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Leveraging Free Technology for CACFP

Looking for ways to spend more time on your mission and less time worrying about paperwork? Learn how to use free, commonly used technology to store reports and records digitally, the basics of PDFs and spreadsheets, and how to communicate with providers virtually. Gain the knowledge to improve your recordkeeping processes and minimize reporting errors so you can focus on recruitment and training!

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More on Meal Patterns

We’re here to clarify your meal pattern questions! We’ll answer commonly asked questions, show how to access training from USDA Team Nutrition, and explore additional resources.

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Steps to Success Sponsoring Centers

If you’re a new sponsor of centers or are thinking of starting the center journey, come learn the steps you’ll need to successfully start your centers and get them on their way to claiming. From initial contact, to establishing procedures, to training and to maintaining success on the program.

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Healthy Beginnings Create Healthy Futures: Equity in ECE Programs

Child care professionals have a powerful opportunity to create learning environments that provide children with a healthy start in life. Dive into health equity and learn the key practices to encourage optimal physical health and wellness. Create a plan on how you can support healthy growth and development for children.

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Going Digital Painlessly: Making Your Work Life Easier

Digitizing an office may seem like a daunting task, but as the recent pandemic has shown all of us, it’s becoming more needed and even necessary. Learn how to set up digital files to make audits, reviews, accounting and provider interactions smoother and easier.

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CACFP Menu Planning 101

Discover how to use Team Nutrition and Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) resources to understand and apply CACFP meal pattern requirements, identify creditable foods, and plan cycle menus. Attendees will learn how to incorporate menu planning principles such as balance, variety, contrast, color, and appearance when creating nutritious and appealing menus for CACFP meals and snacks.

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Nuts and Bolts of Meal Planning for Child Care Centers

Gain an understanding of the key considerations for planning CACFP creditable meals that align with your center’s meal service capabilities. Learn how to design delicious, appealing, seasonal, and culturally appropriate child-friendly menus. Review a checklist outlining streamlined menu planning processes, and foodservice procurement strategies to avoiding food waste and over-ordering.

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