Wednesday  ●  April 18, 2017

 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibitor Hall Setup

 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Conference Registration | Information Desk Open

 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

CACFP Creditable Roundtable

 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

USDA Paperwork Reduction Committee Meeting

 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

City of San Antonio PreK Tour

 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

San Antonio Food Bank Tour

 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

USDA Presents: State Agency Training

 Thursday ●  April 19, 2017

 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Conference Registration | Information Desk Open

 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Preconference Training

 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: Northeast | MidAtlantic | Southeast | Midwest | Mountain Plains | Southwest | Western

 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Functional Networking Sessions
Field Staff | Nutritionists | Sponsor Directors | Center Directors | Administration
At Risk & Afterschool | State Agency | Headstart | Tribal

 Friday ●  April 20, 2017

 7:00 am - 5:00  pm

Conference Registration | Information Desk Open

 7:00 am-8:00 am

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition

 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open

 8:00 am - 9:30 am

National Conference General Session

 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Workshops Session One

 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshops Session Two

 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Workshops Session Three

 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Workshops Session Four

 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Workshops Session Five

 Saturday ●  April 21, 2017

 7:30 am-5:30  pm

Conference Registration | Information Desk Open

 7:30 am-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast 

 7:30 am-1:30 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open

 7:45 am - 8:30 am

National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting

 8:45 am - 9:45 am

Workshops Session Six

 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Workshops Session Seven

 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Workshops Session Eight

 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshops Session Nine

 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Workshops Session Ten

 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Regional Wrap-Up Sessions: Northeast | MidAtlantic | Southeast | Midwest | Mountain Plains | Southwest | Western

 Thursday, April 19, 2017 

Register to attend one of these four-hour deep dive preconference training sessions. Presented classroom style, these are limited in size, and require pre-registration to attend. All sessions are concurrent from 8 am - 12 pm.

CACFP 101: Foundations of Success

New to the Child and Adult Care Food Program? Learn the basics of CACFP from veteran sponsors. This 101 course will cover Program Administration, Program Operations, Nutrition, Financial Management, Non-profit Management, and Civil Rights as required to operate a CACFP sponsoring organization.

  • Blake Stanford, CMP, President, Southwest Human Development Services, Texas
  • Vicki Lipscomb, CMP, President, Child Nutrition Services, North Carolina
  • Senta Hester, CMP, CCNP, Founder & Executive Director, Our Daily Bread of TN
  • Debra Ghia, VP CACFP, Lehigh Valley Children's Center, Pennsylvania
  • Melissa Moore, CCNP, Director of Food Access, Family League of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Robin Paul, CMP, CCNP, CEO, Mid Michigan Child Care Centers, Michigan
  • Annetta Rutland, CMP, Strategic Director Quality, 4C for Children, Ohio

CACFP Afterschool: Serve Snack, Supper, and Holiday Meals

Only 1 in 10 children who qualify for afterschool and out-of-time meals are receiving them. The Child and Adult Care Food Program offers a solution to this nationwide problem. Learn the basics of CACFP Afterschool and hear from a panel of folks who are already implementing the program successfully at their sites. Discover how you can sponsor the program or work with a sponsor to serve children who are at-risk. Congress has offered a solution. Don't send kids home hungry. This session is for anyone who work with afterschool programs and for sponsoring agencies.

  • Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP, President, Wildwood CACFP, Colorado

CACFP Headstart: An Indicator of Quality Child Care

Attend this training specific to Head Start CACFP to learn how Head Start requirements align with the CACFP to provide good nutrition to children. Leave understanding the performance standards concerning child nutrition, how to implement training, and understand how to better serve culturally appropriate meals and make family style dining successful.

  • Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP, Directof of Food Services, Acerlero Learning, Nevada

Growing CACFP Success with Farm to Early Care and Education

Farm to early care and education (ECE) is a group of activities and strategies that include the use of local foods in meals and snacks, gardening opportunities, and food-based learning activities implemented with the aim of improving the health of children and the quality of ECE environments. Farm to ECE initiatives not only integrate seamlessly with the learning style of young children and the priority areas of the ECE community, but are also evidenced-based approaches to meeting CACFP meal pattern and nutrition standards, programmatic expectations, and state and national early learning goals. Join the National Farm to School Network, USDA Office of Community Food Systems, and local ECE providers to actively engage in farm to ECE activities and learn about curriculum, resources, and tools to help start or expand farm to ECE initiatives at the programmatic and community level. Whether you are a seasoned local foods expert or are just ready to plant your first seeds, you will come away with a concrete plan to “grow” health and wellness, experiential learning opportunities, and parent engagement through farm to ECE.

