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Earn more than 100 hours of Continuing Education Units! The National CACFP Sponsors Association has both produced and curated a wide array of webinars to help you fulfill CEU requirements for your CMP or CCNP Certification. Below you will find CEUs organized by specialty, or you can also visit the webinar pages for the full course list by series. CEUs marked with a $ are paid resources and pricing can be found on the respective item's expanded information.

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Specialty 1. Nutrition
Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses them, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease. The CACFP strives to teach lifelong healthy habits, decreasing obesity and increasing physical activity.

10 Tips for Successful Taste Tests with Young Children ($)

We all know that if children have the opportunity to prepare and taste new foods, they are more likely to eat them. What does research tell us about how to introduce new foods and which healthy foods to focus on? Learn the top ten tips and tricks for getting kids to love their veggies.

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A Change of Taste: Reducing Sodium in the CACFP ($)

Sodium plays an essential role in our body but consuming too much can cause us harm over time. In the CACFP, it is recommended to serve foods low in sodium. Learn about the the impacts of sodium and how to reduce sodium while still retaining flavor in the meals you serve.

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Adding Whole Grains to Your Menu (Añada granos integrales a su menu)

This webinar focuses on how to offer whole grains at CACFP sites.

Este seminario web se enfoca en cómo ofrecer granos integrales en los sitios del CACFP.

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Additional Meat/Meat Alternates Options for CNPs: Crediting Tempeh and Surimi

The webinar provides an overview of the crediting updates resulting from the Request for Information and provides crediting technical assistance with hands-on practice specifically for tempeh and surimi.

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Age-Defying Flavors: Recipes for Older Adults

May is Older Americans Month and we’re celebrating the invaluable contributions of the older adult members within our community. Join us to discover how to adapt CACFP recipes to align with the changing needs and tastes of older adults. Gain insights into modifying recipes to cater to their distinct taste profiles and nutritional needs, ensuring meals that are both satisfying and health-supportive for our revered community members.

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Baking Whole Grain-Rich Foods ($)

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

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

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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Between the Bread: Nutrition Packed Sandwiches ($)

Whether you’re gearing up for field trips or planning outdoor meal adventures, sandwiches are a summertime’s best friend. Say hello to creative combinations of textures, colors and flavors all nestled between two slices of bread. We’ll explore how to make this mealtime classic into another #CACFPCreditable addition to your menu, just in time for summer!

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Big City Impact on Kids’ Menus

Move over, brown rice, and hello, freekeh and tri-color quinoa. Variety is good, but kids still need to eat all of their brown rice, veggies and good proteins. We’ll talk about how to balance trends and still be healthy and compliant.

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Body Positivity and Cultivating Good Relationships with Food

Our relationship with food develops at an early age. Labeling certain foods as “bad” or calling someone a “good eater” or “picky eater” can create unintended harmful effects that can follow kids through life. Learn how to help kids cultivate a good relationship with food from the start.

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Breakfast Basics (Planificando el desayuno)

This webinar shows CACFP operators how to plan nutritious and appealing breakfasts that meet CACFP meal pattern requirements.

Este seminario web muestra a los operadores del CACFP a planificar desayunos nutritivos y atractivos que cumplan con los requisitos del patrón de comidas del Programa de Alimentos para el Cuidado de Niños y Adultos (CACFP).

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Brunch for Lunch ($)

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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Building Healthy Bodies with the Foods We Serve ($)

In your career, you play a critical role to ensure that all children have access to healthy foods. Those foods are vital to providing the nutrients kids need as they grow, and into adulthood. Most of us know about macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) but do you know in which foods they can be found and how they work in the body? Learn what fruits, vegetables, grains, meats/meat alternates and fluid milk contribute so you can put nutrients together for optimal health when building a menu. Get examples and a visual handout showing what food components do for the body.

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CACFP Portable Picnics ($)

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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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the CACFP ($)

National Hispanic Heritage Month, recognized September 15th – October 15th, is a wonderful time to learn more about the rich history and diversity of the Hispanic and Latino communities. Come celebrate with us as we explore various cultural foods and introduce fun activities that you can bring back to those in your care.

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Childhood Obesity Prevention & Early Nutrition Education ($)

Receiving nutritious meals early in life, as well as being physically active, is critical to the establishment of positive lifelong habits. Discover how teaching children about healthy eating from a young age can positively impact their cognitive, emotional, and physical development to help prevent childhood obesity.

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Choose Breakfast Cereals That Are Lower in Added Sugars (Elija cereales de desayuno bajos en azúcares añadidas)

This webinar walks the audience through Team Nutrition’s “How to Choose Breakfast Cereals Lower in Added Sugars” training worksheet and lets audience look at various cereals to see if they meet meal pattern requirements.

Este seminario lleva a la audiencia a través de la hoja de capacitación de Team Nutrition “Elija cereales de desayuno bajos en azúcares añadidas” y hace que la audiencia evalúe varios cereales para ver si cumplen con los requisitos del patrón de comidas.

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Choose Yogurts That Are Lower in Added Sugars (Elija yogures con bajo contenido de azúcares añadidas)

This webinar walks the audience through Team Nutrition’s “Choose Yogurts That Are Lower in Added Sugars” training worksheet and lets audience look at various yogurts to see if they meet meal pattern requirements.

Este seminario lleva a la audiencia a través de la hoja de capacitación de Team Nutrition “Elija yogures con bajo contenido de azúcares añadidas” y hace que la audiencia evalúe varios yogures para ver si cumplen con los requisitos del patrón de comidas.

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CN Labeling Program: Update for Industry

The webinar will provide an overview of the CN Labeling Program with crediting updates resulting from the Final Rule: Child Nutrition Program Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements and the Request for Information, in addition to crediting technical assistance specifically for the CN Labeling program.

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CN Labels & Product Formulation Statements: Hands-On Practice

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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Common Allergens and Reading the Food Label ($)

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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Continuing Quality Improvement Plans (CQI) ($)

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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Cooking with Flavor: Spice Up Your CACFP Recipes ($)

Serving nutritious food doesn’t matter unless the food is eaten. Spice up your CACFP recipes by learning how to make your menu items more flavorful using herbs, spices, and culinary acids. Get an overview of what makes up taste and how to make trying new foods exciting for those in your care.

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Crafting Winter Memories: Activities & Recipes ($)

The winter months are fast approaching! Join us in embracing the chilly season as we explore a selection of winter fruits and vegetables, accompanied by comforting and inviting recipes. Learn some fun and engaging indoor activities to enjoy during the colder months so you can make enduring memories with those in your care.

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Creditable Meals in the CACFP: Be in the Know

Get hands-on experience to successfully meet the CACFP meal pattern requirements with newly released or updated tools that can help you credit, purchase, and serve meals to program participants. Take a deep-dive into newly creditable foods in the CACFP and learn about the Crediting Handbook for the CACFP. Download the Food Buying Guide mobile app before attending the workshop.

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

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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Crediting Coconut and Vegetable Noodles in CNPs

This webinar provides an overview of the crediting updates resulting from the Request for Information and provides crediting technical assistance with hands-on practice specifically for vegetable noodles and coconut.

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Crediting Popcorn, Hominy, Corn Masa and Masa Harina in CNPs

The webinar provides an overview of the crediting updates resulting from the Request for Information for these foods and provide crediting technical assistance with hands-on practice specifically for Popcorn, Hominy, Corn Masa, and Masa Harina.

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Crediting Single Serving Packages of Grains in the CACFP (Cómo acreditar paquetes individuales de granos en el CACFP)

This webinar shows CACFP operators how to credit single-serving packages of grains toward a reimbursable meal or snack.

Este seminario web muestra a los operadores del Programa de Alimentos para el Cuidado de Niños y Adultos (CACFP) cómo acreditar paquetes individuales de granos que cuenten hacia una comida o merienda/refrigerio reembolsable.

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Crediting Store-Bought Combination Baby Foods in the CACFP (Acreditación de alimentos combinados para bebés comprados en la tienda en el CACFP)

This webinar will show CACFP operators how to identify store-bought combination baby foods that may be served at reimbursable meals and snacks to infants. Attendees will have a chance to submit questions to the presenters and check their knowledge through interactive polling questions.

