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National CACFP Conference 

Join over 1,000 members of the child nutrition community for an incredible few days of training, networking, and learning opportunities!

Presented by the National CACFP Sponsors Association in cooperation with the USDA & the National Professionals Association.



April 21-23, 2016    Conference Program

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Wednesday  ●  April 20, 2016

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Registration & Information

 

Thursday  ●  April 21, 2016

7:00 am - 8:00 PM

Registration & Information

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibits Open

8:00 am - 12:00 PM

National Professionals Association*
State Agency Training

8:00 am - 12:00 PM

 Preconference Training*

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch On Your Own

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

National Conference Regional Sessions

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Workshops Session One

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshops Session Two

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

30th Anniversary Celebration Reception*

 

Friday  ●  April 22, 2016

7:00 AM - 5:30  PM

Registration & Information

7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Exhibits Open

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by General Mills

8:15 AM - 9:45 AM

National Conference General Session

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Workshops Session Three

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshops Session Four

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Boxed Lunch Networking Workshops

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Workshops Session Five

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshops Session Six

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

National Professionals Association Annual Meeting*

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting*

 

Saturday  ●  April 23, 2016

7:30 AM - 5:00  PM

Registration & Information

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibits Open

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Workshops Session Seven

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Workshops Session Eight

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshops Session Nine

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

National Professionals Association State Agency Meeting*

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch On Your Own

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshops Session Ten

2:00 PM -5:00 PM

National Professionals Association State Agency Training*

*Ticketed Events & Meetings Concurrent with National Conference

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concannon.jpgUnder Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, USDA

Kevin W. Concannon was nominated by President Obama and Secretary Vilsack and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2009 to serve as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the United States Department of Agriculture.

Working in partnership with State and local organizations, FNS oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program; child nutrition programs including National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Summer Food Service Programs; the Child and Adult Care Food Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the Commodity Supplemental Food Program; Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; The Emergency Food Assistance Program; and other nutrition programs.

Under Secretary Concannon has had a lengthy and distinguished career in public service. Over the past twenty-five years, he has served as Director of State Health and Human Services departments in Maine, Oregon, and Iowa. He has championed expanded services, improved access, alternatives to institutions, consumer choices, affordable health care, diversity in workplace and programs, and modernization of public information technology systems.

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Join us as we celebrate 30 years together! On Thursday, April 21 from 6-8 PM we will be honoring community members whose passion and dedication to the CACFP have improved the lives of millions of children across the nation.

  • $30 Ticket - NCA Members EARLY until Feb 15th & $45 STANDARD until April 1
  • $50 Ticket - Non Members EARLY until Feb 15th & $65 STANDARD until April 1
  • Limited Availability
  • Cash Bar

Choose from one of these four preconference training to be offered to the child nutrition community on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 8 AM - 12 PM.

These in-depth training opportunities are limited in size and offered at an additional price to the conference registration. 

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Cherese Myree, CFE and Monica Miles
MH Miles Company, CPA PC

This training is a 101 level overview of generally accepted source documentation to support allowable costs for CACFP operations. Attendees will also learn about best practices for determining if proposed Program costs are necessary, reasonable and allowable. Discover the impact the management plan has on the budget; what constitutes a related party transaction; and who has the burden of proof for ensuring proposed costs are necessary, reasonable, and allowable. Training will include group activities, discussion on proposed Program costs that are often questioned, and tools to assist with avoiding common budget submission mistakes. 


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USDA Summer Food Program Staff
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Are you serving children afterschool through CACFP At-risk Afterschool Meals? Are you interested in learning how to serve children year-round? Then consider sponsoring the Summer Foods Service Program (SFSP) during the summer months. At the USDA, we know that successful operation of one Child Nutrition Program (CNP)  is a large indicator for success in the operation of other CNPs. Hunger doesn't take a vacation so we want to partner with you to make healthy foods available year round for our nation's children. Come to this preconference training to learn the nuts and bolts of operating the SFSP and why you should start sponsoring it at your agency. Get technical assistance from the USDA and hear about case studies and success stories from State Agencies and Sponsors already doing the work.

 

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Institute of Child Nutrition Trainers
(formerly NFSMI)  

This preconference training program will give you four one-hour workshops to take home including 1) Health & Wellness, 2) Selecting a Variety of Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains, 3) Cost-Effective Shopping, and 4) Food Safety Fundamentals. In Health & Wellness, learn how to teach your family child care provider to draft a wellness policy, create a plan to improve nutrition in a family child care program and increase opportunities for physical activity. In Selecting a Variety of Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains, get the tools and handouts you need to offer a workshop for your providers about the benefits and the importance of selecting a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains. The Cost Effective Shopping training will show you how to help your providers with strategies to plan nutritious and cost-effective meals, how to budget and identify cost saving resources, and provide you with calculators to share how to implement cost-effective shopping. For Food-Safety Fundamentals, learn how to teach your providers to define “foodborne illness” and its causes; how to implement practical techniques for keeping food safe during the four steps of food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill; and how to apply food safety knowledge to grocery shopping and food storage.

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Institute of Child Nutrition Trainers
(formerly NFSMI) 

This preconference training program will give you four one-hour workshops to take home including 1) Selecting a Variety of Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains, 2) Meal-Time Procedures, 3) Food Allergies & Intolerances, 4) Infants and Development. Mealtime Procedures is a workshop designed to for you to use with your childcare providers to teach them to identify the four components of family-style meals, the advantages of family-style meals, and to share tools on how to implement family-style meals. Food Allergies helps you teach what food allergies are and the symptoms related to food allergies, how to identify the top eight food allergens on food labels, differentiate between a food intolerance and a food allergy and how they can create a Food Allergy Policy. During Infants & Development, you will learn how to help your provider describe the relationship between growth and development, the relationship between food and health in infants, and best practices for safely feeding infants with guidance on food safety for breastmilk and formula bottles. In Selecting a Variety of Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains, get the tools and handouts you need to offer a workshop for your providers about the benefits and the importance of selecting a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains.

 
 
At-Risk * Afterschool * Summer Food
 
Best Practices for Sponsoring Summer and Afterschool Programs
Get the information and tools needed to start, grow, and improve sponsorship of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program and the Summer Food Service Program. This session will feature research, resources, partnerships, and stories that will help attendees to implement effective strategies and find success.
 
The Role of State Agencies in Promoting Afterschool and Year-Round Meals
Expanding access and facilitating collaboration are not traditional State Agency priorities, yet they are crucial to the success of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. This session will equip State Agencies with ideas and tools to increase participation and ease the transition to the Summer Food Service Program.
 
Child Nutrition Program Strategies in Select Florida Food Banks
Through the use of case studies, this session will highlight three Florida-based food banks' Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child Care Feeding Program (CCFP) strategies that target underserved and rural communities. The case studies reveal the benefits, challenges, and successes of community-tailored programming and increase meals to children throughout the year.
 
Successful Vendor Management for Afterschool At-Risk (ASAR) Meal Programs
Join this session for a collaborative discussion on vendor management - with the goal for participants to increase site participation and reach, as well as assist with navigating the bid process.
 
Expanding Your Reach in Your Communities through At-risk Afterschool Meals and the Summer Food Service Program
Learn how to expand your CACFP at-risk afterschool meals program and utilize the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to serve meals to children in your community year-round. This presentation will serve as an overview of SFSP and the streamlining policies between the two programs. The presentation will also highlight USDA tools available to assist in expanding the two programs.
 
Win-Win Partnerships: School Nutrition and Out of School Time Programs- Working Together for Maximum Success
Out of school time programs have an exceptional opportunity to improve the health and wellness of youth through good nutrition and physical activity. Working together, school nutrition programs and out-of-school time programs can leverage assets and resources to create a seamless environment. This interactive workshop will explore strategies you can begin to implement immediately.

Centers * Headstart
 
Healthy Way to Grow-Improving Nutrition in Early Care and Education
This session will highlight the current evidence on early childhood nutrition and how early care and education programs are strengthened in their health and obesity prevention practices through the creation and implementation of center wellness policies. Presenters will share evaluation results with lessons learned from the first two years along with strategies, tools and resources provided to programs across the country in six communities that continue to facilitate healthy habits.
 
Overcoming Challenges as a CACFP Provider: A Center Director's Perspective
This session will highlight stories from two child care centers' success in improving their program practices through CACFP. A panel discussion with center directors and trainers will focus on strategies used to improve program practices related to meal and snack menus, nutrition education, reduced screen time, and increased physical activity.
 