  • Lacy Stephens, MS, RDN, National Farm to School Network
  • Janell Walker, MPH, RDN, USDA

HR Toolkit: Non-Profit Management Strategies

Non-Profit management is key to operating a successful organization. Learn how to motivate staff, evaluate employee performance, manage generational diversary, and lead your team. Whether you are new to management role or are looking for tools to be more effective, this session will offer you tools and resources to use immediately.

  • Lynn Richardson, SOS Employment Group- Retired

Meal Pattern Components: Serving Up Great Nutrition

Great nutrition is the key-stone of the CACFP. Because we believe that healthy eating starts early and is a learned behavior, it's incredibly important that program operators and providers know what makes the meal pattern components powerful when united. Fighting obesity, introducing healthy foods, and ensuring variety across food components are some of the important goals exlored in this training. Go home on fire about great nutrition.

  • Robert Post, Chobani
  • Julie Miller Jones, PhD, LN, CNS, Grain Foods Foundation

Serving Summer Meals: Planning, Participation, Policy & Partnering for Success

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is an important tool for addressing the nutrition gap low-income children face when the school year ends – and success depends on collaboration, proactive planning, and partnerships every step of the way. This interactive and informative session will cover the nuts and bolts of SFSP and beyond, including: USDA resources and streamlining policies for sponsors; emerging trends and promising practices that can be replicated in your community; strategies for improving meal quality and reducing food waste; anti-hunger advocate perspectives on facilitating community collaboration and buy-in; and examples of effective outreach and marketing efforts. Whether you are a CACFP sponsor operating SFSP for the first time, or a year-round sponsor looking to expand or sustain your current operations, you will leave this session with practical resources, new contacts, and a concrete plan to reach more children with nutritious meals during the summer months. 

  • Clarissa Hayes, FRAC

Show Me the Money: Getting Through the Budget Approvals Process

This training is a 101 level overview of the generally accepted source documentation to support allowable costs for CACFP operations. Attendees will 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.

  • Cherese Myree, CFE, Vice President, MH Miles Company, CPA PC
  • Monica Miles, CPA, CFE, President, MH Miles Company, CPA PC 


2017 Workshop Directory  Meet the Presenters



Program Operations

Training & Technology

Program Administration

Financial Management

Non-Profit Management

Civil Rights & Policy

Research & Resources

Program Spotlight

At Risk Afterschool

Summer Food

Head Start


Workshop Proposals 

Call for proposals for the 2018 National Child Nutrition Conference!

Presenter Information

  • Workshops will be offered on Thursday, April 19, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 2018.
  • 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.

All workshop proposals will be reviewed by NCA’s Board of Directors. The Board serves as the governing body of the corporation and will determine the selection of workshops for the conference.

Conference Registration Rates & Deadlines

National CACFP Conference NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member

ADVANCE (until December 15)



EARLY (until February 15)



STANDARD (until March 15) 



LATE (after March 15) 



Morning Preconference Sessions NCA Agency
Member Rate*
Non Member

ADVANCE (until December 15)



EARLY (until February 15)



STANDARD (until March 15) 



LATE (after March 15) 




* 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.

Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Flying in? Plan to arrive on Wednesday, April 18 and depart on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Conference Registration is Required Before Booking a Hotel Room
When payment is made for conference registration, attendees will be emailed a link to secure the negotiated rates while inventory remains. We will update room inventory status here when we are close to selling out.

Negotiated Conference Rates* 

Headquarter Hotel

123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, Texas

Standard:  $174.00 per night plus tax
Government: $121.00 per night plus tax or 2018 GSA 

  • Guest Room Internet Complimentary
  • Self-parking rate for conference attendess is $15.00 per day


105 South St Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX

Standard:$ 162.00 per night

  • Hot Breakfast including Belgian waffles, fruit, biscuits and gravy, sausage, and more
  • Kickback evening hot food and cold beverages
  • One Hour Free Long Distance
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Soda & Popcorn in Lobby
  • Parking Fee Additional 

drury_inn_and_suites_riverwalk.jpgDRURY INN & SUITES

201 N. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Standard: $159.00 per night plus tax

Suite: $169.00 per night plus tax

  • Hot Breakfast including Belgian waffles, fruit, biscuits and gravy, sausage, and more
  • Kickback evening hot food and cold beverages
  • One Hour Free Long Distance
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Soda & Popcorn in Lobby
  • Parking Fee Additional


* through March 17, 2018 or until sold out

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.



Why Join us?

  • 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.

Who Attends?

  • 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

Exhibitor Information Packet

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The city of San Antonio, Texas boasts much to offer in attractions, history and fantastic flavors. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the famous Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is the home to many restaurants and shopping. In the evenings after sessions, take a stroll or grab a taxi, water taxi that is! 

During the conference dates and throughout 2018, San Antonio will gather city-wide to celebrate its 300th anniversary. This is a historic occurance and one that will make our 32nd annual conference especially memorable to be held in this Texas legendary location!

Explore San Antonio!