Este seminario web muestra a los operadores del CACFP cómo identificar los alimentos combinados para bebés comprados en la tienda que se pueden servir en comidas y meriendas/refrigerios reembolsables para bebés.

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Cultivating Cultural Awareness Through Food ($)

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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Cultural Sensitivity & Humility in Head Start ($)

Learn practical skills to building cultural competence in working with Head Start families, with a special focus on meal planning for diverse cultures and being sensitive to the needs and challenges of children from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Culturally Receptive Meals ($)

News flash! One of our little ones may be a new arrival from Afghanistan or a returnee in their second year with us whose parent(s) hail from Guatemala. Move over Sloppy Joe and Frittata, we want Lavash and Rellenitos too. What better way could there be to learn about other cultures than with food?

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Dairy Meal Modifications ($)

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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Defining Developmentally Ready, Engaging Parents, and Understanding Cues ($)

Coordination and muscle control are key skills infants need to be ready to eat solid foods, but what are the signs and resources you need to help you know? Having parents part of the conversation on what their baby is eating at child care can help bridge the gap between healthy eating practices at home and at child care.

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Digestible Bites: Modifying Food for Special Diets ($)

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 ($)

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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Explore New Foods with a Taste Testing Adventure ($)

The CACFP fosters a positive eating environment that encourages healthy eating habits. Children will develop their own unique palates based on the foods they are exposed to while in your care, which may affect their food choices later on as adults. Learn how you can introduce new or challenging foods through various taste testing strategies, promote conversations around meals, and discover other food tasting adventure tips!

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Exploring Fall Foods: Recipes & More! ($)

The cool, crisp breeze means it’s time for the fall harvest! Learn about five fabulous fruits and vegetables that are ready to be purchased from your local farmer or grocery store. Get recipe ideas on how to incorporate these fall favorites into your menu and learn how to provide nutrition education related to them through engaging activities.

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Extending CACFP Beyond the Classroom ($)

Creating healthy eating patterns in the classroom is only one part of the equation: parents and home environments are the other. Learn about the important role parents play in the development of a child’s feeding patterns and how to increase parent awareness and engagement of CACFP best practices.

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Farm to Keiki: Healthy Eating Habits Take Root Early

Farm to early care and education can help foster children’s learning and exposure to new foods and is a fun way to make education and exploration come alive. Discover how simple nutrition education activities get children excited about new foods, hear about best practices and stories of how it can empower children, families, and providers, and learn how to create a year-long program that teaches children about nutrition, gardening, cooking and nature.

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Farm to Table: Fresh Foods & Garden Tools

Introducing children to fruits and veggies early has long-term, positive impacts on health, wellness and social and emotional skills. We’re sharing resources to engage kids with fresh foods and garden tools.

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Farmers’ Market Field Trip

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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Feeding Infants Guide Explored

We’ll talk about how to use this USDA guide to make the most impact for infants.

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Feeding Infants: 0-5 Months (Alimentación para bebés de 0-5 meses)

This webinar focuses on how the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) infant meal pattern supports infant growth and development for babies ages birth through 5 months.

Este seminario web se enfoca en cómo el patrón de comidas para bebés del CACFP apoya el crecimiento y el desarrollo de bebés recién nacidos hasta los 5 meses de edad.

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Feeding Infants: Starting with Solids (Alimentación para bebés: comenzando con comidas sólidas)

This webinar focuses on how the CACFP infant meal pattern supports infant growth and development for babies ages 6 through 11 months. The webinar includes information on developmental readiness and feeding infants solid foods in the CACFP.

Este seminario web se enfoca en cómo el patrón de comidas para bebés del CACFP apoya el crecimiento y desarrollo de bebés de 6 a 11 meses. El seminario incluye información sobre cómo saber si un bebé está listo en su desarrollo para comer sólidos y acerca de alimentos sólidos en el CACFP.

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Feeding Infants: What, When and How ($)

Infancy is a critical period when children develop taste preferences and habits that last a lifetime. What, when and how we feed babies can impact their overall development and relationship with food. We will cover CACFP meal patterns for infants, infant feeding best practices and provide healthy, inexpensive ideas for planning your infant meals.

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Fiber, Grains, Nutrition and Immunity ($)

Diets that contain all the food groups in their right balance together and include the right mix and types of whole and refined grain foods provide key nutrients known to bolster immunity. Hear about the many ‘players’ of the immune system, learn why aging and underlying conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and gut dysbiosis increase vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus, and discover how grain components can be important for building a strong immune system.

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Formulas & Breastfeeding Both Welcome ($)

Breastmilk and formula are both creditable in the CACFP infant meal pattern. Learn what formulas are reimbursable, how to store formula and breastmilk, and how to develop a breastfeeding friendly environment at your center or family child care home.

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Gardening Activities for Every Classroom ($)

Ready to grow? Explore the many benefits of gardening with the children in your care. Learn about indoor and outdoor gardening activities to try in your classrooms. A love of gardening and dirt are not required.

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Get Kids Moving! Best Practices & Ideas for Physical Activities ($)

Learn why physical activity and nutrition are important topics for children and how to integrate these into every day learning opportunities. We’ll share best practices for, and look at the importance of, developing an action plan to incorporate physical activities into your program.

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Get the Scoop! Emerging CACFP Food Trends in 2024 ($)

Out with the old, in with the new! We’re dishing out recipe ideas to kickstart the new year. Get ready to tantalize taste buds and inspire young eaters with the latest trends and delicious dishes. Explore what’s on the plate for 2024!

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Giving Thanks: Turkey Talk & More ($)

Want to know what a #CACFPCreditable meal looks like for Thanksgiving? Let’s talk turkey and more! Not serving turkey? We’ll cover meat alternates you can menu plan, favorite sides and whole grain-rich ideas.

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Grain Ounce Equivalents Tools for CACFP Operators (Recursos sobre las onzas equivalentes de granos para operadores del CACFP)

This webinar highlighted resources, training materials, and frequently asked questions related to using ounce equivalents for grains.

Este seminario web muestra a los operadores del CACFP. Este seminario muestra diferentes herramientas para implementar las onzas equivalentes de granos que los operadores del Programa de Alimentos para el Cuidado de Niños y Adultos (CACFP) pueden usar para planificar comidas en sus sitios.

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Grain-Based Desserts in the CACFP (Postres a base de granos en el CACFP)

This webinar will focus on how Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators can identify grain-based desserts, and use this knowledge to plan menus that meet program requirements.

Este seminario web se enfoca en cómo los operadores del CACFP pueden usar la lista de ingredientes de los alimentos para identificar postres a base de granos, y usar este conocimiento para planificar menús que cumplan con los requisitos del programa.

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Growing Healthy Foundations: Farm to ECE Made Easy ($)

Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) is not limited to traditional farming practices but includes everyday tasks that contribute to children’s learning and development. Explore how simple actions, like buying local produce and promoting healthy eating, align with learning standards for children aged 0-5. Discover how you may already be integrating Farm to ECE into your daily routine.

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Handling Food Allergens in the CACFP Infant Meal Pattern ($)

Food allergies can arise at any age, even in infancy! Learn the nine major food allergens, how to identify foods containing these allergens and questions you may need to ask to serve meals safely for the infant(s) in your care.

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Healthy & Strong with Sesame Street ($)

Children receive nutritious meals through CACFP. Get to know Wes & Elijah as they have a healthy snack and take their usual afternoon walk. Learn about new resources featuring furry friends from your favorite Street to support healthy habits for everyone in the neighborhood.  

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Healthy Eating for Families

Looking for ideas to help promote health and nutrition to the families you serve? We’ll share tips for promoting healthy eating through meal planning.

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Healthy Eating from Head to Toe ($)

Discover foods that benefit and impact different parts of the human body with new ways and ideas to serve these foods in Child Nutrition Programs. Review and discuss CACFP nutrition program updates including tools to calculate ounce equivalents. Leave with resources to train this workshop to program participants.