Perfecting Partnerships: Working with Vendors and Sponsors for Success
In this workshop, we will discuss how to maximize food quality and food access for youth through working with partners including vendors and sponsors, how to advocate for high-quality products and innovative service, and how to increase reimbursable meals served.
 
Family Style Dining: How to Maximize Your Children's Meal Experience
At Acelero we incorporate science, language, literacy and math during our meal time. This training will offer fun easy ideas on how you can make meal time a learning environment. This training will also demonstrate how to teach children about proper portion size for their age and need. We will also discuss the core principals of family style dining and the CACFP requirements.
 
Implementation of the USDA Guidelines into Head Start Family Style Dining
At Acelero Learning Head Start Clark County, we have been following the IOM recommendations for three years now. This includes proteins at breakfast, a wide variety of fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables and the limiting of grains at snack to incorporate the recommendation that each component is used only twice. We have limited processed foods and added more fresh cooked and scratch items using the USDA approved recipes. We take a proactive approach to menu writing, by the collaboration of the Food Service Director and Nutrition Coordinator, utilizing the expertise of both content areas. The feedback from children, families and staff has been amazing. We are very proud of how far we have come in our menu planning and we enjoy providing great healthy meals to the children.
 
Smart from the Start: Engaging Head Start Children and Parents in Healthy Habits
Gaining traction for wellness education in a Head Start program is a challenge! From funding, to parent outreach to teacher training, there are many obstacles in the way of giving the best start to children to lead active, healthy lifestyles. The workshop will introduce free Smart from the Start curriculum - aligned to national education nutrition and health education guidelines and standards including CACFP and Head Start - and supporting resources. Learn best practices for preparing and motivating teachers, how to engage parents and how community members can support your "all hands on deck" training approach. The program is backed by Discovery Education's curriculum development experts and Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation's partners, including NHSA and Penn State Better Kid Care.
 
Sponsoring Centers: A How-To Guide for Home Sponsors
Do you or have you ever considered sponsoring child care centers? This workshop is a place for sharing ideas, strategies, and integrity issues of being a sponsor of unaffiliated sites. We will discuss the challenges of center sponsorship, how to work with your state agency, staff development, center training needs, maintaining accurate records, and budgeting.

Finance
 
CACFP Administrative Budgets and Procurement
This presentation will focus on budgets, the FNS 796-2 Instruction, and purchasing (procurement requirements) to determine the allowability of costs proposed for a CACFP budget. Examples of proposed costs will be presented to identify how to determine if a cost would be allowable.

Best Practice Procurement: Compliance with CACFP
Procurement and contract compliance seems to be the challenge of the last few years.  As the federal requirements change, and the state administrators redefine their oversight roles, it is important for proactive communication with recipients in order to ensure compliance with federal program stipulations.  This lecture will introduce the basics of public sector procurement compliance and wrap it into the CACFP for an all-around best practice lesson that all recipients can then take back to their respective offices for cooperative advancement.  The objective of the program isn’t to find fault and demand refunding activities after the fact, but rather to get the grant aid out in a proactively compliant manner up front.  An understanding of what is required so that all procurement activities are in fact compliant is vital to a successful program for all sponsors, administrators and recipients.
 
Impact of the OMB Super-Circular on CACFP
Learn how CACFP partners can develop basic knowledge of how to use the OMB Super-Circular as a replacement for multiple program regulations and publications that have been removed by the OMB.
 
Investigating Fraud, Waste & Abuse in Federally Funded Programs: Red Flags in the CACFP & SFSP
This session will provide sponsoring organization and program monitors with strategies to identify red flags in the CACFP & SFSP. Participants will also obtain best practices for minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse in federally funded programs.
 
Keys to Successful Financial Management of CACFP & SFSP
You're already working the food program and are ready to expand to summer feeding. Hear about best practices to ensure proper internal controls for successful financial management and mitigate high risk program areas.
 
Show YOU the Money! Fundraising 101
As 501c3 organizations, non-profits are always looking to increase their budget through fundraising. Join our experienced panelists to discuss strategies for making a presence in your community while raising funds for your organization and explore grant opportunities.
 
Super Circular Updates: The New Hot Topic (2 Hours)
Effective October 1, 2015, financial management tools have changed! Learn how these changes impact your facilitation of federal programs. This is a must attend for any financial decision makers.

Management
 
A Case Study in Assessing Readiness for Meal Pattern Changes and Implementing Best Practices
Based on the results of a case study completed on Nebraskan sponsor feeding practices, perceived barriers and benefits, and readiness to adopt the proposed CACFP meal pattern changes and best practices, participants will learn simple training ideas and strategies to address barriers while emphasizing perceived benefits of implementing changes. 
 
A Word to the Wise: The Keys to Hiring & Promoting the Right Staff
Are you hiring new staff? Are you new to CACFP? Are you trying to set a standard for yourself or your staff in your child care setting? If so, come learn what the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) has identified as desired skills and abilities for all individuals working in CACFP. This session will provide information on a new tool created by ICN to aid in developing job descriptions, conducting performance evaluations, identifying training needs, and conducting self-evaluations for skill-level improvement.
 
Achieving Work/Life Balance
Much is said about having work/life balance, but what exactly does that phrase mean? What are the benefits of it? And how can you achieve it for yourself? Find out here! 
 
Balancing Integrity with Program Access
Family Day Care Home (FDCH) provider participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is decreasing while participation in child and adult care centers and the At-Risk Afterschool Care programs are increasing. Concurrently, greater emphasis is being placed on program integrity in the CACFP. This panel discussion will identify participation and program integrity challenges, as well as provide a discussion of strategies and best practices for expanding access to, and participation in, the CACFP, particularly among FDCH providers.
 
Building Partnerships
This session will provide sponsoring organizations and program monitors with ideas on how to form collaborative partnerships with local universities, like internships, volunteer opportunities and avenues to educate future policymakers. Come hear how the partnership of Fairfax County Office for Children and George Mason University helped promote CACFP, healthy eating, physical activity, and preventing childhood obesity in Fairfax County at no cost.
 
Best Practices in Processing Providers Claims: Providing Support and Ensuring Maximum Compensation
Processing claims is not just about making sure providers are reimbursed, but ensuring they are claiming correctly and being compensated appropriately. Our best practices for processing claims is an opportunity to provide support and build relationships with providers who are serving children nutritious meals. In this workshop we will focus on making sure providers are being properly reimbursed. 
 
Leadership for a Change
Organizations cannot do the same things over and over and expect a different result. Change can cause growth. Leaders need to initiate change by defining the vision and values. In the midst of change, leaders need time to reflect.
 
Strategies for Increasing Home-based Providers Enrollment in the CACFP
Home-based providers are underrepresented in CACFP. New outreach strategies are needed. We will discuss how home based providers learn about and decide to participate in CACFP. Workshop attendees will learn from each other by sharing their successful strategies and developing new approaches.
 
The Web-based National Disqualified List (NDL)
In October of 2014, the National Disqualified List became an interactive web-based system. State Agencies are now responsible for entering disqualified entities into the system, as well as making updates and corrections for the Regional FNS offices to approve. Sponsoring Organizations are responsible for checking the list to ensure that none of their providers or institutions are on the NDL. The list can also be used to run trends analyses and upload information into excel spread sheets.

Tribal Nations & The CACFP
Have you encountered barriers to participation on the CACFP? Come and learn how USDA – Food Nutrition Services can help. Interested in serving traditional foods? Find out how to integrate these foods into the CACFP. Have you created a successful food program? Please come share your successes with us!

Monitors
 
5 Whys: A Simple Process to Get to the Root of Any Problem
Have you ever trained a site director on the importance of meal counts just to return a month later and find they are still having the same problems? In this interactive workshop, participants will practice some simple but very effective problem-solving tools for getting at the root cause analysis. Never teach the wrong (and ineffective) solutions again!
 
Avoid the Worst: Put Your Health & Safety First
From the moment you leave your home until your day is complete, learn best practices for your personal health and safety while in the field. The panel will discuss vehicle ergonomics, healthy choices for on-the-go, and tips for keeping yourself safe while in the field.
 
Effective Monitoring
This workshop will introduce you to techniques used to assist and resolve issues that may arise when conducting home reviews. Topics will include the top three most challenging occurrences you may experience while conducting home reviews.
 
