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CACFP University

The National CACFP Sponsors Association makes it a priority to help keep our providers up-to-date with the latest policy, guidelines and best practices. We're happy to offer many of our virtual events on demand, so you can follow a training program that works around your schedule. CEUs marked with a $ are paid resources and pricing can be found on the respective item's expanded information.

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CACFP University

Learn about meal pattern guidelines and practices.

 

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Brunch for Lunch ($)

May 26, 2022

Looking for new ideas for your CACFP lunch menu? Why not try brunch for lunch?! Hear about endless possibilities when combining breakfast food favorites and lunch classics. Learn how to navigate brunch related food components in the CACFP and get recipe ideas to use in your child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers.

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CACFP Portable Picnics ($)

July 14, 2022

Sunny days with a refreshing breeze are a perfect time to take dining outdoors. Learn from our about how to create and safely serve CACFP meals picnic style, with or without a classic checkered blanket. Get new ideas on how to use portable foods for picnicking that meet the CACFP meal pattern.

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Caring for Children While Social Distancing

April 21, 2020

Get ideas on how to care for children while keeping social distancing in mind including the importance of hand-washing, ways to engage in physical activity while six-feet apart, and craft ideas that are for solo imagineers.

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COVID Impact on the CACFP

July 23, 2020

Over 1,200 survey respondents confirmed what many of us already knew: COVID-19 has impacted CACFP operators and child care businesses with severe financial challenges. CACFP operators are in overwhelming need of direct and significant financial aid outside of current program funding. Child care and the CACFP community are on the brink of collapse and facing imminent threat of shutting down without it. Learn more about the impact COVID has had on the CACFP Community.

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Farmers’ Market Field Trip

August 24, 2022

Learn how to identify, purchase, and serve farmers’ market finds so that the children and adults you serve can enjoy fresh flavors of the season.

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Power of the Food Program

Learn how the CACFP contributes to nutrition security and why you should participate. Get practical training on serving healthy meals. Discover ideas and resources you can use in your program immediately.

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Beginners’ Guide to the Five Meal Pattern Components ($)

January 27, 2023

Centers, family child care homes, and afterschool care play a critical role in serving nutritious foods to those they serve. The CACFP guides you on how to provide healthy meals using five food components which make up the meal service requirements: grains, fruits, vegetables, meats/meat alternates and milk. Learn when these are required and how they fit into the CACFP meal pattern.

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Joining Made Easy – Five Steps to Food Program Success ($)

December 7, 2022

Are you convinced and ready to join the CACFP, but not sure where to get started? Learn how to successfully launch the program at your center, home or afterschool site. Find out how to work with a sponsor who will provide you training, technical assistance, monitoring, and administrative support or how to work with a state agency directly. Start getting financial reimbursement for meals you are already serving.

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Keeping Kids Healthy: All About Food Allergens & How to Read Food Labels ($)

December 7, 2022

Serving those in our care safely is our top priority! Learn about the nine major food allergens and how to recognize what food products contain these. Get a better understanding of how to read the food label to identify and avoid food allergens.

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Making Cents! How to Get Financial Reimbursement for the Meals You Serve ($)

December 7, 2022

Reimbursement rates for CACFP participants are dependent upon a variety of factors, such as whether you operate a family home child care, center, or afterschool program. Learn how to determine what the amount of reimbursement would be based on your enrollment, meal service, and rates of reimbursement. Discover how to qualify and how to receive financial reimbursement once you join the CACFP.

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Playing Around: Making Physical Activity Part of Your Program ($)

December 7, 2022

Being healthy is not only based on the foods we serve but also how we stay moving throughout the day. Learn why keeping children active should be an important part in everyday activities and how essential physical activity is to child development. Get ideas on how to incorporate new, fun, physical activity games into your program.

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2022 National Child Nutrition Conference

Originally held April 19-21, 2022 - watch the virtual sessions from the 2022 National Child Nutrition Conference in New Orleans.

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CACFP 101 ($)

April 8, 2022

You’re new-ish to food programs,working in it daily, and you’ve got the big picture. It’s been one or two years since you’ve started working in CACFP or SFSP, so concepts aren’t new or foreign to you, but you’d love to really explore the important areas with your peers. Attend this structured learning institute to review the meal patterns, discuss basic program administration and get a requirements refresher while also sharing in some table talk.

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CACFP Administrative Budgets

April 20, 2022

Learn tips and best practices on the preparation of an acceptable administrative budget. 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.

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Crediting Basics and Beyond: An In-Depth Look at the Crediting Handbook for the CACFP

April 19, 2022

Join the USDA for this interactive session on the new Crediting Handbook for CACFP. We will review the ins and outs of each of the five required meal components, discuss both creditable and non-creditable food items, and engage the audience in hands-on crediting exercises. You won’t want to miss it!

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Digestible Bites: Modifying Food for Special Diets ($)

April 21, 2022

Learn the differences between various types of mechanical diets and how to prepare these foods to meet CACFP guidelines.

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Eat. Create. Cultivate. Fun with Food Through Positive Mealtime Experiences ($)

April 21, 2022

Come learn ideas and tools providers can use to implement positive mealtimes. Topics include Smarter Mealtimes, examining picky eater’s behaviors while identifying tips for creating adventurous eaters and engaging child participation in the kitchen. Leave with strategies, recipes and activities that engage children of any age!

