This training will provide information on the Civil Rights obligations of State Agencies, the contractual requirements for CACFP sponsors, and provide resources to assist State agencies and sponsors with adminstering CACFP in accordance with Civil Rights requirements.

Civil Rights Training: Limited English Proficiency Reviews*

Gail Hoffman, USDA Civil Rights

Learn more about the Limited English Proficieny civil rights that are increasingly becoming a larger focus for state agencies.Ensure that access to our services is being made available and that you are aware of the responsibilities and resources available from the Civil Rights office.

Civil Rights Training: Reasonable Accommodations and Food Allergies

David Youngblood, Civil Rights, FNS USDA

This session will cover the requirements for providing reasonable accommodations to program participants who have disabilities, with a particular emphasis to individuals with food allergies.

Happier, Healthier Kids:  Will Changes to CACFP Meal Patterns Make an Impact?

Sallyann Bergh, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

Arianne Corbett, Leading Health, LLC

Blake Stanford, President/CEOSW Human Development Services

Curious about how the USDA’s changes to CACFP meal patterns will impact children and your ECE providers? This session will highlight new research conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  We’ll examine findings related to costs, participation, and health and identify ways to improve implementation.

*New CACFP Meal Patterns and Implementation Plan

Laura Carroll, USDA

Andrea Farmer,  USDA

Hear directly from USDA about the brand new CACFP meal patterns that were recently published. USDA will describe what is required in the new meal patterns final rule, how the new meal patterns are different from the current and the proposed meal patterns, and what technical assistance USDA is developing to ensure successful implementation of the new meal patterns.

Policy Matters: Why Understanding and Taking Action Are Not Negotiable

Advocacy

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015: Why It Really Matters

Geri Henchy, Food Research Action Center

Vicki Lipscomb, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Learn more about the CACFP & SFSP bills presented to Congress that directly impact child nutrition food programs. Get the 411 on Senator Bob Casey’s bill S1833: Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act and Representatives’ Bonamici and Stefanik bill HR Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act. Learn more about how these bills will impact your food program organization.

Summary of Report to Congress: Reducing Paperwork in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Vicki Lipscomb, Child Nutrition Programs

Rosie Daugherty, USDA

Natalie Clark, Minute Menu

This session provides a summary of the recommendations to Congress for reducing unnecessary or duplicative paperwork for States, sponsoring organizations, and centers.  The report submitted on behalf of the CACFP Paperwork Reduction Work Group (comprised of State, local, and Federal representatives), included recommendations that meet CACFP requirements and will make the program more efficient while maintaining Program integrity.

Taking the Mystery Out of the SD Process

Barbara J. Smith, USDA-FNS-CNP-Program Monitoring Section

The CACFP serious deficiency process established to maintain Program integrity by ensuring compliance with regulations, instructions and guidance. In this workshop, attendees will learn what is a SD; the steps in the process; acceptable corrective actions; appeal procedures; and steps to termination and disqualification.  This will be an interactive session with a question and answer period.

USDA Policy Update

CN Policy & Program Development Director (or) Community Meals Branch Chief

Overview of new and revised policy guidance and handbooks and update

 

Technology

B.Y.O.D. = Bring Your Own Device! Walk Away with a MyPlate Challenge Interactive Tool

Angela Leone, MS, RD, USDA, Center for Nutriton Policy and Promotion

Shelley Maniscalco, USDA CNPP

Gamification and friendly competition are focus of this interactive session where participants collaborate and encourage one another using the MyPlate Challenge online tool (Launching January 2016). Participants design digital learning experiences and assessments that meet specific needs of students.  Achievement badges can be earned and shared on Team Leader Board.

eLearning Boot Camp for Administrative Reviews

Susan Still, Brighton Learning Group

Dara Jacobs, Brighton Learning Group

Save time and relieve stress by insuring institutions are prepared for an administrative review.  Walk through the process using the eLearning Boot Camp.  Following USDA’s Administrative Handbook, this session will help institutions organize records and prepare for a smoother administrative review.

Online Options-Move Your CACFP Required and Nutrition Training Online

Jennifer Swartz, Child Care Resources

Claudette Barber, Child Care Resources

Would you like to expand your area? Are you having difficulty meeting the needs of your providers for training in a cost effective manner? Have you been considering online classes for the participants of your CACFP sponsorship? At Child Care Resources in Missoula, Montana, we tried it out in FY15 and are now committed. Come learn how we moved our training online and still offer informative, interactive, and worthwhile information without all the miles!