Inspiring the Child Care Provider: Ways We Can Go Above & Beyond the CACFP
This session will highlight ideas on how a field representative can teach providers new ways to support children and families with healthy eating ideas through nutritional based curriculum. It will bring the ideas from paper into the child care facility and inspire child care providers with creative ways to teach children about nutrition and best practices and encourage good eating through nutrition and fitness.

Nutrition
 
3 Fun Ways to Get Kids to Try New Foods: Prescription for Picky Eaters
Learn about three fun ways to get kids to try new foods- hide it, smell them, and let them cook with it. This session features food photos, food demos, and audience participation plus my story on getting children to try more whole grains, beans, fruits, and veggies. Hear how my child went from eating only peanut butter to developing a peanut butter allergy to cooking everything from scratch in college.
 
Bridging the Gap: Getting Parents on the Same Page
Center staff and home providers strive every day to provide nutritious meals and maintain a healthy active environment for children in their care, but how can we get families to live well and share the same message at home too? This session will provide you with the resources to engage parents and encourage families to live a healthy active lifestyle.
 
Children's Picky Eating and the Role of Family/Care Environments
Picky eating is a normal developmental phase. While some children never exhibit picky eating behaviors, others get stuck in this behavior. Learning about children's food preferences and environmental factors to support children who struggle with picky eating may help them through this phase and promote more varied, healthy food experiences.
 
Creditable Foods for Infants
This workshop highlights the CACFP Proposed Meal Pattern Revisions for Infants and applies the latest policy memos and resources for identifying creditable foods that meet the Infant Meal Pattern. Participants will learn how foods are credited and how changes may be implemented in order to meet the new requirements and will be able to identify creditable foods for infants and place them in the correct component for which they are creditable.
   
Culture & The Eating Environment
This interactive workshop will include a discussion on how culture influences eating habits and will explore practical and fun techniques for incorporating and celebrating culture in the eating environment for children.
 
Dietary Guidelines For Americans: Everyone has a Role
This session explores how the Dietary Guidelines for Americans influence the work that many conference attendees do on a day-to-day basis. We will discuss the significance of science-based guidance at the heart of their efforts and speakers will share unique ways they brought evidence-based nutrition information and MyPlate to life to positively impact lives of millions of Americans.

Food for Thought 
Good nutrition is one of the best ways to support healthy brain development for children in child care. Through this workshop, you will learn the importance of dietary fat in brain development, how good nutrition can maximize brain function and how foods high in fat and sugar can influence the brain’s reward center. Techniques and strategies to encourage positive eating habits that promote brain development and overall healthy nutrition will also be discussed.
 
From Appetites to Zucchini: Taking Small Steps Toward Creating a More Nutrition-Focused Food Program
The early childhood world has shifted focus to more nutrition-centered food programs. Deciding where to start can seem overwhelming, but look no further! Taking small steps are key to a lasting impact by making easy, affordable changes. Participants will receive menus, recipes and sample policies to use at their centers.
 
Healthy Habits Take Root Early: Farm to Preschool
Incorporating local food and agricultural education into the Child and Adult Care Food Program can play an important role in creating and promoting a healthy environment. Hear from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and partners about farm to preschool resources, best practices and related policy.

Healthy Habits The Sesame Way
For over a decade, Sesame Street has used the power of Muppets and media to develop resources for providers and families that help nurture young children’s health and well-being. Join Sesame Street to explore these free resources and the lesson learned along the way to most effectively impact young children’s nutritional habits and help them thrive in all areas of their development.

Growing Healthy Children: Supporting Healthy Child Care Environments with USDA's Team Nutrition Resources
This session will highlight key recommendations from the newly-released Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 and how they can be applied in the child care setting. Presenters will showcase free child care resources and trainings available from Team Nutrition and other sources which support CACFP meal patterns, opportunities for physical activity and active play, and limited electronic media use.
 
Healthier CACFP Recognition Award in Texas
The Healthier CACFP Recognition Award is a system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers participating in CACFP. It acknowledges child care centers taking steps to improve their menus, physical activity, nutrition education and the child care environment. Attend this session and learn how Texas is initiating this recognition award.
 
MyPlate Partner Education Panel
This workshop will feature a panel of experts who all are National Strategic Partners with MyPlate. Learn about the variety of resources available to the child nutrition community from these partners as well as best practices which have been developed.
 
Take Root in Your Town! Using Garden Experiences with Children to Promote Better Food Choices
With childhood obesity and obesity related illnesses reaching all-time highs, finding creative ways to promote healthy lifestyles has become a challenge for child nutrition advocates. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and bring a basic garden experience to young children and influence their palates at a very young age to crave healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables. We will show you how to take these ideas from the classroom to the outdoors and involve the children in the whole gardening experience from seed to plate.
 
The Case for Homemade & Simple Healthy Snacks Demonstration
Made-from-scratch food is tastier, fresher and better for you. Yet administrators and teachers are often pressed for time, and making a fresh snack may often seem daunting given the lack of resources at a typical school program. This 60 minute workshop will explore the many benefits of implementing a fresh snack program at a school or center and go over three easy recipes that can be prepared in under 5 minutes in any space.
 
50,000 Providers Can't Be Wrong: Nutrition, Training, and Record-Keeping Made Easy
Would you like to find nutrition information, table crafts, physical activities, training modules, parent provider connection letters and record keeping all in one place? Over 50,000 providers do with the National CACFP Sponsors Association Nutrition Calendar & Record Keeping System! Learn how to translate these materials into crediting hours for your providers and experience first-hand how easy it is to make the featured recipes.
 
Three Ways to Prepare for the New CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements for Children
This workshop defines what it means to offer grains that are whole grain, whole grain-rich and creditable cereals, what it means to use a meat/meat alternate at breakfast to meet half of the Grain/Bread requirement, and offers suggestions for replacing grain-based desserts.

Policy
 
Civil Rights Training: Requirements 101
This is an overview of the Civil Rights requirements for CACFP state agencies and sponsors. This training will provide information on the Civil Rights obligations of State Agencies, the contractual requirements for CACFP sponsors, and provide resources to assist State agencies and sponsors with administering CACFP in accordance with Civil Rights requirements.
 
Civil Rights: Title VI - Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
This training reiterates longstanding Title VI and regulatory principles and clarifies USDA's position that, in order to avoid discrimination against LEP persons on the ground of national origin, recipients must take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to USDA programs for LEP persons, free of charge.  The training provides a framework to assist recipients develop and implement key components of a language access plan to fulfill their legal responsibilities when serving LEP persons.  Topics include identifying LEP communities; assessing resources and language assistance needs; providing competent, qualified language assistance services; training staff; providing effective notice of free language services; ensuring meaningful access to online, automated services; working with community partners and outreach; monitoring, and more.

Civil Rights Training: Reasonable Accommodations and Food Allergies
This session will cover the requirements for providing reasonable accommodations to program participants who have disabilities, with a particular emphasis to individuals with food allergies.
 
Happier, Healthier Kids: Will Changes to CACFP Meal Patterns Make an Impact?
Curious about how the USDA's changes to CACFP meal patterns will impact children and your ECE providers? This session will highlight new research conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We'll examine findings related to costs, participation, and health and identify ways to improve implementation.

*New CACFP Meal Patterns and Implementation Plan
Hear directly from USDA about the brand new CACFP meal patterns that were recently published. USDA will describe what is required in the new meal patterns final rule, how the new meal patterns are different from the current and the proposed meal patterns, and what technical assistance USDA is developing to ensure successful implementation of the new meal patterns. 

Policy Matters: Tools for Taking Action
Do you want to take action and make a positive difference at the advocacy level but don't know where to begin? Come to this workshop and learn how to use research tools and find the information you need. Have ideas already? Learn how to take those ideas to your state and national representatives as well as the media. Join us as we learn how to harness policy for change at all levels in the information age.
 
Policy Update: USDA FNS
If you are responsible for keeping up with USDA policy and regulations, this workshop is for you. USDA will take attendees through an overview of new and revised policy guidance, handbooks and share a state of the state update of USDA FNS programs.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015: Why It Really Matters
Learn more about the CACFP & SFSP bills presented to Congress that directly impact child nutrition food programs. Get the 411 on Senator Bob Casey's bill S.1833: Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act and H.R. 3886 Representatives' Bonamici and Stefanik bill Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act. Learn more about how these bills will impact your food program organization.
 
