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2022 National Child Nutrition Conference Brochure

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April 18-22, 2022 April 19-21, 2022

Hyatt Regency New Orleans Virtual Sessions

Take a look...

• Featured Speakers
• Workshop Sessions
• Preconference Training
• Shop Talks
• Exhibitors

Schedule of Events
Monday, April 18, 2022

10:00 am - 8:00 pm Conference Registration Check-In

Join the 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Preconference Training Academy *Pre-registration required
child nutrition
community for... 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm CACFP Professionals Certification Overview

Days of 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Navigating the Conference Q&A

5 Education Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Over 70 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Conference Registration Check-In

Presenters 8:00 am - 9:00 am CACFP Creditable Resource for Professionals Hybrid Onsite/Virtual

13 Education 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Preconference Training Academy * Pre-registration required
9:00 am - 1:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
76 Hours
9:15 am - 10:15 am More on Meal Patterns Hybrid Onsite/Virtual
of Workshops
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm National Conference General Session Hybrid Onsite/Virtual
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Workshops Session One Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Get Connected Welcome Reception
Options Available
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
7:00 am - 6:00 pm Information Desk Open

7:00 am - 7:45 am Breakfast, Coffee & Conversation

7:15 am - 7:45 am CACFP Inspire Awards Hybrid Onsite/Virtual

7:15 am - 7:45 am Shop Talk

8:00 am - 9:00 am Learning Institutes Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

9:15 am - 10:15 am Featured Speaker Session Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

10:30 am - 11:30 am Workshops Session Two Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

11:00 am -2:00 pm Exhibitor Hall Open

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm National CACFP Sponsors Association Annual Meeting *By invitation only

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Workshops Session Three Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Workshops Session Four Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Workshops Session Five Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Shop Talk

Thursday, April 21, 2022

7:00 am - 6:00 pm Information Desk Open

7:00 am - 7:45 am Breakfast, Coffee & Conversation

7:15 am - 7:45 am Shop Talk

7:15 am - 7:45 am USDA Town Hall Hybrid Onsite/Virtual

8:00 am - 9:00 am Workshops Session Six Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

9:15 am - 10:15 am Workshops Session Seven Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

10:30 am - 11:30 am Workshops Session Eight Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

10:30 am - 1:00 pm Exhibitor Hall Open

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm CMP/CCNP Professionals’ Celebration *By invitation only

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Workshops Session Nine Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Workshops Session Ten Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Featured Speaker Session Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Shop Talk

Friday, April 22, 2022

8:00 am - 10:00 am CORE Training: Management Plans *Pre-registration required

8:00 am - 12:00 pm ICN Food Safety Training *Pre-registration required

9:00 am - 10:00 am CACFP Creditable Resources for Professionals

10:30 am - 11:00 am CACFP Certification Overview

10:30 am - 12:30 pm CORE Training: Trainer Success *Pre-registration required

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Shop Talk

Check for schedule updates.

Registration Rates & Deadlines

Conference Registration Non-Members Preconference Training Academy

Registration Period Members Registration Period Price

Advance (Nov. 1 - Nov. 30) $299 $399 Advance (Nov. 1 - Nov. 30) $79 per session

Early (Dec. 1 - Jan. 31) $379 $479 Early (Dec. 1 - Jan. 31) $109 per session

Standard (Feb. 1 - Feb. 28) $459 $559 Standard (Feb. 1 - Feb. 28) $139 per session

Late (March 1 - April 1) $539 $639 Late (March 1 - April 1) $169 per session

*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.

Virtual Sessions Bonus Sessions

Unable to join us this year in New Orleans? No problem! We’re offering a virtual Staying through Friday? Attend your choice of three bonus sessions for free.
option to the 2022 National Child Nutrition Conference that will give you three Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.
days of virtual training from April 19-21, 2022. Attend the sessions live through
Zoom, or watch them on-demand until May 15, 2022 Flying in?

If you’ll be joining us in New Orleans, your registration fee also includes all Plan to arrive on Monday, April 18 and depart on Friday, April 22.
virtual sessions, which you can attend onsite or watch on-demand.

Registration Sponsored by

Hotel Accommodations Hyatt House New Orleans

Hyatt Regency New Orleans 1250 Poydras S
New Orleans LA 70113
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans LA 70113 Standard Rate: $169+/night
(includes breakfast)
Standard Rate: $169+/night

Hotel booking link will be shared via email once conference registration is confirmed.


All participants (attendees, speakers, exhibitors, staff) are required to provide
their proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend the 2022 National Child Nutrition
Conference in New Orleans, LA. Our priority is to create a safe environment for all
that are in attendance. Additionally, face coverings are mandatory in all meeting
spaces and common areas. All participants must have their badge on at all times.

For the purposes of right of entry to the NCNC, a person is considered fully

• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer and If a participant does not submit their vaccine card by April 7, 2022, they will not be
Moderna vaccines, or permitted to be in attendance at the 2022 NCNC in New Orleans. Registration will
not be refunded to attendees that do not provide proof of vaccination; individuals
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen will be converted to the Virtual Conference.
NCA may update these requirements at any time at its sole discretion. Continue to
• Dependent on CDC guidelines, booster shots may be required check this Health & Safety page for more details and continuous updates.