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Heartful Choices: Keeping Children Healthy ($)

February is American Heart Month! As love fills the air and hearts take center stage, it’s the ideal time to get tips to make recipes heart healthy and to learn fun ideas on how to keep children active.

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How to Support Breastfeeding in the CACFP (Como puede apoyar la lactancia en el CACFP)

This webinar focuses on how child care centers and family child care homes that participate in the CACFP can support breastfeeding.

Este seminario web se enfoca en cómo los centros de cuidado infantil y los hogares de cuidado infantil que participan en el Programa de Alimentos para el Cuidado de Niños y Adultos (CACFP) pueden apoyar la lactancia materna.

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Identifying Whole Grain-Rich in the CACFP

Serving whole grain-rich (WGR) grains is an important element of the meal pattern. Learn how to identify which product meet the whole grain-rich regulations. Trainers can use this workshops to support CACFP participants.

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Identifying Whole Grain-Rich in the CACFP Using the Ingredient List (Identificar alimentos ricos en grano integral para el CACFP usando la lista de ingredientes)

This webinar will focus on how CACFP operators can use a food’s ingredient list to identify whole grain-rich items for their menus.

Este seminario web se enfoca en cómo los operadores del CACFP pueden usar la lista de ingredientes de un alimento para identificar alimentos ricos en grano integral para sus menús.

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Identifying Whole Grain-Rich in the CACFP, Part 2 (Parte 2: Identificar alimentos ricos en grano integral en el CACFP)

This webinar will focus on how CACFP operators can use a food’s ingredient list to identify whole grain-rich items for their menus, with a focus on how to treat flour blends.

Este seminario web se enfoca en cómo los operadores del CACFP pueden usar la lista de ingredientes de un alimento para identificar alimentos ricos en grano integral para sus menús, incluyendo cómo tratar las mezclas de harinas.

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Impacts of Sodium: Shaping Healthy Food Preferences ($)

Sodium is an essential mineral that plays important roles in our bodies. However, we may be consuming too much, resulting in increasing health risks like high blood pressure. Learn about the impacts of sodium and how to shape healthy habit choices early by knowing how to identify amounts of sodium on Nutrition Fact Labels and how to modify meals to reduce salt usage while still retaining all the flavor from our favorite recipes.

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In-Grained: Easy Tools to Determine Serving Amounts (Al grano: herramientas fáciles para determinar las cantidades de porciones)

This webinar focuses on tools that can be used to determine how much of a grain item is needed to meet CACFP meal pattern requirements.

Este seminario web se enfoca en las herramientas que se pueden usar para determinar qué cantidad de granos se necesitan para cumplir con los requisitos del patrón de comidas del CACFP.

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Infant Meal Pattern: What Foods Are Creditable and When? ($)

Do you have a mix of infants and toddlers in your care? Following two different meal patterns can be challenging since there are foods that are creditable in one and not the other. Learn how to identify creditable foods that can be served to infants while adhering to the CACFP meal pattern requirements.  

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Introducing Healthy Foods with Fun, Interactive Learning ($)

Eating patterns that are adopted during childhood affect health across a lifespan. Learn new ways to introduce healthy and nutritious food choices to children participating in CACFP through fun and interactive learning activities.

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Introduction to Meal Modifications and Special Diets ($)

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

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

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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Make Every Bite Count with the Dietary Guidelines, 2020-2025

Learn more about USDA’s recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 – our nation’s leading nutrition advice to help all Americans lead healthier lives. For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines includes specific recommendations for all life stages including infants and toddlers. Find out how to implement the Guidelines into your program.

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Meal Modification Cooking Demonstration ($)

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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Mealtimes with Toddlers (La hora de la comida con los niños de 1 a 2 años de edad en el CACFP)

This webinar will include practical tips for how CACFP operators can meet meal pattern requirements while addressing a toddler’s developmental needs.

Este seminario web incluye consejos prácticos sobre cómo los operadores del CACFP pueden cumplir con los requisitos del patrón de comidas, mientas atienden las necesidades de desarrollo de un niño pequeño de 1 a 2 años de edad.

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Methods for Healthy Cooking (Métodos para cocinar sano)

This webinar focuses on cooking nutritious meals and snacks in the CACFP, using methods such as roasting, baking, steaming, sautéing, stir-frying, grilling and more.

Este seminario web se enfoca en cocinar comidas y meriendas nutritivas en el CACFP, usando métodos como asar, hornear, al vapor, al sartén, a la parrilla y más.

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More on Meal Patterns

We’re here to clarify your meal pattern questions! At this free training, we will answer commonly asked questions, show how to access training from USDA Team Nutrition, and explore online resources.

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Movement and Fun: Learn Ways to Promote Active Play with Infants and Toddlers ($)

Learn fun, developmentally appropriate physical activities to play with infants and toddlers in CACFP child care homes and centers and Early Head Start classrooms. Consider the many benefits of physical activity and how these activities help meet recommended best practices. View demonstrations and videos of these activities so you can apply these ideas in your own trainings.

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Moving Forward: Update on Food Crediting in CNPs with Guidance for Dried Meat Products

The webinar provides an overview of the crediting updates resulting from the Request for Information and provides crediting technical assistance with hands-on practice specifically for dried meat products.

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Navigating Special Diets ($)

Allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities. What is the difference between the three? Learn how to navigate proper documentation, communication, and compliance to foster a safe environment for children with special dietary needs and requests.

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New Year, New Recipes ($)

A new year means fresh recipe ideas for your center or family care home! But where to start? We’ve got you covered! Join us for this fun session where you will learn new #CACFPCreditable recipes that could bring excitement to any menu.

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Nutrition and the Brain ($)

Learn about the vital role of nutrition and brain development. Understand specific nutrients essential for brain development and approaches to ensure adequate intake. Examine how hunger impacts physical growth and academic performance as well as the importance of embedding evidenced-based nutrition education as a strategy to improve nutritional status.

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Planning Developmentally Appropriate Menus ($)

Menus are not “one size fits all”! In this session, we will review feeding skills and milestones, and present strategies for planning menus that meet children’s developmental needs from 0-5 years. Participants will learn tips and tricks that prevent picky eating habits and will review common choking hazards to avoid for young children.

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

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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Prep to Plate: CACFP Portion Sizes

CACFP portioning can be confusing on paper, and in practice many more questions come up. See correct portion sizes illustrated and get answers to common real-world portioning and service questions. Get tips for the kitchen and find out what tools help compliance and reduce food waste.

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Preventing Picky Eating Through Responsive Feeding

Providing the food is only half the battle! Responsive feeding practices help prevent picking eating, and create a positive mealtime environment. Learn key feeding practices that prevent picky eating and get examples for incorporating responsive feeding into your mealtime observations.

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Promoting Responsive Feeding Practices in Early Childhood Settings ($)

Responsive feeding is an attentive way of feeding young children that includes watching for their hunger and satiety cues. This session will define the characteristics of responsive feeding as well as the impact and benefits on children’s physical and social emotional well-being. Participants will be provided with strategies and resources to help them engage in responsive feeding with children.

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Provolone, Mozzarella, and Cheddar, Oh My! Crediting Cheese in the CACFP ($)

Cheese is more than just a delicious addition to meals; it plays a crucial role in meeting nutritional requirements. However, the variety of cheeses available, including the plant-based options, can make measurement and crediting a challenging task. Learn to navigate how cheese is creditable in the CACFP, understand the rules and regulations, and accurately measure the different types of cheeses in CACFP settings. Discover cheesy tips and new recipes to add to your menu.

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Quick, Easy, Low Prep Snacks ($)

Short on time and tired of serving the same old snacks day in and day out? Breathe new life into your snack time routine by filling your recipe box with new, favorite go-to ideas for snack time. Learn about quick snacks that can be prepared in advance or on the spot and how to involve children in some of the snack making activities.

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Serving Adult Participants in the CACFP (Sirviendo a los participantes adultos en el CACFP)

This webinar shows CACFP operators how to plan and prepare reimbursable meals and snacks for adult participants.

Este seminario web muestra a los operadores del CACFP cómo planificar y preparar comidas y meriendas reembolsables para los participantes adultos.

