Save the Dates!

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

  • Show Me the Money: Budgeting 101
  • Serving Summer Meals: Planning, Participation, Policy & Partnering for Success
  • Headstart ABC's of CACFP
  • Tribal Nations & CACFP: Where Healthy Eating Becomes A Habit
  • CACFP & The Healthy Out-of-School Time Movement
  • Farm to Preschool: Getting in the Game of Local Food & Learning in Early Child Care

8:00 am-2:30 pm

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-1:30 pm

Lunch On Your Own

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Workshops Session Three

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Workshops Session Four

4:00 pm-5:00 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

Workshop Proposals 

Workshop Proposals for the San Diego Conference will be reviewed after Thursday, October 13th. Notificiations/confirmations will be sent out in November and presenters commitment letters will need to be received within 7 days for inclusion in the conference program.

Presenter Information

  • Workshops will be 60-minutes in length and Train the Trainer sessions will be two-hours across two workshop periods. Presenters should be prepared to speak on their topic through the entire duration of their workshop. 
  • Standard A/V support will include microphone, screen, cart, power cords, and LCD projectors. Presenters must bring their own laptops and ANY adapters needed to connect to a standard LCD projector.
  • No sales or promotion of sales materials will be allowed during workshop presentations.
  • All presenters are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel and travel expenses.
  • All presenters will need to register for the conference at registration fees in effect at time of registration.
  • All presenters should provide an adequate number of handouts based on the attendee workshop survey results.
  • All presenters must agree to provide an electronic copy of their presentation and handouts in PDF format for publishing on our website.

Attendee Feedback

  • Attendees value presenters who:
    • actively engage their audience,
    • are prepared technologically,
    • provide handouts, 
    • start and end on time, and
    • offer quality question and answer time.
  • Attendees value presentations which:
    • cover the material as outlined in the conference program workshop description,
    • broadens their scope on an idea and provides new approaches or understanding (not basic or repetitive)
    • give concrete tools and/or activities they can implement immediately at home,
    • inspires action.

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.





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.




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.





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.



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



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.




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


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



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!

Minute Menu Presents Kid Kare




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

ADVANCE (until December 15)



EARLY (until February 15)



STANDARD (until April 1) 



ONSITE (after April 1) 



Preconference Training NCA Agency
Member Rate
Non Member

ADVANCE (until December 15)



EARLY (until February 15)



STANDARD (until April 1) 



ONSITE (after April 1) 




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

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

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.


  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 19, 2017.

Negotiated Conference Rates

$159 per night plus tax* 600 Guest Rooms

Due to the growth of the National CACFP Conference, NCA has negotatied 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.


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.



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.

exhibitor_image_2.png Who Attends?

  • 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


2017 Partners




2017 Sponsors



2017 Exhibitors