Proof of Vaccination Requirements: The precautions that the NCA has put in place for a safe conference experience
do not rule out the risk of breakthrough infections, visit the CDC website for more
• CDC-issued Vaccination Card must include the name of the vaccinated information.
individual, the dates of the completed vaccination cycle, the administering
physical or medical services provider, and the manufacturer of the vaccine If you have any additional questions contact us at [email protected]
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• The full vaccination cycle must be completed by April 1, 2022 (received the
second dose in a two-dose series such as Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose
of J&J).


Hear from the USDA

USDA Town Hall

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service team values feedback. Take some time
to visit with them and share your thoughts and ideas for their consideration.
Ask questions and offer suggestions. Your participation is welcome!

USDA Workshops • CACFP Menu Planning 101
• Developing a CACFP Budget
• Crediting Basics and Beyond: An In-Depth Look at
the Crediting Handbook for CACFP

• CACFP Administrative Budgets

Earn Credit for Attending

Your time with us goes further than just a few days. Sixteen hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for
attending onsite, and 14 hours are available for the virtual option. Onsite registration also includes 10 virtual sessions, for a
total of 26 available CEUs.

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Featured Sessions USDA SFSP Update

USDA CACFP Update Hear from USDA as they present an overview
of new and revised policy guidance for the
Hear from USDA as they present an overview Summer Food Service Program and share a
of new and revised policy guidance for the state-of-the-state update on SFSP program
Child and Adult Care Food Program and share developments, policy, and guidance. The
a state-of-the-state update of the CACFP. USDA Food and Nutrition Service works
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service works to end hunger and obesity through the
to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance
administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including the Summer Food Service
programs including the Child and Adult Care Program which is crucial to ensuring year-
Food Program which is crucial to ensuring round access to foods for children.
children have access to nutritious foods and
where healthy eating becomes a habit.

“The CACFP Certification recognizes my dedication to provide
quality services to families and exemplifies my continual
commitment to learn and grow within my profession.”

Alethea Etinoff, CCNP | Point of Care Childcare

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Featured Programs

General Session

What you do matters! When we all come together
in one room with one focus, you can be sure you’ll
leave knowing that your role is as important as any
other in ensuring that all children will have access
to healthy foods. This session is strategically
planned with speakers who will motivate us and
remind us why we work to support our nation’s
most vulnerable populations.

Annual Meeting Navigating the Conference Q&A

Members of the National Learn more about what to expect, how to navigate the schedule
CACFP Sponsors Association and where you need to be to get the most out of the 2022 national
are invited to attend our annual conference. We’ll make sure you are able to walk away from this
meeting to learn about where jam-packed conference with new insights and knowledge to use
the organization is today, hear and share with colleagues back in the office. Get prepared to
from candidates for the NCA take home credit hours, handouts from presenters conference
Board of Directors and find out swag, exhibitor samples, and new contacts from the USDA, state
what we have planned for the agencies, sponsoring organizations and providers.
future. Our mission is to provide
you with education resources, Celebrating you!
training opportunities and
guidance on federal program Get Connected Welcome Reception
Tuesday, April 19
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

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The National CACFP Sponsors Association CACFP Professionals Certification
has conferred upon Program Overview

Your Name Here Interested in learning more about how to earn the CACFP
Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition
the designation of Professional designation? Join NCA board members to hear why
the program was started, what the qualifications are and next
CACFP Child Nutrition Professional steps to getting the certification complete.

for demonstrating commitment to and experience with the Child and Adult Care Food Program and willingness to uphold high standards of CMP/CCNP Professionals’ Celebration
continued education in CACFP Child Nutrition.
We celebrate and commend those who have obtained the highest
Awarded October 3, 2019 Renewal Date October 3, 2022 level of CACFP professional acknowledgment by earning their
certification as a Management Professional and/or Child Nutrition
Kati Wagner, President, Board of Directors Professional. Get your certification today to receive an invitation
National CACFP Sponsors Association for a celebration reception in your honor.

The National CACFP Sponsors Association
has conferred upon

Your Name Here

the designation of

CACFP Management Professional

for demonstrating commitment to and experience with the Child and Adult Care Food Program and
willingness to uphold high standards of continued education in CACFP Management.

Awarded October 3, 2019 Renewal Date October 3, 2022

Kati Wagner, President, Board of Directors
National CACFP Sponsors Association

Apply Today!


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Preconference Training Academy

Preconference trainings are four-hour, deep-dive sessions in a classroom-
style setting. Pre-registration is required at

Monday 1 pm - 5 pm

CACFP 101: Show Me the Money:
Homes and Centers Getting Through the
Budget Approvals Process
New to the Child and Adult Care Food
Program? Learn the basics of CACFP Develop meal planning techniques that
from experienced sponsor operators can be used to serve healthy and appealing
and USDA’s Nutrition Promotion and meals and snacks that meet CACFP and
Technical Assistance staff. This 10 course preschool meal pattern requirements.
will cover program administration, Learn how to accommodate food allergies,
program operations, nutrition, financial incorporate multi-cultural recipes and
management, nonprofit management and locally-sourced foods, develop strategies
civil rights as required to operate a CACFP for creating custom menus, and go home
sponsoring organization. with menus you can use immediately or as
Blake Stanford, CMP, Southwest Human Development
Vicki Lipscomb, CMP, Child Nutrition Program Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles Company, CPA, PC
Kate Abernathy, MS, RDN, CMP, CCNP, Providers Choice
Summer Food: Planning,
Up and Moving! Participation, Policy &
Increasing Physical Activity Partnering for Success
in ECE Settings
The Summer Food Service Program
Let’s get children up and moving! Take (SFSP) is an important tool for addressing
a deep dive into the best practices the nutrition gap low-income children
for physical activity, then look at the face when the school year ends. Success
importance of goal setting and action depends on collaboration, proactive
planning to support policy changes at planning and partnerships. Whether you
your early care and education setting. You are a CACFP sponsor operating SFSP for
will be able to use knowledge gained to the first time or a year-round sponsor
create an action plan that helps you teach looking to expand your current operations,
the importance of physical activity and come learn what you need to know
ultimately develops positive habits with and leave with practical resources and
children, families and the community. a concrete plan to reach more children
with nutritious meals during the summer
Rebekah Duchette, BSN, RN, Nemours Children’s Health months.
Tracy Cheney, MEd, Dr. Day Care