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Serving Adults in the CACFP: Meal Patterns, Nutrition and Resources

Serving adults in the CACFP is more than just increasing the portion size of the meal pattern requirements. Learn about allowable substitutions, get insight into senior nutrition and healthy, and discover the wealth of resources available for free about food, nutrition, and physical activities for older adults.

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Serving Cold Lunches ($)

Cold lunches can be fun and may be a necessity if you are planning a picnic or field trip. In addition to meal pattern requirements, prep time, and cost, overall appearance matters when menu planning cold lunches. We’ll review favorite cold lunch menus and determine if it’s cost effective and desirable for children.

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Serving Healthy Meals in the CACFP ($)

Learn how to menu plan with tips from our friends at the Sesame Street Workshop and discover why serving healthy meals is crucial for children ages 0-5.

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Serving Meat & Meat Alternates at Breakfast (Servir carne y sustitutos de carne en el desayuno)

This webinar focuses on the option to serve meat and meat alternates in place of grains at breakfast up to three times per week for those following CACFP and preschool meal patterns.

Este seminario web se enfoca en la opción de servir carne y sustitutos de carnes en lugar de granos en el desayuno hasta tres veces por semana para quienes siguen el patrón de comidas para el CACFP y preescolares.

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Serving Milk in the CACFP (Servir leche en el CACFP)

This webinar walks the audience through Team Nutrition’s “Serving Milk in the CACFP” training worksheet and lets audience select milk for various age groups to meet meal pattern requirements.

Este seminario lleva a la audiencia a través de la hoja de capacitación “Servir leche en el CACFP” de Team Nutrition y permite que la audiencia seleccione leche para varios grupos de edad para cumplir con los requisitos del patrón de comidas.

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Serving Snacks in the CACFP (Servir meriendas o refrigerios en el Programa de Alimentos para el Cuidado de Niños y Adultos)

This webinar will show CACFP operators how to plan and prepare snacks for children and adults in their care.

Este seminario web les muestra a los operadores del CACFP cómo planear y preparar meriendas/refrigerios reembolsables para los niños y adultos en su cuidado.

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Serving Up Nutrition: Menu Planning & Recipe Ideas ($)

Do you love menu planning or are you not sure even where to begin? Learn how to get started and what you should take into consideration when developing a cycle menu or planning meals one week at a time. Receive new, easy recipe ideas that are sure to become favorites at your center or in your child care home!

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Serving Vegetables in the CACFP (Servir vegetales en el CACFP)

This webinar will focus on creative and appealing ways to offer vegetables at meals and snacks in the CACFP.

Este seminario web se enfoca en maneras creativas y apetitosas de ofrecer vegetales en comidas y meriendas en el CACFP.

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Tailoring Menus to Accommodate Special Diets ($)

Unsure of how to plan menus for children with special dietary needs? Explore the key considerations to remember when planning and sourcing CACFP creditable substitutions for special diets such as food allergies, gluten-free, and preparing texture-modified diets.

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Tiny Tummies, Big Adventures: Understanding Infant Development ($)

Early childhood is a critical phase in nurturing healthy relationships with food and fostering overall development. Explore the sequential journey infants embark upon, from mastering fundamental coordination of sucking, breathing, and swallowing to the gradual acquisition of key feeding skills such as chewing and tongue control. Use the “Stages of Infant Development and Feeding Skills” resource to gain insights into developmental milestones. Uncover the intricacies of each learning step and on the remarkable process of how infants evolve their feeding abilities.

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Specialty 2. Program Operations
CACFP Operations consist of the tasks that are performed to support the requirements of the CACFP program. For example, a provider may take training on how to keep records that are required to participate in the CACFP. Trainings to learn how to properly plan a menu to meet CACFP requirements or how to review and process claims are other examples.

A Fresh Perspective: Embracing New Foods ($)

CACFP providers have the ultimate opportunity to introduce unique and healthy foods to children in their care. Learn how adults can create environments where children are receptive to trying new fruits and vegetables. Uncover a fresh perspective to make mealtimes even healthier for children. 1. Identify strategies to expand adults’ mindsets about children’s food preferences. 2. Discover engaging activities to experiment with new foods. 3. Explore resource documents for creative and compliant menu ideas.

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Baby Steps: Ounce Equivalents for Grains and Infants

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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Beyond Beginners: Next Level Menu Planning ($)

Navigating the complexities of developing a CACFP menu can often be overwhelming and confusing. What crucial information should you include on the menu to be in compliance? Do you include ounce equivalency, serving size, or both? Moreover, are there specific documents you should maintain while planning your menu? Learn how to create menus stress-free while meeting CACFP requirements.

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Book & Bake to Build Math, Science and Literacy Foundations ($)

Embark on a culinary adventure that combines the magic of books with the art of baking. Choose a book featuring veggies, fruits, milk, eggs, or grains and infuse it with whole grain-rich flours and a dash of leavening. The result? A medley of delicious treats that young children will adore. Show children how to experience the joy of creating some of their favorite dishes, and develop foundational skills in math (sequence, volume, time, temperatures), literacy (letter, sound and word associations, following directions), science, wellness, and cultural understanding. Explore best practices for baking with young children, insights on timing and tools for success, and get access to valuable resources.

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CACFP and Head Start Food Service Regulations ($)

This training will focus on the performance standards that govern child nutrition and how they align with the CACFP program to provide good nutrition to children in Head Start. Also, learn what’s new in the HS performance standards concerning child nutrition.

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CACFP Infant to Toddler Meal Patterns Quizapalooza ($)

Maybe you are new or have been working in the CACFP for quite some time. But are you a CACFP Infant Meal Pattern Superstar? This fun, interactive session will test your knowledge in the CACFP meal patterns specific to infants and fill in the details of what you may not know!

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CACFP Overview ($)

You’re new-ish to the food program and concepts in the CACFP may not be as foreign to you, but you’d love to really explore the important areas in the CACFP. Join us as we review the meal patterns, identify basic program administration requirements, and get a refresher on how reimbursement works in the CACFP.

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Caring for Children While Social Distancing

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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Chat with Champions: Learn from Afterschool Meals Experts

Hear ideas, insights and inspiration from No Kid Hungry’s first-ever cohort of Afterschool Meals Champions. Let’s expand meal service through CACFP’s At-Risk Afterschool program!

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Child-Friendly Menu Planning Using Seasonal Foods ($)

Learn how to plan delicious, culturally appropriate, kid-friendly menus using local, seasonal foods. Start with the decision making tree to learn your best options for local purchasing. Learn time-saving tips to prepare fresh menu items. Participate in activities to promote new food to children and support your Farm to ECE Program and check out CACFP-standardized recipes to streamline the menu planning process.

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Compliance with Confidence: Sponsor Monitoring & Oversight ($)

Efficient program monitoring and oversight are essential in the CACFP and for ensuring the success of your organization. Discover best practices and opportunities of how to conduct reviews that not only meet program requirements, but also support and lift up the child care provider. Expand your understanding of effective oversight and ensure program compliance with confidence. 1. Identify CACFP monitoring requirements. 2. Explore why oversight matters and how it impacts your program. 3. Provide constructive technical assistance at review.

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Connecting Nutrition with Food, Fitness & Crafts ($)

Nutrition education goes beyond serving healthy meals and snacks. Incorporating nutrition education in multiple facets through recipes, active games, and fun crafts can help reinforce the importance of keeping our body healthy. Learn how you can tie in the foods we eat with easy, nutrition-related activities throughout the year.

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Creating Your Own Food Station ($)

Need a creative outlet with food but you don’t want to overcomplicate it? Or perhaps you want to inject some excitement into your food service or entice children to try new foods in a different way. Creating food stations may be just the right fit for you! Discover how to craft the ultimate food station. Get recipe ideas featuring #CACFPCreditable fixings and toppings so each child can assemble their very own personalized meal or snack.

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Creditable or Not? ($)

Looking for resources on how to determine if something is creditable or not in the CACFP? We can help! We’ll share where to look and what types of nutrition education resources are available free-of-charge, including the guides for Identifying Whole Grain-Rich, determining sugar content in cereals and yogurt, and which milk to serve in the CACFP.