 

Train the Trainer

Create Program Success Through Provider Trainings

Allison Cunningham, Early Childhood Professionals Training Institute

In this workshop participants explore how provider training can be developed to address provider needs in addition to unforgettable fun ways to deliver program specific information.  Participants will learn how to create theme based training where providers can identify areas where change is needed.

Grab and Go Lessons for Promoting Whole Grains in Child Care

Mary Schroeder, Universiyt of Minnesota Extension

In this interactive session you will receive four short Grab and Go lessons that can be used to improve the knowledge and skills of child care providers to serve more whole grains. During the session, you will participate in activities from the lessons and gain helpful tips for implementing the lessons.

It’s Not Nutrition Until It’s Served and Eaten

Amanda Gallaher, Association for Child Development

It can be tricky to bridge the gap between building nutrition knowledge and helping child care providers serve healthier foods.  This interactive workshop will explore tools and strategies that CACFP sponsors can using during monitoring and training to help providers move from nutrition insight to action.

Let's Move Child Care & Penn State Better Kid Care: Free Resources & Trainings

Rachel Powell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Claudia Mincemoyer, Penn State Better Kid Care

Jill Cox, Penn State Better Kid Care

Learn more about Let's Move Child Care -- an online obesity prevention intervention for early child care and education provider in both centers and homes-- and how they partner with Penn State Better Kid Care to provide free resources, activities, and online trainings. Also learn  how to access Penn State Better Kid Care printed materials, reflection activities, videos, On Demand online modules and more, and includes strategies for adding renewed energy to your trainings.

Movin’ in the CACFP! Increasing Physical Activity in Your Child Care Programs

Jennifer Swartz, Child Care Resources

Claudette Barber, Child Care Resources

At Child Care Resources in Missoula, MT, we collaborated with Let’s Move Missoula and offered movement games and resources to our CACFP Participants. We will provide you with the idea, outline, and construct for these activities along with our experiences so you can take it back and make it your own!

 

 

Saturday Extended Workshops

 

 

Addressing Childhood Obesity With Family Style Meals

Dietrich Love, Head Start of Greater Dallas

Participants will develop strategies' to prevent childhood obesity through mealtime interactions with children.

Child Nutrition Training

Cynthia Snyder, Novick Brothers

Marcia Wileczek, Novick Brothers

The goal and purpose of this training is to educate the participant on why the USDA/CACFP guidelines and meal patterns are set up as they are. Upon completion of the training the participant will understand and retain the basic needs both nutritionally and calorically of a child in the infant through 12 year old age category. The participant will also understand how to measure food, how to read a nutritional label, what a CN label is and the importance of whole grain and milk from a forensic description. The importance of the fruit and vegetable food group is discussed in detail. Activity suggestions on how to get children to try new things will be demonstrated.

Food Safety and Sanitation

Gretchen Elkins, Education Service Center, Region 20

The BAD news:  Our participants are most at risk for foodborne illness.  The GOOD news:  You have plenty of opportunities to prevent them when you utilize the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system.  Join us to learn why food safety is important and get guidance on how staff can ensure the preparation and service of safe foods.

I am Moving, I am Learning:

Purposeful Physical Activity for All

Melinda Nguyen, QCAP Head Start

Learn to increase daily moderate to vigorous physical activity as well as improve the quality of movement activities with preschool aged children. I am Moving, I am Learning is an approach in addressing childhood obesity by making physical activity fun in addition to increasing learning opportunities throughout the day. This workshop will require participants to move and shake!

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NPA State Agencies Only

Summer Food Program Training

Tamieka Muns, USDA FNS

 

Pass the Broccoli, Please:

A Deep­Dive Into Helping Kids Grow Healthy Relationships With Food

Rhys Powell, Red Rabbit

In this two ­hour, hands ­on workshop we will explore how to create a healthy food  landscape in a home, school, or office. We’ll demonstrate ways to bring food into the learning space, to both demystify veggies and make them fun. Included in the workshop will be tangible idea implementation including mealtime rituals, gardening workshops, kid ­friendly composting and cooking with any age group.

Make Your Trainings Magical

Jennifer Basey, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Have you ever sat through a training session and been completely restless or have your ever given a presentation while looking out at unengaged audience? If so, come learn a few different tricks of the trade to make your presentations more interesting and your audience more engaged.