Clarissa Hayes, Food Research and Action Center


Tuesday 8 am - 12 pm CACFP 101:
Afterschool Meals
CACFP 101:
Head Start: From the Kitchen Only 1 in 10 children who qualify for afterschool
to the Classroom and out-of-school time meals are receiving
them. The CACFP offers a solution to this
Head Start sites have been practicing family nationwide problem. Learn the basics of
style-meal service for years. Have you tried CACFP Afterschool and hear from a panel
family-style cooking with kids? This is a who are already implementing the program
practical session with action items that you successfully at their sites. Discover how you can
can learn to do at your site. Together, attendees sponsor the program or work with a sponsor to
will make and eat healthy, kid-friendly recipes, serve children who are at-risk. Don’t send kids
work through how to make kid recipe cards home hungry.
and charts, and hear from a nutritionist on
healthy, kid-friendly recipes. Kati Wagner, CCNP, CMP, Wildwood CACFP
Melissa Moore, CCNP, Family League of Baltimore

Rhonda Kobylecky, CCNP, CMP, Acelero Learning Demystifying Procurement in
Sheila Tompkins-Hess, Division of Child & Family Services the CACFP
Shauna Payne, Tallatoona Community Action Partnership
Stephanie Manchester, CCNP, CMP, Acelero Learning Procurement is designed to ensure your
Monmouth/Middlesex protection as a program provider. We
will review federal regulations governing
Eric Vaughn, Acelero Learning Clark County procurement and work through incorporating
beneficial purchasing practices. Attendees will
Menu Planning for the CACFP walk through executing a formal procurement
contract, beginning with a needs assessment,
Develop meal planning techniques that can conducting a contract evaluation and even
be used to serve healthy and appealing meals observing the preparation of creditable snacks
and snacks that meet CACFP and preschool that have been locally sourced.
meal pattern requirements. Learn how to
accommodate food allergies, incorporate LaMonika Jones, MEd, GCPA, DC Hunger Solutions
multi-cultural recipes and locally-sourced
foods, develop strategies for creating custom Motivation, Communication
menus, and go home with menus you can use and Training: Lessons from
immediately or as inspiration. the Wizards

Susan Ison, CMP, Helping Hands, Inc. Come on an Oz-mazing journey to learn,
experience and practice invigorating
techniques to empower yourself and your
employees. Bring your heart, brain and
courage to explore ways to influence your staff
with training, motivation and communication.
While documentation, compliance and menu
appeal pave the yellow brick road, the biggest
way to have more success over the CACFP
rainbow is through inspiring your employees.

Register online Carolyn Miller, CMP, CCNP, ESC 11
Amanda Tucker, CMP, CCNP, TITAN-LINQ

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Learning Institutes

Whether you’re new, experienced or an expert
in your role, learning opportunities are always
limitless. During our Wednesday morning
learning institutes gather with others in the
same experience stage and challenge your
potential. Unsure of which you should attend?
Find your people based on the institute

100 Don’t know what CACFP 101 You’re new-ish to the 201 You’ve served for several
or SFSP even mean? food programs, working in years in your role now, so
Learn the basics of how these food it daily, and you’ve got the big picture. you’re beyond the basics. But there’s
programs provide healthy food access Review the meal patterns, discuss more to learn and you’re eager to
for children in child care, afterschool, basic program administration, and get a further your level of knowledge.
out-of-school time, and during summer. requirements refresher.

301 After years of working 401 You’re the CEO, president, 501 Succession planning is
in the food program, you director or leader and want on your mind. You’ve been
feel confident and experienced. But to connect on food program issues managing operations for over 20 years
you’re still open to new ideas that will beyond operations, such as staffing, and are looking to find a way to share
help you improve your organization’s marketing and recruitment. Discover your institutional knowledge with col-
administration and operations. innovative ways to strengthen and leagues new to your organization.
advocate for the program.

“The conference offers so much information and
creative ideas. I returned with new ideas and approaches
that make me more effective and efficient at work.”