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Creditable or Not? ($)

Wondering if what you’re serving is creditable in the CACFP? We can help! We’ll share where to look to find nutrition education resources to help you be confident in your food component choices, including the guides for Identifying Whole Grain-Rich, determining sugar content in cereals and yogurt, and which milk to serve in the CACFP.

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Crediting Recipes in the CACFP for Centers ($)

Have you already attended the webinar on How to Credit Recipes in the CACFP? In this session, we’ll go a step further and apply what we know about crediting recipes for centers. Learn how to evaluate and scaleup recipes while ensuring they are CACFP creditable. Become confident in developing your own #CACFPCreditable recipes to make and serve to those in your care.

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Culinary Knife Skills for Child Nutrition Programs ($)

Know the difference between diced, chopped, and cubed when your CACFP recipe calls for it? Learn classic culinary cuts in combination with cuts used in the USDA’s Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) as well as what small, medium, and large slices look like as you prepare your age-appropriate required serving sizes to meet the meal patterns. Get to know the anatomy of a knife, how to hold it, maintain them, and be safe in the kitchen. Get a quick guide with visuals to keep handy wherever you prepare meals.

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Family Style Dining: Conversations Around the Table

Encourage young ones to share their thoughts and stories as they gather around the dining table- family-style. This interactive experience fosters not only healthy eating habits but also helps them learn the art of conversation, where little voices can be heard and cherished. Receive tips on how to make family-style dining kid-friendly and discover resources to start conversing with children at the table!

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Family Style Meal Service with Children in the CACFP

This webinar shows tips for preparing and supporting children, training staff, and meeting CACFP meal pattern requirements to successfully serve meals “family style.” The Nebraska Department of Education also shares how they developed and utilized tools to train child care providers on family style meal service.

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Family-Style Meal Service and Head Start Performance Regulations ($)

Learning opportunities abound at meal times in Head Start sites. Help your staff or team understand the performance regulations for family style meal service and how they can incorporate Math, Science, Language and Literacy into their meal times.

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Feeding Infants in the CACFP: Resources, Training and Regulations ($)

If you are caring for infants at your site, you know there are additional requirements when feeding infants which change as they move from 0-5 months of age to 6-12 months. There are also many resources! Learn how to use and reference the USDA’s Feeding Infant Guide to support your care, protocols, and participation in the food program.

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Food Plating with a Purpose ($)

Having challenges with children eating certain foods? The way we present nutritious foods to children is a powerful tool that encourages them to eat healthier meals and snacks. Why not make it a little fun? By introducing fun shapes and designs to a single plate or family style dish, children may be persuaded to try these new or challenging foods. Learn how you can easily construct enticing plates and receive recipe ideas to inspire new creations!

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Fueling Healthy Growth in Early Head Start ($)

Early Head Start sites must often manage two different meal patterns when complying with CACFP requirements based on the age of the children in their care. Learn the differences between feeding infants and toddlers to ensure optimal nutrition and program compliance. Gain valuable insights on how to create balanced and age-appropriate menus, address specific dietary considerations for infants, and implement practical strategies for promoting healthy eating habits to foster a positive mealtime environment.

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Fueling Minds and Bodies in Head Start with Family-Style Dining ($)

Unlock a world of learning opportunities during meal times in Head Start sites through Family Style dining. Equip your staff or team with a deep understanding of the performance regulations surrounding this meal service model, empowering them to create enriching experiences. Discover how to seamlessly incorporate Math, Science, Language, and Literacy into meal times, transforming them into valuable educational moments. Get practical guidance on aligning meal service with academic goals while ensuring compliance with CACFP and Head Start regulations.

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Garden to Early Childhood Education ($)

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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Get Cooking with CACFP Creditable Infant Recipes ($)

From purees to bite-sized foods, new recipes to add to your menu are always in demand. Explore infant-friendly recipes that will not only bring something exciting to the plate, but more flavors and vegetables to be explored by those in your care!

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Harvest Celebration: Menu Planning with Cycle Menus ($)

Celebrate the harvest by including seasonal produce harvested from your garden, purchased from the local farmers market, or grocery store into your cycle menu! Learn the basics of developing a cycle menu and how to incorporate seasonal foods in the menu planning process.

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Holiday Menu Planning ($)

Holiday Menu Planning in the CACFP? Yes! Healthy and festive. Looking for ideas to replace traditional holiday sweets and treats with healthy and nutritious foods? Want to learn more about what #CACFPCreditable Holiday meals look like among different cultures?

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How to Credit Recipes in the CACFP ($)

Maybe you love to develop delicious recipes, or a parent has shared one of their family favorites, but you are not sure how to make it creditable in the CACFP. Learn key tips and methods on how to evaluate recipes to ensure they are #CACFPCreditable as we guide you through our recipe crediting worksheet.

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

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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Making Multiple Meals from Just a Few Ingredients ($)

Variety is the spice of life! However, adding variety to your menu while managing a budget, food waste, storage space and more can be a real challenge in a food and nutrition program. Ease some of these issues by learning how to menu plan using multipurpose menu products. We’ll share successful menu planning techniques, tips and tricks, and chef-led demos.

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Mastering Head Start Menus in the CACFP ($)

Navigating the complexities of developing a CACFP Head Start menu can often be overwhelming and confusing. What crucial information should
you include on the menu to be in compliance? Do you include ounce equivalency, serving size, or both!? Moreover, are there specific documents you should maintain while planning your menu? Learn how to create menus stress-free while meeting CACFP requirements in Head Start as we guide you through the process. Get confidence and clarity in your menu development endeavors.

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Meal Patterns 101 ($)

Head Start centers 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 components are required and how they fit into the CACFP meal pattern.

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Meal Service Made Fun ($)

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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Medical Statements: Do You Really Need Them? ($)

Received a special food request and not quite sure what to do? Learn about medical statements and what you need to know before serving foods that may or may not be creditable in the CACFP.

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Menu Planning for the CACFP (Planificacion de comidas para el CACFP)

This webinar focuses on different meal planning techniques that can be used to serve healthy and appealing meals and snacks that meet CACFP and Preschool meal pattern requirements.

Este seminario web se enfoca en diferentes técnicas de planificación de comidas que se pueden utilizar para servir comidas y meriendas saludables y atractivas que cumplen con los requisitos del patrón de comidas para el CACFP y pre-escolares.

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Menu Planning Made Easy ($)

CACFP home and commercial kitchens operate at their best with well-planned menus. Menus drive budgets, kitchen efficiency, purchasing/grocery shopping, receiving, customer satisfaction, and so much more. Join Chef Brenda to learn how to cr

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No Kitchen? No Problem! Serving Meals from the Cupboard ($)

Not everyone in CACFP/SFSP has access to a full kitchen. Learn how to plan a menu with shelf-stable and fresh foods that require assembly only. Receive recipe ideas that are not only #CACFPCreditable but also may become favorites at your site!

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Offer Versus Serve in the CACFP (Ofrecer Versus Servir en el Programa de Alimentos para el Cuidado de Niños y Adultos)

This webinar focuses on how to use Offer Versus Serve meal service, available and optional for sites that serve at-risk afterschool and adult participants in the CACFP only.

Este seminario web se centra en cómo usar el servicio de comidas Ofrecer Versus Servir, el cual está disponible y es opcional para sitios que sirven después de la escuela en lugares en riesgo o a adultos participantes en el CACFP solamente.

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Planning Menus and Recipes During COVID Shortages ($)

Menus require planning and forecasting as well as recipe and menu development. Create safe menus while facing pandemic shortages by seeing how popular foods can be versatile and support your program.

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Plant Powered Palates: Showcasing Plant-Forward CACFP Recipes & Menus ($)

Are vegetarian menus in high demand at your adult center, child care center or family child care home? Maybe you’re not sure where to start or need more recipe ideas to liven up your current menu. Learn about the difference between a vegetarian and vegan diet, the latest research about plant-based alternatives, ways to identify vegetarian products, share #CACFPCreditable recipe ideas, plus, get a two-week CACFP plant-forward menu for you to try at your site!