Summary of Report to Congress: Reducing Paperwork in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
This session provides a summary of the recommendations to Congress for reducing unnecessary or duplicative paperwork for States, sponsoring organizations, and centers. The report submitted on behalf of the CACFP Paperwork Reduction Work Group (comprised of State, local, and Federal representatives), includes recommendations that meet CACFP requirements and will make the program more efficient while maintaining Program integrity.
 
Taking the Mystery Out of the Serious Deficiency Process
The CACFP Serious Deficiency process established to maintain program integrity by ensuring compliance with regulations, instructions and guidance. In this workshop, attendees will learn what is a SD; the steps in the process; acceptable corrective actions; appeal procedures; and steps to termination and disqualification. This will be an interactive session with a question and answer period.

Technology
 
B.Y.O.D. = Bring Your Own Device! Walk Away with a MyPlate Challenge Interactive Tool
Gamification and friendly competition are the focus of this interactive session where participants collaborate and encourage one another using the MyPlate Challenge online tool (launching January 2016). Participants design digital learning experiences and assessments that meet specific needs of students. Achievement badges can be earned and shared on Team Leader Board.
 
eLearning Boot Camp for Administrative Reviews
Save time and relieve stress by ensuring institutions are prepared for an administrative review. Walk through the process using the eLearning Boot Camp. Following USDA's Administrative Handbook, this session will help institutions organize records and prepare for a smoother administrative review.
 
Move Your CACFP Required & Nutrition Training Online
Would you like to expand your area? Are you having difficulty meeting the needs of your providers for training in a cost effective manner? Have you been considering online classes for the participants of your CACFP sponsorship? At Child Care Resources in Missoula, Montana, we tried it out in FY15 and are now committed. Come learn how we moved our training online and still offer informative, interactive, and worthwhile information without all the miles!

Train the Trainer
 
Create Program Success Through Provider Trainings (2 Hours)
In this workshop participants explore how provider training can be developed to address provider needs in addition to unforgettable fun ways to deliver program specific information. Participants will learn how to create theme based training where providers can identify areas where change is needed.
 
Grab and Go Lessons for Promoting Whole Grains in Child Care
In this interactive session you will receive four short Grab and Go lessons that can be used to improve the knowledge and skills of child care providers to serve more whole grains. During the session, you will participate in activities from the lessons and gain helpful tips for implementing the lessons.
 
It's Not Nutrition Until It's Served and Eaten (2 Hours)
Motivation to serve healthier meals often begins and ends during nutrition workshops. Learn how to help child care providers move beyond good intentions to reach their goals of serving healthier meals. This interactive workshop will explore tools and strategies that can be used during CACFP monitoring and training to help providers move from nutrition insight to action.
 
Let's Move Child Care & Penn State Better Kid Care: Free Resources and Trainings
Learn more about Let's Move Child Care-an online obesity prevention intervention for early child care and education providers in both centers and homes- and how they partner with Penn State Better Kid Care to provide free resources, activities, and online trainings. Also learn how to access Penn State Better Kid Care printed materials, reflection activities, videos, and On Demand online modules as well as strategies for adding renewed energy to your trainings.
 
Movin' in the CACFP! Increasing Physical Activity in Your Child Care Programs
At Child Care Resources in Missoula, MT, we collaborated with Let's Move Missoula and offered movement games and resources to our CACFP participants. We will provide you with the idea, outline, and construct for these activities along with our experiences so you can take it back and make it your own.

Extended Workshops
 
Addressing Childhood Obesity With Family Style Meals
Participants will develop strategies to prevent childhood obesity through mealtime interactions with children. Attendees will learn how to identify performance standards and CACFP guidelines as it relates to family style meal service and the components of family style meal service. Discuss adult and children's roles in family style meal service, mealtime interaction, hunger cues, and feeding practices. Learn how to develop a child wellness program and identify healthy eating behaviors.

Food Safety and Sanitation
The BAD news: Our participants are most at risk for foodborne illness. The GOOD news: You have plenty of opportunities to prevent them when you utilize the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system. Join us to learn why food safety is important and get guidance on how staff can ensure the preparation and service of safe foods.

Pass the Broccoli, Please:A Deep­Dive Into Helping Kids Grow Healthy Relationships With Food
In this hands­-on workshop we will explore how to create a healthy food landscape in a home, school, or office. We'll demonstrate ways to bring food into the learning space, to both demystify veggies and make them fun. Included in the workshop will be tangible idea implementation including mealtime rituals, gardening workshops, kid­-friendly composting and cooking with any age group.

Make Your Trainings Magical
Have you ever sat through a training session and been completely restless or have you ever given a presentation while looking out at unengaged audience? If so, come learn how to make your presentations more interesting and get your audience more engaged.

Child Nutrition Training
The goal and purpose of this training is to educate the participant on why the USDA/CACFP guidelines and meal patterns are set up as they are. Upon completion of the training the participant will understand and retain the basic needs both nutritionally and calorically of a child in the infant through 12-year old age category. The participant will also understand how to measure food, how to read a nutritional label, what a CN label is and the importance of whole grain and milk from a forensic description. The importance of the fruit and vegetable food group is discussed in detail. Activity suggestions on how to get children to try new things will be demonstrated.

I am Moving, I am Learning:Purposeful Physical Activity for All
Come learn how to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity as well as improve the quality of movement with preschool aged children. I am Moving, I am Learning is an approach to address childhood obesity by use of purposeful physical activity that increases learning opportunities throughout the day. This workshop will require participants to move and shake!

KidKare: Online Claiming for Providers
Learn how to access the new online claiming website for providers. KidKare is accessible from most devices, including smart phones, tablets, desktop computers, and yes, that includes Macs. Bring your smart phone, tablet, or laptop that connects to the internet for a hands-on training experience on the new KidKare website. We'll enroll children, record meals, record in/out times, submit claims, and more. The KidKare program is replacing all KIDS and WebKids products. We will also cover the changes that will affect Minute Menu HX, how to support providers on KidKare, implementing the changes to your current processes, training providers, and developing your rollout plan.

Implementing the Dietary Guidelines: Research & Recommendations
Building healthy habits for children that last a lifetime is a pillar in the imperative to curb the obesity epidemic and trends for chronic illnesses. Learn from a panel of industry experts about their research based on the Dietary Guidelines, which form the basis for the CACFP standards, and their recommendations for children's healthy eating patterns.

CACFP NPA USDA Training
This extended workshop is for state agency and regional office staff only and is presented by the USDA.

 
 

Workshop Proposals 

Over 120 hours of workshop proposals have been submitted for the National CACFP Conference in Orlando, Florida to be held April 21-23, 2016. We'd like to thank everyone who submitted a workshop for consideration. 
 

Presenter Information

  • Workshops will be offered on Thursday, April 21, Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, 2016
  • Workshops will be 60-minutes in length and Train the Trainer sessions will be two-hours across two workshop periods.
  • Standard A/V support will include microphone, screen, cart, power cords, and LCD projectors. Presenters must bring their own laptops and ANY adapters needed to connect to a standard LCD projector.
  • No sales or promotion of sales materials will be allowed during workshop presentations.
  • All presenters are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel and travel expenses.
  • All presenters wishing to attend conference sessions and networking opportunities will need to register for the conference at registration fees in effect at time of registration.
  • All presenters should provide an adequate number of handouts based on the attendee workshop survey results.
  • All presenters must agree to provide an electronic copy of their presentation and handouts in PDF format for publishing on our website.

Attendee Feedback

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

Best Practices for Sponsoring Summer and Afterschool Programs

Carolyn Wait, Share Our Strength

Clarissa Hayes, FRAC

Kara Panowitz, No Kid Hungry Maryland

Get the information and tools needed to start, grow, and improve sponsorship of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program and Summer Food Service Program. Share Our Strength’s research, resources, and partnerships will help attendees to implement best practices and find success.

Child Nutrition Program Strategies in Select Florida Food Banks

Caroline Cahill, MPH, Child Hunger Corps Member, Feeding America

Karen Broussard, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Krista Garofalo, Treasure Coast Food Bank

Through the use of case studies, this session will highlight three Florida-based food bank's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child Care Feeding Program (CCFP) strategies that target underserved and rural communities. The case studies reveal the benefits, challenges, and successes of community-tailored programming and increase meals to children throughout the year.