Christina Flythe, CCNP | Child Care Council of Suffolk

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NCA is offering 15 scholarships, which include registration fees, three (3)
nights lodging at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans and up to $300 toward
transportation costs.
Apply online if you are a:

• Sponsoring Organization • Family Home Provider
• School District
• At-Risk Afterschool Site • Child Care Center
• Summer Food Site
• Tribal Nation • Head Start

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Bonus Training

Staying through Friday? Join us for one of these FREE sessions.
Pre-registration is required at

8:00 - 10:00 am 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

CORE Training: CORE Training: Food Safety in Child
Management Plans Trainer Success Care

Learn the purpose and Develop the characteristics of a Food Safety in Child Care, formerly
requirements of the management successful trainer. Participants known as Serving Safe Food in
plan and how it relates to the will learn and practice effective Child Care, is based on the four
CACFP performance standards. communication and active listening principles of the Fight BAC©
Participants will learn the skills, understand adult learning program: Clean, Separate, Cook,
importance of monitoring, styles, identify and use probing and Cool. Developed specifically for
evaluating and implementing questions to land the learning, and child care providers in the CACFP
a complete and comprehensive demonstrate an understanding environment, it provides four hours
management plan through of trainer success techniques by of face-to-face food safety training
individual and group activities. participating in engaging activities. for foodservice employees in child
MH Miles, CPA, PC MH Miles, CPA, PC
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Shop Talks

Throughout the conference, join these small group conversations to
share stories, learn from each other and connect with professionals
who are facing the same challenges and opportunities you encounter.
They’re unscripted, dynamic and real, focusing on subjects we face
every day.

Conference Management Leading Physical Activities Promoting Yourself
Tricks of the Trade with Adults
Looking for ways to climb the ladder in
Many sponsors are putting on training Physical activity is important to our your organization without appearing to
events for their providers. Wonder how wellbeing and health at all points of the blow your own horn? We’ll talk about
it’s done or looking for answers to the lifespan. Share ideas and resources for ways you can help make that happen.
how-to of conference management? physical activities that are appropriate
We’ll share trade secrets! to lead with older adults served through Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association
Senior Centers as well as adults with
Hannah Morris, National CACFP Sponsors Association disabilities living in Group Homes. Virtual Engagement

Field Trip Meals for Children in Diane H. Craft, PhD, Active Play Books Virtual fatigue, as we all now know is
CACFP a real thing. How do you keep your
Nutrition Calendar Training attendees engaged in virtual trainings?
Let’s chat about CACFP guidelines for Program Have you tried tools like an escape
field trip meals. We will brainstorm room? Scavenger Hunt? Mentimeter?
creative ways to prepare meals that Are your backup expense files organized Kahoot? Have you looked into Adult
children will eat while out and about. and ready to go? Let’s share methods Learning Theory to be sure you are
that make audits and reviews successful. capturing the learning styles of the
Stacie Frieze, CCNP, MEd, Eastern Shawnee attendees? What else have you tried?
Jennifer Basey, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Come talk shop with those that are
Financial Backups for Fiscal Association doing it and those that are interested.
Paperless: Afterschool, Melissa Moore, CCNP, Family League of Baltimore
Are your backup expense files organized Summer and Family Childcare
and ready to go? Let’s share methods
that make audits and reviews successful. Covid has pushed the paperless
movement into hyper-drive. Come chat
Alix Pasillas, CCNP, CMP, Food for Kids with others in ARAS about how you
have become paperless in the past year.
Fundraising Brainstorm What successes are you having? What
opportunities are you running into? If
Need new fundraising ideas? Have ideas you haven’t moved to paperless please
to share? Join us for an exchange on come join us to learn who has done it
great ways to bring in money to your and how you can too!
Melissa Moore, CCNP, Family League of Baltimore
Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association

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Expand Your Knowledge

Conference Workshops

Workshops do not require pre-registration, and you are welcome to attend any workshop you desire.

Mark your favorite sessions and check online or in the app for scheduled times.

Look for the Specialty ID # Specialties S4 Program Administration
Each session and workshop provides hours S1 Nutrition S5 Financial Management
towards your CACFP Professional Certification. S2 Program Operations S6 Nonprofit Management
For more information, visit S3 Training & Technology S7 Civil Rights & Policy

ABCs of a Healthy Me Awareness, Accommodations,

A is for apple? No, A is for Active Play! S1 Management: Diabetes in the CACFP

Discuss the “ABCs of a Healthy Me!” and As the number of young children S1
diagnosed with diabetes is increasing,
practices that support the healthy growth and

development of children. Identify the changes we must learn the basics of diabetes care and
management. Gain awareness of the signs,
in our world that have led to increased rates of

obesity and explore resources. symptoms, and key aspects of care that are
essential for childcare professionals to make
Caliste Chong, MS, Alabama Partnership for Children
reasonable accommodations for children with
Type 1 diabetes.

Advancing Health Equity in Child Jill Cox, MS, RD, Penn State Better Kid Care
Best Practices in Garden to Early
Equitable and inclusive access to healthy S7
meals is critical in addressing health Childhood
disparities and improving health outcomes.
Meals and nutrition education offered through Learn how to implement a Garden S1
CACFP play a vital role in the health and well- to Early Childhood program model
being of children and families. Explore best
practices and opportunities for providers to in your curriculum. Hear about suggested
help advance health equity through a policy,
systems, and environmental approach. best practices, fundamentals of teaching
gardening to young children, planning year-
Traci Causey, MS, MBA, SNS, CHES, Alliance for a Healthier
Generation round gardening activities, and incorporating a
garden-to-table element for a healthy and fresh

food program.

