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2023 NCNC Single Line 37th Left White with Drop Shadow

April 10-14, 2023

San Diego, California

CACFP · Afterschool Meals · Summer Food

Postconference Academy

We’ve gathered training opportunities based on your most requested topics. Join us on Friday, April 14, to continue your conference experience with one or two academies. Choose from one of six sessions in each time slot. Pre-registration is required for each session.

Postconference (Onsite Registration)

April 10 - April 14, 2023
  • $99 Per Session

New this year!

We've identified three learning objectives for each session. You'll see them listed under the session descriptions.

Session Block 1 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Medical Statements, Milk Substitutions and Specials Diets
Have you ever received a parent’s or doctor’s note describing a meal modification or substitution to serve a child or adult in your care? Maybe you have felt confused or overwhelmed on how to modify the menu to ensure foods are safe to serve to a participant with a disability.

  1. Learn when you need to have a medical statement to serve safe, reimbursable foods in the CACFP.
  2. Identify creditable and non-creditable milk substitutions in the CACFP, including what documentation you may need.
  3. Gain knowledge on how to tailor foods for special diets, like vegetarian, pureed, and gluten-free diets.

Presented by Isabel Ramos-Lebron, MS, RDN, LD, National CACFP Sponsors Association


Grassroots Advocacy
Your participation in advocacy efforts for child nutrition programs is critical. Learn how to implement successful strategies to become an effective advocate for CACFP/SFSP.

  1. Learn the importance of advocacy.
  2. Create an advocacy plan for yourself and/or organization.
  3. Get tools and resources to get started easily.

Presented by Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association


Training Tools for Record Keeping in the CACFP
Are your providers feeling bogged down by paperwork? Are they looking to you to help them strengthen their knowledge of CACFP record-keeping requirements and improve their workflow? We’ll give you the tools and resources you need to train your CACFP providers on targeting their inefficiencies and maximizing their record keeping skills.

  1. Review the basic record keeping and record retention requirements for the CACFP.
  2. Walk away with outlines, worksheets and resources to strengthen your training process.
  3. Explore ways to identify workflow inefficiencies & counteract common findings.

Presented by Brittany Uribe, National CACFP Sponsors Association


Strategies for Effective Time Management in the Kitchen
Children’s eating experience and nutrition outcomes depend on food service and other staff being able to prepare, serve and adjust to the kitchen environment efficiently. Learn quality food preparation strategies to help better manage your food service operation.

  1. Learn why time management is essential in the kitchen.
  2. Identify three kitchen tasks that require time management skills.
  3. Get tips to improve your time management skills in the kitchen.

Presented by Chef Patrick Garmong, Institute of Child Nutrition


CORE Training: Trainer Success
Develop the characteristics of a successful trainer. Participants will identify the different skills needed to training face-to-face or virtually, understand adult learning styles, identify and use probing questions to land the learning, and demonstrate an understanding of trainer success techniques by participating in engaging activities.

  1. Learn and practice effective communication and active listening skills.
  2. Understand practice modern trainer competencies.
  3. Learn to handle challenging situations.

Presented by:
Danni Pruitt, MH Miles, CPA, PC
Bernadetta Dickens, MH Miles, CPA, PC


Happy Mealtimes in Child Care Settings
Mealtimes are among the most important times for young children. Each meal serves as an invaluable opportunity for young children to develop new skills and healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for child care professionals to create positive and safe mealtime environments for young children.

  1. Get tips for creating routines and schedules.
  2. Learn how to serve family-style meals.
  3. Review food safety practices & healthy habits.

Presented by Erica Glaze, MPH, Institute of Child Nutrition

Session Block 2 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Meal Service In a Snap!
Feeling like you serve the same meals over and over again? Struggling to find delicious recipes that are not only quick to put together but also follow the CACFP meal pattern? This is the class for you!

  1. Learn how to make different flavor combinations.
  2. Get ideas on quick and easy methods to prepare creditable foods.
  3. Identify ways to use leftover ingredients to add into another meal or snack.

Presented by Isabel Ramos-Lebron, MS, RDN, LD, National CACFP Sponsors Association


Grant Writing 101
New to grant writing or need a refresher? Learn how to read and respond to a Request for Proposal when applying for a grant. Get tips on how to write a statement of need, outline measurable objectives and evaluation measures, and put together budget justifications.

  1. Learn the grant process step by step.
  2. Identify grant writing obstacles and how to overcome them.
  3. Understand the three most important requirements when applying.

Presented by Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association


Monitoring for Success
We’ve been conducting remote inspections for the past 2 years - now it’s time to get back out into the field! Refresh your knowledge on quality monitoring techniques that minimize problematic reviews and setup providers for success. Explore the unique challenges that monitors can face and capture impactful coaching techniques that guide providers towards meeting program guidelines.

  1. Review important policies and procedures on monitoring reviews.
  2. Learn effective strategies to minimize challenges and promote program compliance.
  3. Gain impactful coaching techniques to build trust and form meaningful connections.

Presented by Brittany Uribe, National CACFP Sponsors Association


Marketing Your Program
Ready to grow your program but not sure where to begin? Discover how to promote your program and the benefits of getting the word out.

  1. Understand the importance of outreach activities and how to plan them.
  2. Learn how to become a subject matter expert in your field.
  3. Walk away with tips and tricks to put your program on the map and get referrals.

Presented by Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association


CORE Training: Management Plans
Learn the meaning behind management plans and how they relate to the CACFP performance standards. Learn the key points through individual and group activities.

  1. Identify the purpose and requirements of a management plan.
  2. Learn how to evaluate, monitor, revise, and submit a management plan.
  3. Get management plan best practices for program success.

Presented by:
Cherese Myree, CFE,, MH Miles, CPA, PC
Lenora Phillips, MS, RD, MH Miles, CPA, PC


CACFP Meal Pattern Training
Questions about the latest meal patterns? Learn all about the updates for the five components in the CACFP, as well as tips and strategies for implementation.

  1. Discuss the CACFP meal pattern requirements.
  2. Review meal pattern updates and revisions.
  3. Get resources to implement the updated meal pattern.

Presented by Erica Glaze, MPH, Institute of Child Nutrition