Over 1,400 members of the child nutrition community gathered in San Antonio to learn, network, share stories, collaborate, become inspired, and remember purpose. Thank you for sharing your week with us! Presentations are available to attendees and agency member staff.

Virtual Conference


Monday, April 22

  • USDA State Agency Roundtable
  • Learning Excursion
  • Exhibitor Setup 

Tuesday, April 23

  • Preconference Training
  • Exhibitor Hall Opens
  • 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

Friday, April 26

  • Morning Breakout Favorites





Arrive Monday, April 22

Depart Friday, April 26

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. 

The call for workshop proposals will be open from late summer through mid September. Please be sure to check back then to submit a proposal for the Board review. 

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.

hyatt-regency-chicago-exterior.jpgHeadquarter Hotel

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.

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


For more information contact us at

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!  

2019 Chicago Partners


2019 Chicago Sponsors


2019 Chicago Exhibitors







Red Gold Tomatoes

Champion Foodservice

Novick Brothers


Team Nutrition