Monday, April 22

  • USDA State Agency Training
  • CACFP Creditable Meeting
  • Learning Excursions
  • Exhibitor Setup 

Tuesday, April 23

  • CORE State Agency Training
  • Preconference Training Academies
  • Exhibitor Hall Opens
  • Conference Welcome & Featured Sessions
  • Networking Sessions

Wednesday, April 24

  • National General Session
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall Open

Thursday, April 25

  • Breakout Sessions
  • Networking Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall Open
  • Featured Session

Friday, April 26

  • State Agency Afterschool Meals & Summer Food Service Symposium
  • CORE Sponsor Training


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Arrive Monday, April 22
Depart Friday, April 26

Monday  ●  April 22, 2019

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

CACFP Creditable Roundtable* by invitation

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

USDA Paperwork Reduction Meeting* by invitation

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Preconference Training Academy *pre-registration required

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

USDA & State Agency Training *state agencies only

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learning Excursions *pre-registration required

Tuesday  ●  April 23, 2019 

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Conference Registration Open

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preconference Training Academy *pre-registration required

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

CORE State Agency Training *pre-registration required

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open | Live Demos

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

CACFP Professionals Certification Program Overview

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

First Timers' Orientation

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Conference Welcome & Featured Speaker Sessions

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Regional Networking Sessions

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Functional Networking Sessions

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Windy City Networking Reception *cash bar

Wednesday ●  April 24, 2019 

7:00 am - 6:00  pm

Conference Registration | Information Desk Open

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Coffee & Conversation with Grab & Go Yogurt Sponsored by General Mills

7:15 am - 7:45 am

Shop Talk

8:00 am - 9:30 am

National Conference General Session Sponsored by General Mills

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Workshops Session One 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshops Session Two 

11:00 am  - 2:00 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open | Live Demos

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Presentation Station in Exhibitor Hall

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Shop Talk

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshops Session Three

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Workshops Session Four

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Workshops Session Five

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm 

Shop Talk

Thursday ●  April 25, 2019 

7:00 am- 6:00 pm

Conference Registration | Information Desk Open

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Coffee & Conversation

7:00 am - 7:45 am

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting *by invitation

7:15 am - 7:45 am

Shop Talk

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Workshops Session Six

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Workshops Session Seven

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Workshops Session Eight

10:30 am - 1:15 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open | Live Demos

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch Presentation Station in Exhibitor Hall

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Workshops Session Nine

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Workshops Session Ten

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Featured Speaker Sessions

5:00 pm -5:30 pm

Regional Session Wrap-Up

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm 

Shop Talk

Friday, April 26, 2019

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

State Agency Afterschool & Summer Meals Symposium Sponsored by No Kid Hungry *pre-registration required

8:00 am - 11:00 am

CORE Sponsor Training *pre-registration required

The following sessions are open to all attendees:

  • Certification Overview
  • Regional Networking Sessions
  • Functional Networking
  • General Session
...and more to come! 

Preconference Trainings are deep-sessions. Participants enjoy a classroom-style session that is limited in size and requires pre-registration. Registration rates apply per conference rates at the time of registering. 

Preconference sessions will be concurrent on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 8 am to 12 pm. 

We invite you to share your story, expertise, experience and passion with the attendees of the 2019 National Child Nutrition Conference in Chicago, IL April 23 - 25, 2019.

Ready to submit your workshop proposal?


Deadline for workshop proposals is September 17, 2018 at noon EST.

Did you know that workshops are the most important program element of the National Child Nutrition Conference? Attendees enjoy hearing from presenters who

  • Communicate the objective of the workshop

  • Share information that has practical application

  • Provide factual information and resources

  • Engage the audience 

Presenters are influential. The knowledge-sharing and discussion-facilitation that presenters lead allow conference attendees to positively impact the daily care and nutrition of children across the nation. 

Over 130 hours of workshops are provided during the three-day annual event. Share your knowledge with over 1,400 members of the child nutrition community! 

If you are ready to step on stage and make an impact in the child nutrition community as a conference presenter, we invite you to submit your proposal(s) by the deadline for priority consideration. 

All workshop proposals will be reviewed by the National CACFP Sponsors Association Board of Directors. The board serves as the governing body of the corporation and will determine the selection of workshops for the conference.

Those whose workshops are selected will be contacted in October for confirmation and will receive a National Child Nutrition Conference Speaker Agreement Form. 

NCNC is the premier training event for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) community and home of the USDA requested Summer Food Program training which gathers attendees from all 50 states and U.S. territories to impactfully serve 4.4 million children daily.

Meet our 2018 Conference Speakers 


Registration will open in November!

 Make the case to attend

Registration Rates & Deadlines

National Child Nutrition Conference NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member

ADVANCE (until December 15)



EARLY (until February 15)



STANDARD (until March 15) 



LATE (until April 15) 



ONSITE (after April 15)

$525 $650
Morning Preconference Sessions NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member

ADVANCE (until December 15)



EARLY (until February 15)



STANDARD (until March 15) 



LATE (until April 15) 



ONSITE (after April 15)

$175 $225
Learning Excursions NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member
(Limited Space, Includes Travel
$25 $25

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

There are NO REFUNDS for cancellation. However, agencies may transfer registration to another individual within their 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) 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 18. Outstanding registration payments will be processed on the credit card used to guaranteed the registration on April 20.

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.


  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.

Negotiated Conference Rates

$179.00 per night single/double occupancy through April 3, 2019 or when sold out.

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Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60601

Reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago 

Chicago Hotel Near the Magnificent Mile

Hyatt Regency Chicago offers a chic, downtown retreat located steps from the Magnificent Mile and iconic Chicago destinations. Slip away for an afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago, ride on the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s boat tour, or snap a photo in front of Cloud Gate, locally known as the Bean. Whether you’re here on business or for a weekend getaway, savor the unparalleled views of downtown and Navy Pier when you stay at Hyatt Regency Chicago.

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Who We Are?

  • The National Child Nutrition Conference is the premier national conference for the Child and Adult Care Food Program community and home of the USDA requested Summer Food Program training.

  • The CACFP community serves over 2 billion meals and snacks to over 4.4 million children daily as well as 115,000 elderly persons.

  • We represent over 52,000 child care centers, 137,000 family child care providers and 865 sponsors.

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  • Promote your business and organization to leaders and members of the child nutrition community.

  • Participate in numerous networking opportunities with key decision makers.

  • Feature your business products or organization resources.

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  • CACFP Sponsors

  • Child Care Centers

  • State Agency Staff

  • Federal and Regional Agency Staff

  • Industry Leaders in Child Nutrition

  • Head Start

  • After-School/ At-Risk

  • Summer Food Sponsors

  • Nutrition Professionals

  • Tribal Nations


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Home to the world's first skyscraper, many museums and over 6,000 restaurants, Chicago is a stimulating location for the 33rd annual National Child Nutrition Conference! Come and join your friends in the "Windy City" for workshops and networking by day and adventure and entertainment opportunities by night! Check out the iconic Bean or Cloud Gate in Millennium Park which is walking distance from the conference hotel. Try Chicago-style deep-dish pizza - with whole grain dough and veggie toppings of course! There's so much to see, do and taste in Chicago - book your hotel room!