Expanding Your Reach in Your Communities through At-risk Afterschool Meals and the Summer Food Service Program

Tamieka Muns, USDA FNS

Learn how to expand your CACFP at-risk afterschool meals program and utilize the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to serve meals to children in your community year-round. This presentation will serve as an overview of SFSP and the streamlining policies between the two programs. The presentation will also highlight USDA tools available to assist in expanding the two programs.

 

 

 

Successful Vendor Management for Afterschool

At-Risk (ASAR) Meal Programs

Shannon Amos, Children's Hunger Alliance

Melissa Moore, Family League of Baltimore

Kristen Wiley, DirectorRevolution Foods

Join this session for a collaborative discussion on vendor management – with the goal for participants to increase site participation and reach, as well as assist with navigating the bid process.

The Role of State Agencies in Promoting Afterschool and Year-Round Meals

Carolyn Wait, Share Our Strength

Clarissa Hayes, FRAC

Kara Panowitz, No Kid Hungry Maryland

Expanding access and facilitating collaboration are not traditional State Agency priorities, yet they are crucial to the success of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. This session will equip State Agencies with ideas and tools to increase participation and ease the transition to the Summer Food Service Program.

Win-Win Partnerships: School Nutrition and Out of School Time Programs- Working to Together for Maximum Success

Michelle Owens, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Stephanie Joyce, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Out of school time programs have an exceptional opportunity to improve the health and wellness of youth through good nutrition and physical activity.  Working together, school nutrition programs and out-of-school time programs can leverage assets and resources to create a seamless environment.    This interactive workshop will explore strategies you can begin to implement immediately.

 

 

Centers / Headstart

 

Healthy Way to Grow - Improving Nutrition in Early Care and Education

Jennifer Weber, American Heart Association

Stephanie Romney, RD, CDN, American Heart Association

Tris Barber, MA, Technical Trainer, Healthy Way to GrowNemours National Office of Policy & Prevention

This session will highlight the current evidence on early childhood nutrition and how early care and education programs are strengthened in their health and obesity prevention practices through the creation and implementation of center wellness policies; Presenters will share evaluation results with lessons learned from the first two years along with strategies, tools and resources provided to programs across the country in six communities that continue to facilitate healthy habits.

Overcoming Challenges as a CACFP Provider: A Center Director's Perspective

Melodie Griffin, Nemours

Brenda Miller, Nemours

This session will highlight stories from two child care centers success in improving their program practices through CACFP.  A panel discussion with center directors and trainers will focus on strategies used to improve program practices related to meal and snack menus, nutrition education, reduced screen time, and increased physical activity.

Perfecting Partnerships: Working with Vendors and Sponsors for Success

Sara Cole, YMCA of Greater Rochester

Cathy Foran, YMCA of Greater Rochester

In this workshop, we will discuss how to maximize food quality and food access for youth through working with partners including vendors and sponsors, how to advocate for high-quality products and innovative service, and how to increase reimbursable meals served.  This workshop will be useful for all providers interested in serving the best quality food possible to the most people in their community.

Sponsoring Centers: A How-To Guide for Home Sponsors

 

Sponsoring Centers: Marketing 101

When you reach out to an independent center to share the benefits of the food program and relationship with a sponsoring agency, do you get asked why? How come? What’s in it for me? Learn how to market your organization, demonstrate ROI, and capitalize on the existing materials and intellectual capital your organization.  

Family Style Dining: How to Maximize Your Children's Meal Experience

Rhonda Kobylecky, Acelero Learning Clark County Head Start

At Acelero we incorporate science, language, literacy and math during our meal time.   This training will offer fun easy ideas on how you can make meal time a learning environment.  This training will also demonstrate how to teach children about proper portion size for their age and need.  We will also discuss the core principals of family style dining and the CACFP requirements.

Implementation of the USDA Guidelines into Head Start Family Style Dining

Rhonda Kobylecky, Acelero Learning Clark County Head Start

Kristina Bedikian, Acelero Learning Clark County

At Acelero Learning Head Start Clark County, we have been following the IOM recommendations for three years now.  This includes proteins at breakfast, a wide variety of fresh/frozen fruits and vegetable and the limiting of grains at snack to incorporate the recommendation that each component is used only twice.  We have limited processed foods and added more fresh cooked and scratch items using the USDA approved recipes.   We take a proactive approach to menu writing, by the collaboration of the Food Service Director and Nutrition Coordinator, utilizing the expertise of both content areas. The feedback from children, families and staff has been amazing. We are very proud of how far we have come in our menu planning and we enjoy providing great healthy meals to the children.

Smart from the Start: Engaging Head Start Children and Parents in Healthy Habits

Susan Ralston, Sr. Advisor

Val Newcomb, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

Gaining traction for wellness education in a Head Start program is a challenge! From funding, to parent outreach to teacher training, there are many obstacles in the way of giving the best start to children to lead active, healthy lifestyles. The workshop will introduce free Smart from the Start curriculum--aligned to national education  nutrition and health education guidelines and standards including CACFP and Head Start--and supporting resources. Learn best practices for preparing and motivating teachers, how to engage parents and how community members can support your "all hands on deck" training approach. The program is backed by Discovery Education's curriculum development experts and Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation's partners, including NHSA and Penn State Better Kid Care.

 

 

Finance

 

CACFP Administrative Budgets and Procurement

Susan Weeks, USDA FNS

This presentation will focus on budgets, the FNS 796-2 Instruction, and purchasing (procurement requirements) to determine the allowability of costs proposed for a CACFP budget.  Examples of proposed costs will be presented to identify how to determine if a cost would be allowable.

Impact of the OMB Super-Circular on CACFP

Maged Hanafi, Lead Program Specialist, Special Nutrition Programs, MWRO, FNS

Learn how CACFP partners can develop basic knowledge of how to use the OMB Super-Circular as a replacement for multiple program regulations and publications that have been removed by the OMB.

Investigating Fraud Waste & Abuse in Federally Funded Programs: Red Flags in the CACFP & SFSP

Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles

This session will provide sponsoring organization and program monitors with strategies to identify red flags in the CACFP & SFSP. Participants will also obtain best practices for minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse in federally funded programs.

Keys to Successful Financial Management of CACFP & SFSP

Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles

You're already working the food program and are ready to expand to summer feeding. Hear about best practices to ensure proper internal controls for successful financial management and mitigate high risk program areas.

Show YOU the Money! Fundraising 101

Alexia Thex, NCA

Susan Ison, Helping Hands

Kati Wagner, WildwoodCACFP

As 501c3 organizations, non-profits are always looking to increase their budget through fundraising. Join our experienced panelists to discuss strategies for making a presence in your community while raising funds for your organization and explore grant opportunities.

Super Circular Updates: The New Hot Topic

Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles

Effective DATE HERE, financial management tools have changed! Learn how these changes impact your facilitation of federal programs. This is a must attend for any financial decision makers.

 

Management

 

A Case Study in Assessing Readiness for Meal Pattern Changes and Implementing Best Practices

Kayte Partch, Nebraska Department of Education

Based on the results of a case study completed on Nebraskan sponsor feeding practices, perceived barriers and benefits, and readiness to adopt the proposed CACFP meal pattern changes and best practices, participants will learn simple training ideas and strategies to address barriers while emphasizing perceived benefits of implementing changes.

Achieving Program Excellence: Using SWOT Analysis with Sponsors and State Agencies

Melinda Wooten & Conchetta Yonaitis, M.Ed.

Virginia Department of Health

Learn ways to effectively evaluate the CACFP and the SFSP in your state by conducting SWOT analyses of Child Nutrition Programs. Virginia Department of Health staff will demonstrate how to identify programmatic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats by engaging sponsors in a meaningful workshop discussion.

Achieving Work/Life Balance

Donna Duwell, Association for Child Development

Much is said about having work/life balance, but what exactly does that phrase mean?  What are the benefits of it? And how can you achieve it for yourself?

Balancing Integrity with Program Access

John Kirwan, WRO FNS

Family Day Care Home (FDCH) provider participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is decreasing while participation in child and adult care centers and the At-Risk Afterschool Care programs are increasing.  Concurrently, greater emphasis is being placed on program integrity in the CACFP.  This panel discussion  will identify participation and program integrity challenges, as well as a provide a discussion of strategies and best practices for expanding access to, and participation in, the CACFP, particularly among FDCH providers.