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Quizapalooza: Are You a Meal Pattern Super Star? ($)

Think you know the meal pattern like the back of your hand? From food components to required serving sizes to substitutions and variations of the meal pattern by age groups, there is so much more to know beyond the basics. Test your knowledge, or learn something new, as we review a wide range of meal pattern topics through polls and interactive learning!

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Safe Foods, Healthy Bodies ($)

Learn how food can become unsafe, and explore methods to reduce risk of food-borne illness in child care settings. Understand how to handle, prepare and store foods safely. Review CACFP crediting information for infant foods and combination foods. Gain resources to train this workshop for CACFP participants.

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Snack Attack: Elevate Your Snack Game ($)

Day in and day out, the same snacks are being served. You’ve been longing to elevate your snack game, but you’re lacking ideas. Next up on the menu: snacks, snacks, and more snacks! Hit reset on your menus with some fresh snack tips and recipe ideas. Get creative and add something exciting to the plate for you and the children in your care.

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Standardizing Recipes ($)

Standardized recipes are a critical tool to scratch cooking in the CACFP. This session focuses on some key concepts that are essential to understanding, developing, and serving standardized recipes to meet desired meal pattern contributions. This results in consistent product yields, reducing food costs, and efficiency in the kitchen. Learn how to create standardized recipes for your centers and how to guide your home providers so they can be sure their recipes are #CACFPCreditable.

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Strategies for Virtual Monitoring in the CACFP

All sponsors are navigating virtual monitoring during the pandemic. Get ideas from small, medium, and large sponsoring organizations on how they are performing reviews and providing technical assistance to their homes and centers.

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Straw Bales: A New Way to Garden ($)

No space? No soil? No problem. Learn how to start a straw bale garden from beginning to end. You will be ready to plant and grow with the children in your care this Spring!

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Specialty 3. Training & Technology
Training and Technology CEU credits consist of train-the-trainer workshops you may attend designed to give you the tools to teach others. It can also include workshops to learn CACFP software for uses such as record keeping, menu planning, or determining how to ensure you are meeting food crediting minimums. For example, training on the use of the USDA Food Buying Guide can be applied here.

A Look Inside the New CACFP Trainer’s Tools: Feeding Infants Kit

This webinar provides an interactive overview of Team Nutrition’s new resource, the CACFP Trainer’s Tools: Feeding Infants Kit. This kit includes a trainer’s guide, presentation slides and trainer notes, videos, and digital interactive games. Hear how these components help trainers deliver information on hot topics like developmental readiness, hunger and fullness signs, handling and storing breastmilk and infant formula, and much more!

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Coaching & Mentoring Using a Peer-to-Peer Model

This training will highlight effective training strategies used by the Kansas State Department of Education and resources from the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN).

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Creative Online Learning Strategies to Engage Providers

State agency staff from Iowa, Massachusetts, and Nebraska will share experiences in developing and implementing online learning modules.

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Delivering Interactive In-Person Training

This webinar will spotlight interactive approaches used by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Texas Department of Agriculture to actively engage participants during in-person CACFP trainings.

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Exhibit A Grains Tool to the Rescue!

Learn about the Exhibit A Grains Tool, a feature included with the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs Interactive Web-Based Tool. The Exhibit A Grains Tool allows you to search for your grain product (as listed on Exhibit A) and enter in the serving size from the product label. The tool then helps you determine: 1) ounce equivalent (oz eq) grains or grains/bread serving(s) for the grain product, and 2) amount to serve to provide your desired grains contribution. In this webinar, Team Nutrition also provided in-depth practice for using the grains tool as well as highlighting the available training video. Participants can also experience the Exhibit A Grains Tool on the Mobile App. Program operators can calculate the grain contributions on-the-go.

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Food Buying Guide Goes Digital

Learn about the new Food Buying Guide (FBG) Mobile App and FBG Interactive Web Tool via a live demonstration! You’ll learn how to utilize the innovative features of these tools including search and navigation, the ability to compare food yield information, and the ability to create a favorite foods list. In addition, speakers from the Nutrition and Technical Assistance Branch, we also highlight an exciting feature of the Interactive Web Tool: the interactive Product Formulation Statement Workbook, which allows manufacturers to easily search and populate selected food items into the workbook, calculate their product’s contribution statement, and generate a certified document that provides crediting information for child nutrition program operators.

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Healthy Habits Count ($)

Establishing healthy habits and routines during early childhood can set the stage for lifelong wellbeing. The 5-2-1-0 framework encourages children to develop positive habits through nutrition and physical activity. Learn how 5-2-1-0 reinforces CACFP meal patterns and best practices to help kids thrive.

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How to Maximize Exhibit A Grains Tool

Team Nutrition demonstrates the latest enhancements to the Exhibit A Grains Tool. The Exhibit A Grains Tool allows you to search for your grain product as listed on Exhibit A and enter in the serving size from the product label. The tool helps you determine: 1) ounce equivalent (oz eq) grains or grains/bread serving(s) for the grain product, 2) amount to serve to provide your desired grains contribution, and (3) with the new update, the amount to serve for a grain product in order to meet the minimum grains requirement by age/grade groups for specific child nutrition programs. This webinar provides a demonstration and in-depth practice for using the grains tool on the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) Interactive Web-Based Tool. Participants will also experience the Exhibit A Grains Tool on the Mobile App, which allows program operators to determine the grains contribution and the amount to serve on-the-go.

This webinar is also available with Spanish subtitles.

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Little Chefs, Big Appetites ($)

We know that children are more likely to try a new food when they are involved in creating a meal or snack. But how do you set up a safe environment at your family child care home that allows children to do this? Learn different strategies on how your kitchen helpers can assist you in making food with age-appropriate tasks, whether it is in the kitchen or eating area. Receive easy recipes to hone their fine motor skills while handling food.

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Navigating the Food Buying Guide Calculator

Learn about FBG Calculator, the new feature included with the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs Interactive Web-Based Tool. The FBG Calculator is designed to create a shopping list to assist child nutrition program operators when ordering food for their programs. In this webinar, Team Nutrition also provided in-depth practice for using the calculator as well as highlighting the newly released training video. Participants can also experience the FBG Calculator on the FBG Mobile App. Program operators will be able to create and use their shopping list on-the-go.

This webinar is also available with Spanish subtitles.

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Ounce Equivalents for Grains: No Weigh!

Team Nutrition has several resources and tools to help CACFP operators transition to grains ounce equivalents – no food scales required! Receive hands-on training and leave with a menu of options for successful implementation. Download the Food Buying Guide (FBG) before watching this session.

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Resources for Success: Tools, Templates, Activities

From provider toolkits to activity sheets for children to training worksheets and more, learn what resources we have available to you free of charge that you can use today for promoting nutrition and physical activities. Learn where to find free online training and handouts for specific CACFP guidelines that will set you up for program success.

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Start Simple with MyPlate: Personalize Resources to Make Every Bite Count

Explore Start Simple with MyPlate and the new digital tools and resources which offer free, personalized resources based on eating needs and habits. Discover resources for every life stage that can help you live healthfully.

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Training Program Operators to Use Grains Ounce Equivalents

This webinar will help state agencies, CACFP sponsoring organizations, and independent centers provide training on using ounce equivalents instead of “servings” to determine amounts of grains. CACFP operators are required to use ounce equivalents for grains by Oct. 1, 2021 (“Delayed Implementation of Grains Ounce Equivalents in the Child and Adult Care Food Program Final Rule”). Webinar participants will learn about existing training tools and strategies available on grains ounce equivalents. Additionally, Oregon’s Department of Education will share how they used virtual training techniques to provide training for CACFP operators.

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Using the Food Buying Guide to Figure Out Grain Ounce Equivalents ($)

Follow along this step-by-step process to using the USDA Food Buying Guide (FBG) in order to calculate grain ounce equivalents. Learn how to use both the website and the FBG app for your mobile device.

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Specialty 4. Program Administration
CACFP Administration consists of the activities that are related to operating a CACFP sponsoring organization or state agency with regards to the food program specifically. For example, a director or manager may take trainings on ways to develop corrective action plans or how to enroll a new site. Classes like these which address how to administer the food program, are counted in this specialty.