All About Beans Aarie J. Wade, MSW, Baxter Community Center

Did you know beans meet CACFP S1 Breastfeeding at CACFP Sites

requirements for both the vegetable and

the meat alternate category? Learn about the Learn easy and practical ways to S1
meaningfully assist families and
nutritional benefits of beans along with tips and

tasty recipes for your menus. ECE program staff with breastfeeding. Gain
confidence by discovering how-tos for honoring

Kaci Vohland, MS, RDN, LD, Bean Institute families feeding choices and receive free toolkit

Jessica Bridgman, RDN, LDN, MPH, Carolina Global Breastfeeding
Daina C. Huntley, MPH, CHES, Carolina Global Breastfeeding

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CACFP Administrative Budgets CACFP Training Program &

Learn tips and best practices S5 Nutrition Calendar Education Tracks
on the preparation of an
Where else can you find nutrition Nutrition
acceptable administrative budget. information, CACFP best practices,
table crafts, physical activities, business • All About Beans
Topics will include the importance of tips, provider training modules, parent
provider connection letters, child care • Awareness, Accommodations
strategic planning, using historical curriculum, and record keeping all in Management: Diabetes in the CACFP
one place? NCA’s Nutrition Calendar
financial information to develop the & Training Program is perfect for • Best Practices in Garden to Early
providers, centers and afterschool sites. Childhood
budget, determining what expenses The 56-page calendar record keeping
system and 5-hour training program • Breastfeeding at CACFP Sites
are allowable/ unallowable, identifying is available in bulk for less than $4 per
provider. • CACFP Creditable Resources for
staffing requirements, how excess Professionals
Jennifer Basey, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors
administrative funds affect the budget Association • The CICN Presents an Exploration of
and updating the budget throughout
• Continuous Quality Improvement
the year.
• Creating a Breastfeeding-Friendly
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff Child Care Program

CACFP Creditable Resources for • Cutting Through Carbohydrate
• Dishing Up Local Foods with Farm to
Learn about the nutrition S1 A Call to Action for Policy CACFP

education resources which are Makers: Feeding Young Children • Gardens in Childcare

available free-of-charge, including the During COVID-19 • Identifying Whole Grain-Rich

guides for Identifying Whole Grain- Learn the strategies state S7 • Ingredients for Nutrition in Early
Rich, determining sugar content in CACFP directors adapted Childhood

cereals and yogurt, and which milk during COVID-19 to ensure children • Making a Muffin Tin Recipe Box
to serve in the CACFP. Create your continued to receive meals through the
• Managing Food Allergies in Child Care
own toolkit of meal pattern materials emergency response waivers issued by Centers
and nutrition education flyers to use USDA. Discuss the policy implications
• Mindful Eating
in your program and share with your and action-oriented strategies for
community. continuing to feed children. • My Kid Plate Garden Project

Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association Dipti Dev, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln • Nuts and Bolts of Meal Planning for
Carly Hillburn, MS, RD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Child Care Centers
CACFP and Head Start Food Alison Tovar, MPH, PhD, University of Rhode Island
• On-Trend CACFP Recipes
Service Regulations Child Nutrition Reauthorization
• Passport to Latino Traditions and
We will focus on the S4 Child Nutrition Program S7 Culture Impacting Food Choices in
performance standards that Reauthorization is in the works. America

govern child nutrition and how they Learn what it means to CACFP • A Rainbow A Week: Embracing Our
Meal Patterns
align with the CACFP program to & SFSP.
• Smart & Creditable Snacks
provide good nutrition to children

in Head Start. Also, learn what’s new Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP, Wildwood CACFP
Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association
in the HS performance standards Geri Henchy, MPH, RD, Food Research and Action Center

concerning child nutrition.

Rhonda Kobylecky, CCNP, CMP, Acelero Learning Two -Hour Session

The CICN Presents an

Two -Hour Session Exploration of Flavor

CACFP Menu Planning 101 Join the Culinary Institute of S1
Child Nutrition’s Chefs as they
Discover how to use Team S2
Nutrition and Institute of Child take you through a series of activities

Nutrition (ICN) resources to understand and exercises to understand the five

and apply CACFP meal pattern basic tastes and how to make your

requirements, identify creditable foods, menu items more flavorful through the

and plan cycle menus. Attendees use of herbs, spices, and culinary acids.

will learn how to incorporate menu Chef Patrick Garmong, Institute of Child Nutrition
Chef Garrett Berdan, RDN, Institute of Child Nutrition
planning principles such as balance,

variety, contrast, color, and appearance

when creating nutritious and appealing

menus for CACFP meals and snacks.

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Civil Rights Compliance and Creating a Breastfeeding- Cutting Through Carbohydrate

Special Diets in the CACFP Friendly Child Care Program Confusion

What is required for a child S7 What is a breastfeeding- S1 Let’s clear up the carbohydrate S1
with a food allergy or special friendly child care, and why is confusion! We’ll give a research

diet need? Come and learn how to breastfeeding so important? Join us to update on the nutritional advantages

best support the needs of the child learn more! We will share about why of whole grains and explore examples

while balancing program regulations. child care programs should support of popular carbohydrate “myths”

Review real world examples with breastfeeding families and how that and examine the scientific evidence

solutions and lists of creditable foods, support helps moms to meet their supporting common carbohydrate

tools and resources while maintaining nursing goals. You will learn all the conundrums. Providers will develop

compliance with civil rights. information you need on how to thoughtful, evidence-based tactics for

Kate Abernathy, CCNP, CMP, LDN, MS, RDN, Providers properly store and prepare breast milk. answering common questions.
Caliste Chong, MS, Alabama Partnership for Children Kelly LeBlanc, LDN, RD, Oldways
Christina LeVert, MS, RD, LD, CLC, Alabama Partnership
Connecting Meal Times to for Children