Best Practices in Processing Providers Claims: Providing Support and  Ensuring Maximum Compensation

DeAnna Certain, Audria Perkins and Berenice Aguilar

Association for Child Development

Processing claims is not just about making sure providers are reimbursed, but ensuring they are claiming correctly and being compensated appropriately. Our best practices for processing claims is an opportunity to provide support and build relationships with providers who are serving children nutritious meals. In this workshop we will focus on making sure providers are being properly reimbursed. 

Building Partnership

Kamini Jassal, Fairfax County OFC/Community Education and Provider Service

This session will provide sponsoring organization and program monitors with ideas on how to form collaborative partnerships with local universities, like internships, volunteer opportunities and avenues to educate future policymakers. Come hear how the partnership of Fairfax County Office for Children and George Mason University helped promote CACFP, healthy eating, physical activity , and preventing childhood obesity in Fairfax County at no cost.

Leadership for a Change

Suzanne Zanella, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Debra Ghia, Lehigh Valley Childrens Center

Organizations cannot do the same things over and over and except a different result.  Change can cause growth.  Leaders need to initiate change by defining the vision and values.  In the midst of change, leaders need time to reflect.

Strategies for Increasing Home-based Providers Enrollment in the CACFP

Anneliese Feld, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Katherine E. Speirs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Home-based providers are underrepresented in CACFP.  New outreach strategies are needed.  We will discuss how home based providers learn about and decide to participate in CACFP.  Workshop attendees will learn from each other by sharing their successful strategies and developing new approaches.

Stretching Your Resources-Collaboration with National Organizations

Karalee Harper, Heartland Child Nutrition

Collaboration, Partnerships, Working Together---how to move forward when resources are tight.  North Dakota has a unique partnership with the American Heart Association to provide resources to the family child care providers in our state.

The Web-based National Disqualified List (NDL)

Suzanne Diggs, Food and Nutrition Services/USDA

In October of 2014, the National Disqualified List became a interactive web-based system. State Agencies are now responsible for entering disqualified entities into the system, as well as making updates and corrections for the Regional FNS offices to approve. Sponsoring Organizations are responsible for checking the list to ensure the none of their providers or institutions are on the NDL. The list can also be used to run trends analyses and upload information into excel spread sheets.

 

Monitors

 

 

5 Whys: A Simple Process to Get to the Root of Any Problem

Jodi Kuhn, KinderCare Education

Barbie James, KinderCare Education

Amanda Theissen, KinderCare Education

Have you ever trained a site director on the importance of meal counts just to return a month later and find they are still having the same problems? In this interactive workshop, participants will practice some simple but very  effective problem-solving tools for getting at the root cause analysis. Never train the wrong (and ineffective) solutions again!

Panel Presents: Monitor Health & Safety

Avoid the Worst, Put Safety First

Tracy Ellinger, Association For Child Development

Kymberli  Schaal, Association For Child  Development

Elvira Gamboa, Illinois Field Operations AssistantAssociation for Child Development

Denise Meyer, Association For Child  Development

Michelle Stickley, Association For Child  Development

Our workshop will consist of ways to keep monitors prepared while in the field. Topics  covered  will be car &  personal safety, we will provide  tips directed  at helping you be  more aware of your surroundings. We will also include how to best handle unexpected encounters with angry pets.

 

Effective Monitoring

Kym Schaal, Association for Child Development

Augie Navarro, Association for Child Development

This Workshop will introduce you to techniques used to assist and resolve issues that may arise when conducting home reviews. Topics will include the top 3 most challenging occurrences you may experience while conducting home reviews.

Inspiring the Child Care Provider...Ways we can go Above and Beyond the CACFP

Vernita L. Coleman, Our Daily Bread of TN

Sherry Warren, Our Daily Bread of TN

This session will highlight ideas on how a field representative can teach providers new ways to support children and families with healthy eating ideas through nutritional based curriculum. It will bring the ideas from paper into the childcare facility and inspire child care providers with creative ways to teach children about nutrition and best practice and encourage good eating through nutrition and fitness.

Nutrition

 

3 Fun ways to try new foods - hide it, smell herbs, let them make it - prescription for picky eaters

Judy Doherty, Food and Health Communications

3 Fun ways to try new foods - hide it, smell herbs, let them make it - prescription for picky eaters - using food photos, food demos, and audience participation - plus my story on getting a kid and all of his friends to try more whole grains, beans, fruits, and veggies - he went from eating peanut butter only to getting a peanut butter allergy to being in college and cooking everything from scratch. Never give up!

Bridging the Gap: Getting Parents on the Same Page

Gretchen Elkins, Education Service Center, Region 20

Laurie Staples, Education Service Center, Region 20

Center staff and home providers strive every day to provide nutritious meals and maintain a healthy active environment for children in their care, but how can we get families to live well and share the same message at home too?  This session will provide you with the resources to engage parents and encourage families to live a healthy active lifestyle.

Children's Picky Eating and the Role of Family/Care Environments

Maureen Lyons, Learning ZoneXpress

Picky eating is a normal developmental phase. While some children never exhibit picky eating behaviors, others get stuck in this behavior. Learning about children’s food preferences and environmental factors to support children who struggle with picky eating may help them through this phase and promote more varied, healthy food experiences.

Culture & The Eating Environment

Erica Sanford, Arizona Department of Education

This interactive workshop will include a discussion on how culture influences eating habits and will explore practical and fun techniques for incorporating and celebrating culture in the eating environment for children.

Dietary Guidelines For Americans: Everyone has a Role

Shelley Maniscalco, MS, RD, USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Colette Rihane, MS, RD, USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Session explores how Dietary Guidelines for Americans influences the work that many conference attendees do on day-to-day basis. Panelists discuss significance of science-based guidance at the heart of their efforts. Speakers will share unique ways they brought evidence-based nutrition information and MyPlate to life to positively impact lives of millions of Americans.

Feeding Babies Whole Foods: Baby Led Weaning

Jessica Coll, Jessica Coll Nutrition

Baby led weaning (BLW) is the current hot topic in infant nutrition.  It’s about offering fresh whole foods to babies right from the start.  No spoons, no mush!  Come find out why parents are skipping the mush and get tips on how to best guide parents into doing this safely.

From Appetites to Zucchini:

Taking Small Steps Toward Creating a More Nutrition Focused Food Program

Lauren Lazzetti-Moss, Thompson Child & Family Focus

The early childhood world has shifted focus to more nutrition-centered food programs. Deciding where to start can seem overwhelming, but look no further! Taking small steps are key to a lasting impact by making easy, affordable changes. Participants will receive menus, recipes and sample policies to use at their centers.

Growing Healthy Children: Supporting Healthy Child Care Environments with USDA’s Team Nutrition Resources

Mimi Wu, MS, RD, U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs

This session will discuss key recommendations from newly-released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 and how they can be applied in the child care setting. Presenters will showcase free child care resources and trainings available from Team Nutrition and other sources that support CACFP meal patterns, opportunities for physical activity and active play, and limited electronic media use.

Healthier CACFP Recognition Award in Texas

Linda Simmons, Texas Department of Agriculture

The Healthier CACFP Recognition Award is a system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers participating in CACFP. It acknowledges child care centers taking steps to improve their menus, physical activity, nutrition education and the child care environment. Attend this session and learn how Texas is initiating this recognition award.

Healthy Habits Take Root Early: Farm to Preschool

USDA Staff

Incorporating local food and agricultural education into the Child and Adult Care Food Program can play an important role in creating and promoting a healthy environment. In this session, hear from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and partners about farm to preschool resources, best practices and related policy.

MyPlate Partner Education Panel Workshop

Judy Doherty, Food and Health Communications

Avocados By Mexico

Nasco

Nestle

This workshop will feature a panel of experts who all are National Strategic Partners with MyPlate. Learn about the variety of resources available to the child nutrition community from these partners as well as best practices which have been developed.

Taking Root Tennesee

 

The Benefits of Family-Style Meal Service

Lori Muzquiz, Texas Education Service Center

The workshop highlights the benefits of family-style meal service, such as the opportunities for participants to develop social, emotional, and fine motor skills, as well as reduce the incidence of obesity and negative outcomes from choking.  Furthermore, strategies for overcoming its barriers will be presented.