CACFP Regulations for Head Start ($)

Operating CACFP in Head Start is a requirement, but do you know the differences between what’s a CACFP regulation and what is mandated by Head Start? Learn what the Head Start performance standards that govern child nutrition are and how they align with the CACFP to provide good nutrition to children. Gain an understanding of the requirements and hear about the latest updates in Head Start performance standards for child nutrition.

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Completing Claims Like Clockwork

Learn the CACFP best practices for the submission of accurate claims for the reimbursements of meals. Identify management practices that adversely impact claims and help ensure that providers are getting reimbursed for the meals that they are serving.

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Cost-Saving Strategies for Sponsors ($)

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 ($)

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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Emergency Preparedness in Head Start ($)

The pandemic taught us to always be one step ahead and prepared for the unknown. Discover ways to integrate emergency preparedness and planning into your facility operation plans while including all departments. Practice writing your own emergency plans to support your program and outline your next steps.

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Expanding Summer and Afterschool Meals ($)

The Summer and Afterschool Nutrition Programs are key to combating hunger when the school day ends. Hear about promising practices from national and local levels in expanding access to meals for the millions of children who qualify and learn ways to maintain your existing participation.

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Facilitating Compliance in Your At-Risk Afterschool Program ($)

Learn how to use Adult Learning theory techniques to capture the attention of your program site supervisors to highlight the most frequent compliance issues during training. Take home an audit calendar to prepare for your state review, sample Performance Improvement Plans, standard compliance operating procedures, and other tools to continue to serve your sites year after year.

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Keys to Corrective Action Plans

You’ve heard the term Corrective Action, but how does it impact you? As a sponsor you may need to write a Corrective Action Plan and as a provider you may need to complete one. Practice walking through the steps of a Corrective Action Plan and receive valuable tips to communicate your plan effectively.

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

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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Operational Strategies for Afterschool Meals & Summer Food Service ($)

Food insecurity for children in the United States is on the rise, and research has proven that hungry children cannot learn. Become part of the solution by offering an innovative summer feeding program and adding supper to your school year program. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation, so these out-of-school time meal service opportunities are critical in most areas across the country. Learn how to get stakeholder buy-in, what staffing and logistics requirements look like, which menus work best, and ways to reach a rural community.

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Paperless: Preparing for an Audit When Your Files are Digital ($)

Paper records use valuable space, paper, ink, and time to sort through. Learn how simple it can be to take your program into the digital age. Get a step-by-step plan to follow if you would like to become more tech savvy and efficient with your resources and be prepared for you next audit using digital files. Successful implementation requires a scanner and possible file storage hosting services.

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Program Accountability: Internal Controls ($)

You know internal controls are important, but maybe you haven’t set them up or don’t know where to start? Learn why they are necessary for all operators to ensure CACFP compliance. Learn how to develop, document, and evaluate internal control systems and how to identify common program areas where internal controls are essential.

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Reduce Findings: Make Paperwork a Priority ($)

Get step-by-step guidance on how to maximize policies, procedures and training to counteract the most common findings. Take home handouts on how to strengthen your business by targeting the inefficiencies in your workflow.

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Schools as Afterschool Meals Sponsors, Sites and Vendors ($)

Set up schools for afterschool meals success with the knowledge and experience of a school nutrition director and a nonprofit sponsor. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from finding the right models for partnership and implementation to communication with school and district officials to logistics and staffing.

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Serious Deficiency Process

Are you in a quandary about the SD process? Get an overview of the serious deficiency process, hear about the most common errors in responding to serious deficiencies, and better understand the elements of the appeals process and role of the hearing official.

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Specialty 5. Financial Management
Financial management may be defined as planning, organizing, directing and controlling the financial activities of an organization.

CACFP Administrative Budgets

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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Developing a CACFP Budget ($)

Get training on developing a CACFP budget including; hands-on practice on budget forecasting, assessing if a cost is allowable/unallowable and determining when to revise or amend the budget.

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Financial Backups for Fiscal Audits

Are your backup expense files organized and ready to go? We’ll share methods that make audits and reviews successful.

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Flawless Audits: Managing Your CACFP Sponsorship ($)

Are you a multi-program or multi-state sponsor? You’ll need strong organization, clear cost allocation, and excellence in monitoring to be prepared for your state audit. Learn how to operate so State Agencies find it a breeze to perform your Management Evaluations.

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Food Access, Family and Procurement in CACFP ($)

Learn how to increase food access through purchasing practices and strategies implemented in the CACFP such as relationship building with co-ops, community supported agriculture, and farmers. We’ll talk about how to plan your purchases following program regulations and guidelines and how to increase family engagement by showing how parents can easily adopt similar strategies and initiatives at home.

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Fundraising Ideas

Let’s share great fundraising ideas. Get 4 – 6 ideas on how to fundraise.

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Grant Writing 101 ($)

New to grant writing? 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, put together budget justifications.

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

Gain insight on investigating allegations of non-compliance in the CACFP and SFSP. Learn how to identify red flags during a monitoring review and take home interview techniques, sampling methodologies, and best practices which have been instrumental in identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in federally funded programs.

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Procurement in the CACFP ($)

Get an overview of federal procurement regulations and practical tools on how to execute successful procurement measures.

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Procurement Standards for Sponsors & Centers ($)

All federal Child Nutrition Programs, including CACFP, must follow federal “procurement” (or purchasing) requirements. Learn the purpose of these regulations and how to implement them as part of your CACFP food buying practices. The USDA Farm to School Team will also focus on how to properly buy local in compliance with federal requirements.

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Tackling Inflation with Smart Budgeting ($)

With the inflation in food costs, the struggle to purchase foods while staying in a budget can be challenging. But is it possible to buy healthy foods and make delicious meals on a budget? Yes! Learn how to plan, utilize savvy shopping techniques, and receive a budget-friendly 2-week cycle menu along with some recipe ideas to try.

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Specialty 6. Management
Management is the act of overseeing or supervising a team or organization. The CEU’s in this category do not have to be CACFP specific and can include trainings like leadership, how to engage teams, developing a succession plan, and working with a board of directors.

Accountability & Leadership ($)

Understand the power of recognition, learn how to give great feedback and build a team that trusts. Get a list of guiding principles that create a culture of collaboration and accountability. Discover how looking at the big picture can help with the small stuff in your workplace.

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Artificial Intelligence for Child Nutrition ($)

Have you heard about Artificial Intelligence, but are unsure where to begin or how it could be beneficial to your program? Discover the basics of large language models (LLMs), like ChatGPT, and how you can use them in your current role within child nutrition settings

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Managing from Home? Engaging Remote Staff

We’re sharing ideas on how to help employees feel connected and engaged during the COVID Pandemic.

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Managing Stress in the Workplace ($)

When you experience work overload day in and day out, you can start to feel as though you’re on a treadmill and that you’ll never catch up. This can be stressful and often leads to burnout. Learn how to create a self-care plan that prioritizes your mental health and helps you manage stress more effectively.

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Marketing Your Business: Marketing Yourself ($)

By positioning yourself as a subject matter expert in your field, you are also elevating your organization, which can give you the advantage when growing your program. Learn how to start your journey with easy steps you can implement immediately or find out how to take the next step to marketing yourself.

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Marketing Your Business: Outreach 101

Looking to promote the CACFP to new providers and centers who aren’t on the food program? Trying to figure out how to let parents know why childcare programs who participate in the CACFP means their children are getting a healthy start in life? Learn why it’s important to add regular outreach activities to your to-do list. We’ll talk about hosting virtual open house events, going live on Facebook, adding giveaways to your social media, developing regular communications, and why supporting community events matters.

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Methods to Becoming a Great Leader ($)

Do you have what is takes to lead? Is your team producing great results? Every great team starts with a great leader. Learn effective strategies on what it takes to lead and have a great successful team while exploring various leadership skills and leadership styles.

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Resilience is Everything ($)

Resilience: The ability to bounce back. It’s what enables students to come out of challenging experiences with a positive attitude about themselves and their future. After 18 years in foster care and watching his daughter battle brain cancer, hear how Dee turned those unexpected events into incredible life lessons. This unforgettable hour will remind you, you are not alone, and move you to continue to make a difference in the lives of those you serve.