Conference Registration Rates & Deadlines

National CACFP Conference NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member
Rate

ADVANCE (until December 15)

$225

$350

EARLY (until February 15)

$300

$425

STANDARD (until April 1) 

$375

$500

LATE (after April 1) 

$450 

$575 

     
Morning Preconference Sessions NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member
Rate 

ADVANCE (until December 15)

$75

$125

EARLY (until February 15)

$100

$150

STANDARD (until April 1) 

$125

$175

LATE (after April 1) 

$150

$200

     

Full Day Preconference Training
CACFP Meal Pattern Implementation

NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member
Rate 
ADVANCE (until December 15) 

$125

$175

EARLY (until February 15) 

$150

$200

STANDARD (until April 1)

$175

$225

LATE (after April 1)

$200

$250

 

* Membership discounts apply to all attending staff from a member organization. 

There are NO REFUNDS for cancellation. However, agencies may transfer registration to another individual within their organization.

 

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National CACFP Conference Purchase Order Policy


The National Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors Association (NCA) Board of Directors recognizes the need for State Agencies (SA) to have the option of payment for registration for the National CACFP Conference by purchase order to secure an early or standard registration rate which is discounted from the late/onsite registration rate. Purchase orders must reflect an authorized expense and promise of payment. The Board of Directors has determined that in order for State Agencies to register for the NCA Conference with a purchase order and secure early or standard registration rates, the purchase order must be accompanied with a credit card guarantee.  The credit card will ONLY be charged if payment by check is not received by the association.

Furthermore, the early registration rate for a PO is extended at NET 30 -- which means that registration received on or before the early registration deadline (February 15, 2016) by PO and credit card guarantee will secure the early registration rate as long as the check is received within the next 30 days. If payment is not received within that window, the State Agency will be invoiced at the Standard Registration Rate.

All payments for all POs must be received by the association on or before April 21, 2016. Outstanding registration payments will be processed on the credit card used to guaranteed the registration on April 22, 2016.

This policy is not meant as a burden, however, reflects the desire of the association to ensure integrity, collection of funds, and preservation of organizational finances.

Example:  

  1. A SA FAXES a PO with credit card guarantee on February 15 in order to qualify for the early bird rate.

  2. The SA has 30 days in which to send the check to NCA.

  3. If the check is not received by NCA on or before March 16, the SA will no longer qualify for the early bird rate, and will now be invoiced the standard rate.

  4. Again, if the check is not received by NCA within the next 30 days -- on or before April 15, the SA will no longer qualify for the standard rate, and will now be invoiced at the late rate.  

  5. If the SA does not bring payment to the conference and/or does not attend at all, the credit card used to guarantee the registration will be charged the late rate.

Grand Hyatt Manchester, San Diego, California

Flying in? Plan to arrive on Monday, April 17 and depart on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Negotiated Conference Rates

$159 per night plus tax* 600 Guest Rooms

Due to the growth of the National CACFP Conference, NCA has negotiated a second room block at the Grand Hyatt San Diego. When the first block sells out, the second block will become available.

$189 per night plus tax* 150 Guest Rooms

* guest room internet complimentary, parking is additional

Conference Registration is Required Before Booking a Hotel Room

When payment is made for conference registration, attendees will be emailed a link to secure the negotiated rates while inventory remains. We will update room inventory status here when we are close to selling out.

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Who We Are?

  • The National CACFP Conference is the premier national conference for the Child and Adult Care Food Program community and home of the USDA requested Summer Food Program training.

  • The CACFP community serves over 1.9 million meals and snacks to over 3.2 million children daily as well as 115,000 elderly persons.

  • We represent over 52,000 child care centers, 137,000 family child care providers and 865 sponsors.

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Why Join us?

  • Promote your business and organization to leaders and members of the child nutrition community.

  • Participate in numerous networking opportunities with key decision makers.

  • Feature your business products or organization resources.

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  • CACFP Sponsors

  • Child Care Centers

  • State Agency Staff

  • Federal and Regional Agency Staff

  • Industry Leaders in Child Nutrition

  • Head Start

  • After-School/ At-Risk

  • Summer Food Sponsors

  • Nutrition Professionals

  • Tribal Nations

For more information contact:  Alexia Thex, Partnership Manager at partnerhips@cacfp.org

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