Learning Outcomes Framework Developing a CACFP Budget

The Head Start Early Learning S2 Creating a Successful At-Risk Now that you know the S5
Outcomes Framework lays Afterschool Meal Program basics of how to develop an

out the skills, behaviors and learning Learn how a small inner- S4 administrative budget, this session
city non-profit organization
experiences that all programs must will dive into details and best practices

offer for all children. Discover the with no previous experience created about how to tailor a budget to your

natural learning experiences around a successful At-Risk Afterschool CACFP operation.

meal times and how being intentional Meal Program. Leave with the keys USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

in the way we use these experiences to developing public and private

can strengthen your programs partnerships, creating a super staff,

approach to the HSELOF. building community value and Developmentally Appropriate

providing amazing meals. Practices and Diversity in Early

Sheila Tompkins-Hess, Division of Child & Family Services Keith Johnson, Kooking4Kids Education

Many educators are often S1

Two -Hour Session Creative Solutions to Provide stumped with how to make

Continuous Quality Improvement Nutrition Education During a diversity and inclusion education work

What is a CQI plan and why do Pandemic within their programs. Understand the

you need one? We’ll explore why S1 importance of diversity in education

nutrition should be a CQI plan within Looking for ways to provide S3 and how to use developmentally
nutrition education virtually?
your program and why having a CQI Learn tips and creative ways to appropriate practices when addressing

plan goal of decreasing your students’ enhance nutrition education offerings diversity and education with children
at CACFP and SFSP sites.
BMI is important for your program. and their families to make a lasting and

Walk away knowing how to create the positive difference.

right nutrition assessment and how Milicent Crosby, RD, LD, Mississippi Food Network Temesha Ragan, MEd, Perfect Start Learning
Kamryn Gooden, Mississippi Food Network Consulting
Farm to Early Care implementation

can play a vital role in decreasing your Crediting Basics and Beyond:
Crediting Handbook for the
students’ BMI. CACFP Dishing Up Local Foods with

Jami Lee-Rokala, MS, LN, CCNP, CFPM, CLC, Tri-Valley Join the USDA for this interactive S1 Farm to CACFP
Opportunity Council, Inc. session on the new Crediting
Debra Cooper, CCNP, CFPM, Tri-Valley Opportunity Handbook for CACFP. We will review Learn about serving local foods, S1
Council, Inc. the ins and outs of each of the five gardening and food-related
required meal components, discuss nutrition education activities in child
both creditable and non-creditable care settings. Understand the benefits
food items, and engage the audience in of exposing young children to locally
hands-on crediting exercises. You won’t grown foods and how Farm to CACFP
want to miss it! activities can be easily integrated into
a child care environment. Leave with
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff resources to train this workshop to
program participants.

Kate Abernathy, CCNP, CMP, LDN, MS, RDN, Providers
Katie Chatfield, RDN, MPH, Providers Choice

16 National CACFP Sponsors Association

RDisecosveor Nuerwces & Products Education Tracks

Visit with food manufacturers, food service vendors, nutrition education resource Head Start
providers, software solution companies, and training and accounting consultants. Pick
up resources from USDA’s Team Nutrition and interact with many other organizations • CACFP and Head Start Food Service
leading the change in the child nutrition landscape. Exhibit hall hours are scheduled so Regulations
you can connect with key support organizations in between trainings.
• Connecting Meal Times to Learning
Exhibitor Hall Hours Wednesday, April 20 Thursday, April 21 Outcomes Framework
11:00 am - 2:00 pm 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, April 19 • Movement and Fun: Learn Ways to
9:00 am - 1:30 pm Promote Active Play with Infants and
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Toddlers

• Nutritious Ideas for Head Start

• Smarten Up Snack Time

• Why Nutrition Matters in Head Start

Partners, Sponsors & Exhibitors At-Risk Afterschool

Track Sponsored by
• Leveraging Lessons Learned to

Improve Your Afterschool Meals

• Solutions & Strategies for Evolving
At-Risk Out of School Time Meal

• Supper’s Ready: Transitioning from
Snacks to Supper

Summer Food

Track Sponsored by
• From Hot to Cold: Create an Award

Winning SFSP Cold Lunch Menu

• Innovate SFSP with Super Fun Events
and Creative Promotions

• Leveraging Lessons Learned to
Improve Your Summer Food

• Sponsoring Summer Food: Keys to
Financial Management

• Summer Meals: Making the Most of the

• USDA SFSP Update 17


Eat. Create. Cultivate. Fun with Gardens in Childcare Healthy Beginnings Create

Food Through Positive Mealtime Do children in your facility know S1 Healthy Futures: Equity in ECE
how they get food or where it
Experiences grows? Creating gardens with children Programs
help them understand where fresh
Come learn ideas and tools S1 food comes from. Join us and learn Child care professionals have S1
about the importance of gardening
providers can use to implement with children and its developmental a powerful opportunity to create
positive mealtimes. Topics include learning environments that provide
Cheryl Moss, A Mother’s Touch Center for
Smarter Mealtimes, examining picky Child Development children with a healthy start in life.

eaters’ behaviors while identifying tips Dive into health equity and learn the

for creating adventurous eaters and key practices to encourage optimal

engaging child participation in the physical health and wellness. Create a

kitchen. Leave with strategies, recipes plan on how you can support healthy

and activities that engage children of growth and development for children.

