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Virtual Summit

2021 CACFP Virtual Summit | $49

Looking for food program training? Join us each day for workshops on nutrition, program administration, operations, management, and more. Eight hours of continuing education credits awarded. Registration fee includes on-demand sessions, available through September 30, 2021.


*all times listed are Eastern*

Monday, September 13

11:30 am - 12:00 pm | CACFP Summit Welcome

12:10 pm - 2:20 pm | Ounce Equivalents for Grains: No Weigh!

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | All About Policy

Tuesday, September 14

11:30 am - 12:00 pm | Coffee & Conversation: CACFP for Head Start

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm | US Poverty & Its Impact on Children

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm | Reduce Findings: Make Paperwork A Priority

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | CACFP Professional Certification Program Overview

Wednesday, September 15

11:30 am - 12:00 pm | Coffee & Conversation: Afterschool Meals

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm | Safe Foods, Healthy Bodies

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm | Completing Claims Like Clockwork

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | CACFP Creditable Resources

Thursday, September 16

11:30 am - 12:00 pm | Coffee & Conversation: Meal Patterns

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm | Introducing Healthy Food Choices with Fun, Interactive Learning

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm | Accountability & Leadership

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | CACFP Summit Wrap-Up: Ask Us Anything

Registrations received after Wednesday, September 8th will be processed within 24-hours during the work week.

Watch for email confirmations and event access instructions in early September. Add conference and to your safe email sender list so our communications don't get lost in your spam or junk filters.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend?

  • Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Centers
  • Head Start
  • Preschools
  • Tribal Organizations
  • Afterschool Programs
  • Adult Care Centers
  • Food Banks
  • Summer Food Service Operators
  • School Districts
  • Emergency Shelters

Will there be a Spanish translation?
No, Spanish translation will not be provided.

How do I join sessions?
To join sessions, Internet access will be needed and Zoom software will need to be allowed to “run” from your device. Each session will begin at the assigned time based on Eastern Standard Time. When you register as an attendee for the virtual summit, you will be sent an email with links for each session. Once you register at the session link, you will be able to join in-person. You must use the same email address you used to register as an attendee to gain access to the training sessions.

Can I share my session link?
Everyone who joins a session will be approved to enter the session once registration has been verified. You will not be able to share a session link with a second person.

What if I need help during the Summit?
Contact Zoom support here. Contact NCA support at 512.850.8278.

Can I get CEUs for attending?
8 CEUs are available for the Virtual Summit and apply towards NCA’s CACFP Professional Certification Program. You will receive a certificate of attendance for each session you log into and complete and may submit that to other professional organizations for their review.

Will recordings be made available?
Yes! Sessions will be recorded in case you miss the live scheduled time or would like to revisit the content at your convenience through September 30th, 2021. You will be able to access these using the email you initially registered as an attendee.

How do I get access to the handouts?
Attendees will be sent a link to an online file where they can download any handouts presenters have supplied to us.

What happens after I register?
After your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an email with important information and links to access the sessions.

Can I get a refund?
There are no refunds for registrations or cancellations.


Monday, September 13

CACFP Summit Welcome

We’re talking about CACFP, recognizing our presenters, and celebrating you! Be on time, and make time for this session, so you can learn how to get the most from your week with us.

Ounce Equivalents for Grains: No Weigh!

Team Nutrition has several resources and tools to help CACFP operators transition to grains ounce equivalents - no food scales required! Receive hands-on training and leave with a menu of options for successful implementation. Download the Food Buying Guide mobile app before attending this workshop.

Presented by USDA Food and Nutrition Service:

Mimi Wu, MS, RD
Debra Eisenbarth, MS, RD
Anne Garceau, MS, RDN
Rachel Hayes Polon, MPH, RD
Kaushalya Heendeniya, MS, RD


All About Policy

Emergency funding, child nutrition reauthorization, policy waivers, and more! Hear what’s going on nationally and how it could affect you locally.