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

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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Small Tweaks, Giant Peaks: Reframing Your Mindset ($)

Are you feeling burnt out or unmotivated? Learn skills to reframe your mindset to create your best self and get strategies to help you find success. Whatever your roles and responsibilities entail, these best practices will help you level up and prepare for the future.

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Taking a Bilateral Approach to Self-Care ($)

It’s easy for providers to put the needs of the children they care for ahead of their own well-being. However, it is essential for them to prioritize their own mental and physical health in order to provide the best care for those they serve. Learn how to incorporate self-care into your daily routine to improve overall selfwellness.

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Taking Care of Yourself During Stressful Times ($)

Because of COVID-19, many have had to adapt to changing meal delivery systems and regulations, wearing protective equipment, and providing educational support for their own children. Even though staff feel good about providing an essential service, the additional demands can have a toll on well-being. In this thought-provoking session, attendees will acknowledge the sources of their stress, hear about research-proven methods to increase well-being, and leave with ways to take care of themselves.

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Specialty 7. Civil Rights & Policy
CACFP Civil Rights training is required annually with the purpose of informing compliance and enforcement against any type of discrimination in all FNS nutrition programs and activities. Policy training consists of CACFP regulations, USDA guidance, and Congressional action while advocacy sessions include topics of public support or recommendations for the CACFP.

Accommodating Participants with Disabilities in Community Meals

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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Advancing Health Equity for Child Nutrition ($)

Equitable and inclusive access to healthy meals is critical in addressing health disparities and improving health outcomes. Meals and nutrition education offered through CACFP play a vital role in the health and well-being of children and families. Explore best practices and opportunities for providers to help advance health equity through a policy, systems, and environmental approach. ~

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Advancing Indigenous Health Equity and Food Security

Policy is a major determinant of health among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Explore the complex factors that have contributed to high rates of obesity and diabetes among Indigenous Peoples in the United States, including, but not limited to, the disruption of Indigenous knowledge systems, commodity food offerings, displacement, and federal funding shortfalls. Identify best practices for engaging with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and Villages and learn how state and federal food commodity programs can advance food sovereignty efforts.

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Advocating for a Third Meal ($)

Ready to advocate for a reimbursement of a third meal but unsure of where to start? Explore the importance of advocating at the state and local levels in early childhood nutrition and how to secure legislation and funding.

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Advocating for the CACFP: How to Host Elected Officials

Showcasing your program is one of the most impactful ways to advocate for the CACFP. Invite your elected official to join you at your site to interact with and serve meals/snacks to the children or adults in your care. Learn how to host your elected official at your site, from the initial invite to the follow up after a successful site visit.

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All About Policy

Emergency funding, child nutrition reauthorization, policy waivers and more! Hear what’s going on nationally and how it could affect you locally.

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Applying a Racial Equity Lens to Recommendations for CACFP and SFSP ($)

Historic racial inequities are perpetuating hunger and poverty. This is perhaps even more of a reality during COVID-19. CACFP, SFSP and other child nutrition programs help to combat class inequities, but children of color still bear the consequences of structural racism. Hear about what racial equity is and how this lens can be applied to specific recommendations in food access and nutrition.

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Civil Rights 101: Compliance with Civil Rights Requirements

Civil Rights training is an annual requirement for state agency staff who interact with program applicants, sponsors, program participants, potentially eligible individuals and those persons who supervise front line staff. This session will fulfill that requirement while addressing the Civil Rights training requirements as outlined in FNS Instruction 113-1, Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement – Nutrition Programs and Activities.

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Civil Rights Complaint Procedures ($)

It’s a requirement for operators of CACFP to ensure non-discrimination in the administration of the program and knowing how to establish a written procedure for handling civil rights complaints related to discrimination is important. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Civil Rights Complaint Procedures and learn how to develop a Self-Assessment Checklist, essential components for compliance. Enhance your knowledge, strengthen your agency’s commitment to civil rights in the CACFP, and be inspired by a real-life example showcasing the successful execution of these procedures.

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COVID Impact on the CACFP

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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Emergency Funding, Child Nutrition Reauthorization and Grassroots Advocacy ($)

Learn about the status of the CACFP Emergency Funding, why the ongoing Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill can make an impact on your programs, and how you can take action to make a difference to both.

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Good News! Sharing Your CACFP Story ($)

Together we can raise awareness of how the CACFP works to combat hunger. Hear stories about what the CACFP community is doing to share its message and learn how to use social media strategies, local and state proclamations, local news stories and more to help raise awareness about the CACFP.

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Policy Basics: Understanding Laws, Regulations and Rulemaking ($)

Understanding the complexities of policy can be difficult, but it’s important to know the different mechanisms that create and affect the CACFP. In this interactive policy crash course, we will answer questions like: What is determined by Congress and what is determined by USDA? What is the difference between a law and a regulation? What’s the process for creating a new rule for CACFP? Equip yourself with essential knowledge for better understanding and navigation of policy that shapes the CACFP.

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Power of the Food Program with CACFP

You agree to serve healthy meals and snacks. The USDA CACFP offers you financial reimbursement. Learn about the history of the food program and how to get the most from your day of exciting training with us. We’re defining the CACFP and celebrating you!

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Take Action: The Importance of Advocacy in the CACFP ($)

The CACFP plays a critical role in promoting nutrition security, yet many do not know about the food program and all the great work being done by program operators and providers nationwide. Join us to learn how to advocate for the CACFP and explore tools and resources to effectively communicate the importance of your work. Gain insights on raising awareness and highlighting the invaluable role of the CACFP within communities.

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US Poverty & Its Impact on Children ($)

Learn about the root causes of poverty, understand how poverty impacts families and children, and explore policy ideas and strategies for reducing poverty and mitigating its negative effects.

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The webinars below do not count towards the CCNP or CMP.

Feeding Communities: From Planning to Serving Meals in the SFSP ($)

What does it take to feed children over the summer months? A lot of preparation comes before launching SFSP. Uncover the month-by-month tasks that will help you be successful in implementing SFSP from reaching out to previous sites to bidding to paperwork and so much more!

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From Hot to Cold: Create an Award-Winning SFSP Cold Lunch Menu ($)

Cold meals can be high-quality, healthy and reach children in a variety of non-traditional settings. Learn how to work with key community partners to bring cold meals to the Summer Food Service Program. Presented by a 2017 Silver and 2018 Gold USDA Turnip the Beet award winner.

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Meal Innovations: Maximize Labor & Mitigate Supply Chain Issues ($)

Learn creative ways to maximize your labor and food resources to ensure great participation in your Summer Food Program. Get great ideas on how to package individual items, an entire meal or create a weekly meal box. Take home creative menu ideas requiring minimal labor and suggestions to resolve supply chain issues.

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Rural, Non-Congregate Summer Food Service: Policy Update and Best Practices ($)

When school ends and summer begins, students who live in rural areas often experience food insecurity and sometimes have no access to healthy foods at all. Schools or parks may be up to an hour or more away from where they live and parents or caregivers simply can’t get them to SFSP sites. Learn how real programs adopted this meal service option for rural areas to better serve their community and feed hungry kids. We’ll also cover an overview of the latest policy updates, such as the recently released Interim Rule for Non-Congregate Feeding option.

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SFSP Overview ($)

Don’t know what SFSP even means? Are you brand new to child nutrition food programs? Do you run one program and are thinking about sponsoring another? Learn how this food program provides healthy food access for children in child care, afterschool, out-of-school time and during summer.

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Sponsoring Summer Food: Keys to Financial Management ($)

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. Identify key SFSP Financial Management Requirements. Discover strategies for existing programs to include SFSP. Acquire best practices to prevent common internal control weaknesses.

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Summer Food Service Program Basics ($)

Don’t know what SFSP even means? Are you brand new to child nutrition food programs? Do you run one program and are thinking about sponsoring another? Learn how this food program provides healthy food access for children in child care, afterschool, out-of-school time and during summer.

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