The Case for Homemade & Simple Healthy Snacks Demonstration

Rhys Powell, Red Rabbit

Jackie Walters, Red Rabbit

Made-from-scratch food is tastier, fresher and better for you. Yet administrators and teachers are often pressed for time, and making a fresh snack may often seem daunting given the lack of resources at a typical school program. This 60 minute workshop will explore the many benefits of implementing a fresh snack program at a school or center and go over three easy recipes that can be prepared in under 5 minutes in any space.

Nutrition, Training, and Record-Keeping:

Why 50,000 Providers Love the NCA Calendar

Pat Siergiey, Capstone Community Action

Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Would you like to find nutrition information, table crafts, physical activities, training modules, parent provider connection letters and record keeping all in one place? Learn how to translate these materials into crediting hours for your providers and exp experience first-hand how easy it is to make (and taste) the featured recipes.

Three Ways to Prepare for the New Meal CACFP Pattern Requirements for Children

Amanda Tucker, Region 11 Education Service Center

Lori Muzquiz, Region 14 Education Service Center

This workshop defines what it means to offer grains that are whole grain, whole grain-rich and creditable cereals, what it means to use a meat/meat alternate at breakfast to meet half of the Grain/Bread requirement, and offers suggestions for replacing grain-based deserts.

 

Policy

 

Civil Rights Training: Requirements 101

Gail Hoffman, USDA Civil Rights

David Youngblood, Civil Rights FNS USDA

This overview of the Civil Rights requirements for CACFP state agencies and sponsors. This training will provide information on the Civil Rights obligations of State Agencies, the contractual requirements for CACFP sponsors, and provide resources to assist State agencies and sponsors with adminstering CACFP in accordance with Civil Rights requirements.

Civil Rights Training: Limited English Proficiency Reviews*

Gail Hoffman, USDA Civil Rights

Learn more about the Limited English Proficieny civil rights that are increasingly becoming a larger focus for state agencies.Ensure that access to our services is being made available and that you are aware of the responsibilities and resources available from the Civil Rights office.

Civil Rights Training: Reasonable Accommodations and Food Allergies

David Youngblood, Civil Rights, FNS USDA

This session will cover the requirements for providing reasonable accommodations to program participants who have disabilities, with a particular emphasis to individuals with food allergies.

Happier, Healthier Kids:  Will Changes to CACFP Meal Patterns Make an Impact?

Sallyann Bergh, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

Arianne Corbett, Leading Health, LLC

Blake Stanford, President/CEOSW Human Development Services

Curious about how the USDA’s changes to CACFP meal patterns will impact children and your ECE providers? This session will highlight new research conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  We’ll examine findings related to costs, participation, and health and identify ways to improve implementation.

*New CACFP Meal Patterns and Implementation Plan

Laura Carroll, USDA

Andrea Farmer,  USDA

Hear directly from USDA about the brand new CACFP meal patterns that were recently published. USDA will describe what is required in the new meal patterns final rule, how the new meal patterns are different from the current and the proposed meal patterns, and what technical assistance USDA is developing to ensure successful implementation of the new meal patterns.

Policy Matters: Why Understanding and Taking Action Are Not Negotiable

Advocacy

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015: Why It Really Matters

Geri Henchy, Food Research Action Center

Vicki Lipscomb, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Learn more about the CACFP & SFSP bills presented to Congress that directly impact child nutrition food programs. Get the 411 on Senator Bob Casey’s bill S1833: Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act and Representatives’ Bonamici and Stefanik bill HR Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act. Learn more about how these bills will impact your food program organization.

Summary of Report to Congress: Reducing Paperwork in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Vicki Lipscomb, Child Nutrition Programs

Rosie Daugherty, USDA

Natalie Clark, Minute Menu

This session provides a summary of the recommendations to Congress for reducing unnecessary or duplicative paperwork for States, sponsoring organizations, and centers.  The report submitted on behalf of the CACFP Paperwork Reduction Work Group (comprised of State, local, and Federal representatives), included recommendations that meet CACFP requirements and will make the program more efficient while maintaining Program integrity.

Taking the Mystery Out of the SD Process

Barbara J. Smith, USDA-FNS-CNP-Program Monitoring Section

The CACFP serious deficiency process established to maintain Program integrity by ensuring compliance with regulations, instructions and guidance. In this workshop, attendees will learn what is a SD; the steps in the process; acceptable corrective actions; appeal procedures; and steps to termination and disqualification.  This will be an interactive session with a question and answer period.

USDA Policy Update

CN Policy & Program Development Director (or) Community Meals Branch Chief

Overview of new and revised policy guidance and handbooks and update

 

Technology

B.Y.O.D. = Bring Your Own Device! Walk Away with a MyPlate Challenge Interactive Tool

Angela Leone, MS, RD, USDA, Center for Nutriton Policy and Promotion

Shelley Maniscalco, USDA CNPP

Gamification and friendly competition are focus of this interactive session where participants collaborate and encourage one another using the MyPlate Challenge online tool (Launching January 2016). Participants design digital learning experiences and assessments that meet specific needs of students.  Achievement badges can be earned and shared on Team Leader Board.

eLearning Boot Camp for Administrative Reviews

Susan Still, Brighton Learning Group

Dara Jacobs, Brighton Learning Group

Save time and relieve stress by insuring institutions are prepared for an administrative review.  Walk through the process using the eLearning Boot Camp.  Following USDA’s Administrative Handbook, this session will help institutions organize records and prepare for a smoother administrative review.

Online Options-Move Your CACFP Required and Nutrition Training Online

Jennifer Swartz, Child Care Resources

Claudette Barber, Child Care Resources

Would you like to expand your area? Are you having difficulty meeting the needs of your providers for training in a cost effective manner? Have you been considering online classes for the participants of your CACFP sponsorship? At Child Care Resources in Missoula, Montana, we tried it out in FY15 and are now committed. Come learn how we moved our training online and still offer informative, interactive, and worthwhile information without all the miles!

 

Train the Trainer

Create Program Success Through Provider Trainings

Allison Cunningham, Early Childhood Professionals Training Institute

In this workshop participants explore how provider training can be developed to address provider needs in addition to unforgettable fun ways to deliver program specific information.  Participants will learn how to create theme based training where providers can identify areas where change is needed.

Grab and Go Lessons for Promoting Whole Grains in Child Care

Mary Schroeder, Universiyt of Minnesota Extension

In this interactive session you will receive four short Grab and Go lessons that can be used to improve the knowledge and skills of child care providers to serve more whole grains. During the session, you will participate in activities from the lessons and gain helpful tips for implementing the lessons.

It’s Not Nutrition Until It’s Served and Eaten

Amanda Gallaher, Association for Child Development

It can be tricky to bridge the gap between building nutrition knowledge and helping child care providers serve healthier foods.  This interactive workshop will explore tools and strategies that CACFP sponsors can using during monitoring and training to help providers move from nutrition insight to action.

Let's Move Child Care & Penn State Better Kid Care: Free Resources & Trainings

Rachel Powell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Claudia Mincemoyer, Penn State Better Kid Care

Jill Cox, Penn State Better Kid Care

Learn more about Let's Move Child Care -- an online obesity prevention intervention for early child care and education provider in both centers and homes-- and how they partner with Penn State Better Kid Care to provide free resources, activities, and online trainings. Also learn  how to access Penn State Better Kid Care printed materials, reflection activities, videos, On Demand online modules and more, and includes strategies for adding renewed energy to your trainings.

Movin’ in the CACFP! Increasing Physical Activity in Your Child Care Programs

Jennifer Swartz, Child Care Resources

Claudette Barber, Child Care Resources

At Child Care Resources in Missoula, MT, we collaborated with Let’s Move Missoula and offered movement games and resources to our CACFP Participants. We will provide you with the idea, outline, and construct for these activities along with our experiences so you can take it back and make it your own!

 

 

Saturday Extended Workshops

 

 

Addressing Childhood Obesity With Family Style Meals

Dietrich Love, Head Start of Greater Dallas

Participants will develop strategies' to prevent childhood obesity through mealtime interactions with children.

Child Nutrition Training

Cynthia Snyder, Novick Brothers

Marcia Wileczek, Novick Brothers

The goal and purpose of this training is to educate the participant on why the USDA/CACFP guidelines and meal patterns are set up as they are. Upon completion of the training the participant will understand and retain the basic needs both nutritionally and calorically of a child in the infant through 12 year old age category. The participant will also understand how to measure food, how to read a nutritional label, what a CN label is and the importance of whole grain and milk from a forensic description. The importance of the fruit and vegetable food group is discussed in detail. Activity suggestions on how to get children to try new things will be demonstrated.