Presented by: 

Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association
Geri Henchy, RDN, MPH, Food Research and Action Center
Katherine Jacobs, MPH, Food Research and Action Center
Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP, Wildwood CACFP

Tuesday, September 14

Coffee & Conversation: CACFP for Head Start

Bring your questions – you can ask us anything about CACFP for Head Start – and we’ll answer as many as we can.

Presented by: 

Shauna Payne, Tallatoona CAP
Robert Fillmore, Inter Tribal Council of Michigan Head Start and Early Head Start
Jami Lee-Rokala, LN, CCNP, CLC, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP, CCNP, Acelero Learning

US Poverty & Its Impact on Children

Across the country, Americans are struggling to secure jobs that offer the prospect of long-term financial security and the promise of a real future for themselves and their families. Learn about the root causes of poverty, understand how poverty impacts families and children, and explore policy ideas and strategies for reducing poverty and mitigating its negative effects.

Presented by Cara Brumfield, MA, Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality

Reduce Findings: Make Paperwork a Priority
Get step-by-step guidance on how to maximize policies, procedures and training to counteract the most common findings. Take home handouts on how to strengthen your business by targeting the inefficiencies in your workflow.

Presented by Carolyn Miller, CMP, CCNP, Texas Education Service Center Region 11

CACFP Professional Certification Program Overview
Join us to learn how to earn your certification, what the qualifications are, and to hear how it has impacted CACFP professionals who value these credentials.

Wednesday, September 15

Coffee & Conversation: Afterschool Meals
Bring your questions – you can ask us anything about At-Risk Afterschool Meals (ARAS) – and we’ll answer as many as we can.

Presented by:

Brian Wieher, CMP, CCNP, Operation Food Search
Lynne Kunins, FLIPANY
Jane Pakan, Chicago Public Schools
Vicki Lipscomb, CMP, Child Nutrition Program, Inc.

Safe Foods, Healthy Bodies
Learn how food can become unsafe, and explore methods to reduce risk of food-borne illness in child care settings. Understand how to handle, prepare and store foods safely. Review CACFP crediting information for infant foods and combination foods. Gain resources to train this workshop for CACFP participants.

Presented by Kate Abernathy, CMP, CCNP, LD, RD, MS, Providers Choice

Completing Claims Like Clockwork
Learn the CACFP best practices for the submission of accurate claims for the reimbursements of meals. Identify management practices that adversely impact claims and help ensure that providers are getting reimbursed for the meals that they are serving.

Presented by Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles Company, CPA, PC

CACFP Creditable Resources
Join this session to learn about the nutrition education resources which are available free-of-charge, including the guides for Identifying Whole Grain-Rich, determining sugar content in cereals and yogurt, and which milk to serve in the CACFP. Create your own toolkit of meal pattern materials and nutrition education flyers to use in your program and share with your community.

Thursday, September 16

Coffee & Conversation: Meal Patterns
Bring your questions – you can ask us anything about CACFP meal patterns. We’ll be live and will answer as many questions as we can.

Presented by:

Tonya Nichols, CMP, Central Iowa Shelter and Services
Christina Flythe, MA, MSW, CCNP, Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc.

Toyin Okunoren, MS, RDN, MHA, CMP, CCNP, Little Ones Learning
Conchetta Yonaitis, MEd, Virginia Department of Health

Introducing Healthy Foods with Fun, Interactive Learning
Eating patterns that are adopted during childhood affect health across a lifespan. Learn new ways to introduce healthy and nutritious food choices to children participating in CACFP through fun and interactive learning activities.

Presented by Georgia Nutritional Services, Inc.:
Deborah Gillison-Wilson, CMP, CCNP
Amanda Dyes, CCNP
Shelby Beverly, MSA, CCNP

Accountability & Leadership
Understand the power of recognition, learn how to give great feedback and build a team that trusts. Get a list of guiding principles that create a culture of collaboration and accountability. Discover how looking at the big picture can help with the small stuff in your workplace.

Presented by Maggie Mae Kennedy, Galena Park Independent School District

CACFP Summit Wrap-Up
If you had a question that didn’t get answered, now’s the time. We’ll get through as many as we can. We’ll also share what’s coming next and ask for your feedback too.