any age! Going Digital Painlessly: Making Caliste Chong, MS, Alabama Partnership for Children

Kate Abernathy, CCNP, CMP, LDN, MS, RDN, Providers Your Work Life Easier
Digitizing an office may seem
like a daunting task, but as S4 Identifying Whole Grain-Rich

Flawless Audits for Multi- the recent pandemic has shown all of Serving whole grain-rich (WGR) S1
grains is an important element
Program and Multi-State us, it’s becoming more needed and

Sponsors even necessary. Learn how to set up of the meal pattern. Learn how to

digital files to make audits, reviews, identify which products meet the

Sponsors need strong S5 accounting and provider interactions whole grain-rich regulations. Trainers
organization, clear cost
smoother and easier. can use this workshop to support

allocation, and excellence in monitoring CACFP participants.

to be prepared for your state audit. Susan Ison, CMP, Helping Hands, Inc.

Learn how to operate so State Agencies Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association

find it a breeze to perform your Grant Writing 101

Management Evaluations. New to grant writing? Learn S5 Ingredients for Nutrition in Early
Rev. Dr. Larry Karow, CMP, CCNP, D.Div, UMCFood how to read and respond to a
Luke Ruter, UMCFood Good nutrition is an important S1
Jolene Benedict, UMCFood Request for Proposal when applying ingredient of a healthy lifestyle.
Dean Faulkner, UMCFood Eating healthy foods helps children
for a grant. Get tips on how to write a get the nutrients their bodies need to
nourish their minds, bodies and spirits
statement of need, outline measurable to stay healthy, active and strong.
Learn more about the best practices of
From Hot to Cold: Create an objectives and evaluation measures, nutrition.

Award Winning SFSP Cold Lunch and put together budget justifications. Pasha Norwood, Ed.S, Ed.D, Lyssa Laine’s

Menu Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association

Cold meals can be high-quality, healthy Healthier CACFP Gold Award:
and reach children in a variety of
non-traditional settings. Learn how to Promoting Best Practices
work with key community partners to
bring cold meals to the Summer Food Establishing the Three Es S1 Innovate SFSP with Super Fun
Service Program. Presented by a 2017 (education, exercise, eating
Silver and 2018 Gold USDA Turnip the Events and Creative Promotions
Beet award winner. right) is a grant opportunity provided
by TDA to promote better health and How do you create awareness for SFSP?
K. Elise Lindstrom, MA, RD, Marion County Public Let’s explore the benefits of super fun
Health Department nutrition to prevent obesity among events, mascot programs, inviting
Tikilia Tinker-Martin, CCNP, Indianapolis Parks and children. Learn how past participants email campaigns, sustainable social
Recreation media and more. Learn how to plan
worked with community organizations memorable events and celebrations,
to implement healthier menus, farm engage community stakeholders,
customize meal sponsor promotions
fresh projects, nutrition education, and and how to find grant support to pay
how they increased physical activity. for it all.

Melinda Nguyen, LD, MS, RDN, Texas Department Tamara Baker, Carolina Hunger Initiative and No
of Agriculture Kid Hungry NC
Jessica Soldavini, LDN, MPH, PhD, RD, Carolina
Become an NCA member Hunger Initiative and No Kid Hungry NC

Member Get member rates on conference registration, up-to-date policy
memos and cutting-edge resource materials for your organization.

18 National CACFP Sponsors Association

In Their Words: How Meal iTrain, You Train: Tools and Education Tracks

Providers Survived and Thrived Strategies for Training Your Program Admin/
Hear how the NC Summer S4 CACFP Staff
• CACFP Menu Planning 101
Nutrition Program sponsors and Need to train, but limited on S3
• Crediting Basics and Beyond: An In-
sites raised the bar on serving meals time? Come learn about The Depth Look at the Crediting Handbook
for the CACFP
to children during the pandemic. By Institute of Child Nutrition’s iTrain
• Going Digital Painlessly: Making Your
thinking out of the box, they were able Lessons. They are short training lessons Work Life Easier

to form new partnerships, marketing for CACFP professionals to use in 20 • Healthy Beginnings Create Healthy
Futures: Equity in ECE Programs
strategies, and ways to use their minutes or less. You’ll receive user-
• More on Meal Patterns
volunteers. Analyze the data from friendly training tips and strategies for
• Steps to Success Sponsoring Centers
similar projects so you can apply these training CACFP professionals.
strategies to your own program.
• CACFP Training Program & Nutrition
Jessica Soldavini, LDN, MPH, PhD, RD, Carolina Danielle Barrett, EdD, RDN, Institute of Child Calendar
Hunger Initiative and No Kid Hungry NC Nutrition
Tamara Baker, Carolina Hunger Initiative and No Janae Owens, MS, CHES, Institute of Child Nutrition • Taking the Paper Out of CACFP
Kid Hungry NC Paperwork