Food Safety and Sanitation

Gretchen Elkins, Education Service Center, Region 20

The BAD news:  Our participants are most at risk for foodborne illness.  The GOOD news:  You have plenty of opportunities to prevent them when you utilize the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system.  Join us to learn why food safety is important and get guidance on how staff can ensure the preparation and service of safe foods.

I am Moving, I am Learning:

Purposeful Physical Activity for All

Melinda Nguyen, QCAP Head Start

Learn to increase daily moderate to vigorous physical activity as well as improve the quality of movement activities with preschool aged children. I am Moving, I am Learning is an approach in addressing childhood obesity by making physical activity fun in addition to increasing learning opportunities throughout the day. This workshop will require participants to move and shake!

Minute Menu Presents Kid Kare

 

 

 

NPA State Agencies Only

Summer Food Program Training

Tamieka Muns, USDA FNS

 

Pass the Broccoli, Please:

A Deep­Dive Into Helping Kids Grow Healthy Relationships With Food

Rhys Powell, Red Rabbit

In this two ­hour, hands ­on workshop we will explore how to create a healthy food  landscape in a home, school, or office. We’ll demonstrate ways to bring food into the learning space, to both demystify veggies and make them fun. Included in the workshop will be tangible idea implementation including mealtime rituals, gardening workshops, kid ­friendly composting and cooking with any age group.

Make Your Trainings Magical

Jennifer Basey, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Have you ever sat through a training session and been completely restless or have your ever given a presentation while looking out at unengaged audience? If so, come learn a few different tricks of the trade to make your presentations more interesting and your audience more engaged.

Mail-In Registration Form

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Conference Registration Rates & Deadlines

  

National CACFP Conference

NCA Members Non Members

REGULAR (until April 1st)

$279

$379

LATE (after April 1st) 

$349

$449

     
 

National Professionals Association w/National CACFP Conference

NCA Members Non Members

 REGULAR (until April 1st)

 $354

 $454

 LATE (after April 1st) 

 $424

 $524

     
Preconference Training NCA Members Non Members

 REGULAR (until April 1st)

 $100

 $125

  LATE (after April 1st) 

 $125

 $150

     

30th Anniversary Celebration Awards Reception

NCA Members Non Members

(limited quantity/cash bar) 

   

 REGULAR (until April 1st)

 $45

 $65

  LATE (after April 1st) 

  Not Available

     

 

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

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

National CACFP Conference Purchase Order Policy


The National Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsors Association (NCA) Board of Directors recognizes the need for State Agencies (SA) to have the option of payment for registration for the National CACFP Conference by purchase order to secure an early or standard registration rate which is discounted from the late/onsite registration rate. Purchase orders must reflect an authorized expense and promise of payment. The Board of Directors has determined that in order for State Agencies to register for the NCA Conference with a purchase order and secure early or standard registration rates, the purchase order must be accompanied with a credit card guarantee.  The credit card will ONLY be charged if payment by check is not received by the association.

Furthermore, the early registration rate for a PO is extended at NET 30 -- which means that registration received on or before the early registration deadline (February 15, 2016) by PO and credit card guarantee will secure the early registration rate as long as the check is received within the next 30 days. If payment is not received within that window, the State Agency will be invoiced at the Standard Registration Rate.

All payments for all POs must be received by the association on or before April 21, 2016. Outstanding registration payments will be processed on the credit card used to guaranteed the registration on April 22, 2016.

This policy is not meant as a burden, however, reflects the desire of the association to ensure integrity, collection of funds, and preservation of organizational finances.

Example:  

  1. A SA FAXES a PO with credit card guarantee on February 15 in order to qualify for the early bird rate.

  2. The SA has 30 days in which to send the check to NCA.

  3. If the check is not received by NCA on or before March 16, the SA will no longer qualify for the early bird rate, and will now be invoiced the standard rate.

  4. Again, if the check is not received by NCA within the next 30 days -- on or before April 15, the SA will no longer qualify for the standard rate, and will now be invoiced at the late rate.  

  5. If the SA does not bring payment to the conference and/or does not attend at all, the credit card used to guarantee the registration will be charged the late rate.

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However, please keep trying, there are room changes daily!

If you can't get a reservation, and want to stay nearby, look for a hotel in Disney Springs - Lake Buena Vista on Hotel Plaza Blvd.  

Neighboring hotels in walking distance of the Hilton located in the Walt Disney World Resort:

 

  • DoubleTree, 407.934.1000 (sister property, same side as us; about a 7 minute walk)
  • Holiday Inn Hotel, 407.828.8888 (same side, next to Hilton)
  • “B” Resort, 407.828.2828 (formerly Hotel Royal Plaza, next to Holiday Inn)
  • Wyndham, 407.828.4444 (directly opposite Hilton)
  • Best Western Resort, 407.828.2424 (across street)
  • Buena Vista Palace, 47.827.2727 (sister property, opposite Disney Springs, slightly further walking distance; currently undergoing renovations)

 

Hilton Lake Buena Vista

Across from Downtown Disney!

Local Restaurants and Activities

$159 per night single/double occupancy

Book Online 

Or call 800-782-4414

Attendees: Reference "CFP"
Government Employees: Reference code "CFG"

The special $159.00 standard single or double occupancy room rate (plus occupancy tax, currently 12.5%) will be available until March 25, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

**A limited amount of rooms are available for attendees with valid government credentials at the government rate. Please ensure you have selected the "Government" attendee type in the previous selection screen in order to secure the proper rate. Government issued ID will need to be provided at check in.**

In order to confirm a room assignment, all reservation requests will require a first night’s deposit, refundable no later than five (5) days prior to scheduled arrival.

Guests reserved in our designated block(s) will receive complimentary guestroom internet and will not be charged a resort service charge.

Learn more about the Hilton Lake Buena Vista here.

Why partner with NCA for our 30th Anniversary Conference?
The National CACFP Sponsors Association serves as a national platform that provides education, support, and resources to organizations who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program to the CACFP community. This year we celebrate our 30th Anniversary of serving the child nutrition community. Our members represent 1000s of professionals from organizations such as sponsors, child care centers, state agencies, food banks, after school/ at risk organizations, tribal communities and many more. 

The child nutrition community represents a $2.87 billion in federal funding.

Who attends the NCA Conference?
Our conference is designed for CACFP sponsors, state agency staff, federal agency staff, Headstart, Afterschool/At-Risk, Summer Feeding and anyone working with the USDA food program.

We were able to share information about our professional development resources with many sponsors who support a large number of early care and education professionals. It was a great opportunity! – Claudia Mincemoyer, Penn State Better Kid Care

As an exhibitor, I attend many conferences each year. NCA is one of my favorites because the attendees actually want to be there. NCA Staff truly care that I have a great experience and provide value for my investment of time and money. Attending NCA is like reconnecting with old friends each year. – Maureen Lyons, Learning Zone Express

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 Help Celebrate 30 Years!

30th Anniversary Congratulations Shout Outs

 

"As a vendor who has a mission driven business model, the NCA has put a wonderful program together that not only allows for my companies exposure, but allows us to have an educational and learning opportunity as well. This conference is the best of both worlds for a vending organization." Cynthia Snyder, Novick Brothers Corp.

The NCA CACFP Sponsors Association Conference was the best conference FoodSource Plus has attended all year. It was well-run, educational, and provided a way for us to speak directly with decision-makers who can benefit from our savings program. The engagement and one-on-one time with the attendees was invaluable. We look forward to attending again in 2016– Jennifer Foley, Food Source Plus, Supply Source

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This link enables conference attendees, as well as those friends and family members that are traveling with them, to individually purchase these specially priced Disney Meeting & Convention Tickets. 

These are being offered directly by Disney. Please direct any questions to their customer service staff at the phone number on their website for conference attendees.

These tickets offer pre-arrival savings of 10% on our Full-Multi-Day (2 days or longer) Tickets and include one (1) complimentary admission to an additional Disney Experience at any one (1) of the following (additional details are listed on the web site): 

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Disney’s Winter Summerland or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4 p.m.)

  • A round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, our 9-hole walking course

Exclusive for Conference Attendees

Partial-day tickets, After – 2 pm and After – 4 pm tickets, are also available. Work during the day, head to the parks when workshops are over!