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.
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