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Run Your Race: Becoming the Best Version of Yourself ($)

April 21, 2022

Ready to reignite your passion? Become motivated around the fact that you matter, and what you do is important. Learn who you are at your best, and what helps you to operate at optimal potency. Leave understanding what your best ability is, and why it is important to stay encouraged even in the tough times.

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2021 Virtual National Child Nutrition Conference

Originally held April 19-22, 2021 - watch the 2021 Virtual National Child Nutrition Conference on demand.

 

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Accommodating Participants with Disabilities in Community Meals

April 22, 2021

Get requirement updates related to accommodating participants with disabilities participating in CACFP/SFSP, as required by Federal law, USDA regulations and the Policy Memorandum, Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program to ensure equal access and opportunity.

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Baby Steps: Ounce Equivalents for Grains and Infants

April 22, 2021

Get ready to use ounce equivalents to determine the amount of grains to serve to infants in the CACFP! Learn about the requirement going into effect on October 1, 2021 and tools that make implementation easier. Participants will leave this session knowing how much cereal, crackers, and bread are needed to meet meal pattern requirements for infants.

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Continuing Quality Improvement Plans (CQI) ($)

April 21, 2021

Should nutrition be a CQI plan within your Head Start program? Yes! Learn what a CQI plan is and why having a CQI plan goal of decreasing your students BMI is important for your program. Get steps on how to create the right nutrition assessment and how Farm to Early Care implementation can play a vital role in decreasing your students’ BMI.

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Cost-Saving Strategies for Sponsors ($)

April 22, 2021

Learn about proven strategies that have resulted in significant cost savings for CACFP and SFSP Sponsors including electronic meal counting, leftover policies, frozen meals, shelf-stable back-up meals, different meal packaging, and partnering with food banks for donated foods. These valuable tools and tips can produce savings that translate into better quality food and financial security for programming.

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COVID Challenges & Opportunities in the CACFP ($)

April 22, 2021

Learn about the impact of COVID on CACFP providers, sponsors, and state agencies as told through the results of a nationwide survey. Hear about the challenges and training needs for operators, get insights from state directors about challenges of administering CACFP during COVID, and learn about strategies that states and the federal government can take to better support families with young children to avoid food insecurity, including CACFP-specific infrastructure and support.

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Saturday Summit

Watch sessions from past Child Nutrition Saturday Summits on demand.

 

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Baking Whole Grain-Rich Foods ($)

October 16, 2021

Whole grain-rich baking can be a signature part of your program that benefits menus, snacks, and acceptance while also helping your bottom-line. Learn how to choose a few signature favorite foods and align them with baking activities to involve children and parents in the science, literacy, art, food safety and math to boost benefits beyond the plate. Take home whole grain-rich baking resources.

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CN Labels & Product Formulation Statements: Hands-On Practice

October 3, 2020

When should you request a CN Label or PFS? Is the crediting documentation for your product acceptable? Get clarity on common issues related to inaccurate or misleading product documentation. USDA will provide guidance on accepting documentation for meal pattern requirements and share sample Product Formulation Statements and CN Labels. Learn how to assess crediting documentation using sample CN Labels and Product Formulation Statements.

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Cultivating Cultural Awareness Through Food ($)

October 3, 2020

Americans of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are disproportionately affected by many chronic diseases, highlighting the need for more inclusive dietary messaging. Explore cultural models of healthy eating from around the world, with practical tips, insight, and recipes for diverse populations, with a special focus on Gen Z, and a cooking demonstration.

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Garden to Early Childhood Education ($)

October 3, 2020

Learn how to implement a Garden to Early Childhood program model in your curriculum. Hear about suggested best practices, fundamentals of teaching gardening to young children, planning year-round gardening activities, and incorporating a garden-to-table element for a healthy and fresh food program.

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Meal Service Made Fun ($)

October 15, 2022

Add some pizazz to meal or snack time with visually appealing, delicious, and exciting new recipes! Learn how to make power bowls with fresh ingredients and easy charcuterie boards for meals and snack times. Looking for a few meal ideas that don’t require a lot of preparation? Get inspired with muffin tin, slow cooker and sheet pan recipes, where you can include at least 2 CACFP meal components in one dish.

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Boot Camp

Learn how to apply CACFP meal pattern substitutions or modifications with real, practical solutions to accommodate the diverse needs of children and adults participating in the CACFP. Gain the knowledge you need to help navigate through the intricacies of policy regulations and proper documentation. Get recipes and resources to provide not only safe meals, but delicious ones as well! 

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Beginners’ Guide to Serving Foods to Participants with Swallowing Difficulties ($)

August 31, 2022

Obtain a broad overview about dietary needs of individuals with swallowing impairment. Receive information on the various types of texture-modified diets to safely feed individuals.

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Common Allergens and Reading the Food Label ($)

August 30, 2022

Discover the top nine food allergens and learn to recognize what food products contain these. Get a better understanding of how to read the food label to identify and avoid food allergens.

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Dairy Meal Modifications ($)

August 31, 2022

Learn how to adjust your menu when a participant has a dairy allergy. Receive training on how to identify foods containing dairy, how to modify recipes, and what dairy products can be replaced to meet the fluid milk component.

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Introduction to Meal Modifications and Special Diets ($)

August 30, 2022

Learn the differences between various types of special diets and how to prepare these foods to meet CACFP guidelines.

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Meal Modification Cooking Demonstration ($)

August 31, 2022

You’ve learned about how to modify meals based on special dietary requests; now see how it’s done! Join us in this half hour cooking session where you will get recipes using these meal modifications.

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