Investigating Fraud, Waste & Lessons Learned: Partnerships to Management
Address Food Insecurity
Abuse in Federally-Funded • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Hear about this national project S7 and Diversity in Early Education
Programs S5 aimed to foster collaboration
within state systems, including CACFP • Nonprofit Board Recruitment and
Gain insight on investigating providers, early care educators and Development
pediatricians to improve food insecurity
allegations of non-compliance screening, referral and resource delivery • Policies and Procedures for CACFP
to families. Take away strategies to Success
in the CACFP and SFSP. Learn how to build partnerships addressing food
insecurity in your community. • Presentation Pointers
identify red flags during a monitoring
Laura Conklin MPH, American Academy of Pediatrics • Professional Networking: Strategies
review and take home interview Florence Rivera, MPH, CAE, American Academy of and Tips
techniques, sampling methodologies, Caron Gremont, Share Our Strength
Haily Rauzi, MPH, American Academy of Pediatrics
and best practices which have been Dana Bennett-Tejes, MA, MNM, American Academy of
instrumental in identifying fraud,
Lessons Learned: Serving 5.5
waste, and abuse in federally funded Million Meals in a Pandemic

programs. Hear the story of how the community
came together to ensure children were
Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles Company, CPA, PC not left hungry when schools shut
down in March 2020. Over 12 school
Iteration, Innovation and districts and countless nonprofit
Collaboration: Child Nutrition & partners joined forces to serve over 5.5
Community Wellness Hubs million meals in Louisiana.

What is a community wellness S3 Emily Chatelain, MBA, Three O’Clock Project
hub, and how can partnerships

with park and recreation agencies

support the health of children and their

families? Learn how a collaboration

of a parks and recreation agency,

partners, and community members

can implement innovative food access

strategies to support health and well-

being. Leveraging Lessons Learned to

Liliana Ruiz Fischer, MPH, National Recreation and Improve Your Afterschool Meals
Park Association
Martina Leforce, Grow Appalachia The past two years have S2
Maureen Newmann, National Recreation and Park
Association presented both challenges

and opportunities for the At-Risk

Afterschool Meals Program. Hear from

Afterschool Meals operators on how

they plan to leverage lessons learned

and answer your questions.

Paige Pokorney, MPH, Share Our Strength 19


Leveraging Lessons Learned to Mindful Eating My Kid Plate Garden Project
Improve Your Summer Food
Being mindful of the food you S1 Nutrition education can assist in S1
The past two years have presented both addressing food insecurity in
challenges and opportunities for the eat promotes better digestion food desert communities. Our dietitian
Summer Food Service Program. Hear lead project aims to increase access to
from summer food operators on how and influences wiser choices about healthy food options at early childhood
they plan to leverage lessons learned education centers while increasing
and answer your questions. what you eat in the future. Come nutrition education. Discuss ideas to
incorporate hands-on learning through
Paige Pokorney, MPH, Share Our Strength discover how to create connections gardening, recipes for menus, and
snack ideas for the classroom.
to the food you’re serving in your
Alexis D. Motley, MS, RDN, LDN, Louisiana State
program with an “in the moment” University

experience while teaching children

to pay attention to the experience of

eating and drinking, both physically

Making a Muffin Tin Recipe Box and psychologically.

Are you or your family home S1 Christina Flythe, MA, CCNP, MSW, Child Care Council of
child care providers having Suffolk, Inc.

trouble serving mixed foods Nonprofit Board Recruitment and

and not serving the right quantities? More on Meal Patterns Development

We’ll teach you how to use our muffin We’re here to clarify your meal S2

tin hack and you’ll work in groups to pattern questions! We’ll answer What makes an effective board S6
member and how do you find
develop a new recipe to share with commonly asked questions, show

fellow attendees. Together, we’ll review how to access training from USDA one? Join us for a look at how to

your ingredients to ensure you’re ready Team Nutrition, and explore additional recruit high-quality board members.

to make a muffin tin recipe box back resources. Get an overview of what constitutes

home. an effective board and how to develop

Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association strategies to make each board member

Denise Andrews, CCNP, CMP, For the Children, Inc. an effective contributor and supporter

Movement & Fun: Learn Ways to of your organization. Leave with

Managing Food Allergies in Child sample recruitment letter, sample job

Care Centers Promote Active Play with Infants description and networking strategies.

Preventing exposure to food S1 and Toddlers Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association
allergens for children with food
Learn fun, developmentally S1

allergies is crucial to their safety. Good appropriate physical activities to Nutritious Ideas for Head Start

food safety practices help keep these play with infants and toddlers in

children safe. Learn best practices for CACFP child care homes and centers Want to improve nutrition and S1
agriculture education in the
managing food allergies in child care and Early Head Start classrooms.

centers and provide input for the Child Consider the many benefits of physical classroom? Learn how to educate your

Care Center Food Safety Kit. activity and how these activities help children with hands-on activities to

meet recommended best practices. explain how food is grown, why eating

Liz Dixon, MS, Institute of Child Nutrition View demonstrations and videos of fruits and vegetables is important, and

these activities so you can apply these the importance of trying new foods.

ideas in your own trainings. Laura Sheffield, LD, MS, RDN, Community Action Council

Diane H. Craft, PhD, Active Play Books

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Nuts and Bolts of Meal Planning Two -Hour Session Education Tracks

for Child Care Centers Policies and Procedures for Financial Management

Gain an understanding of S2 CACFP Success • CACFP Administrative Budgets
the key considerations for • Developing a CACFP Budget
Policies and procedures are • Flawless Audits for Multi-Program and
planning CACFP creditable meals that S6
the fundamental foundation of Multi-State Sponsors
align with your center’s meal service • Grant Writing 101
a successful CACFP Organization. Learn • Investigating Fraud, Waste & Abuse in
capabilities. Learn how to design the pitfalls of policies and procedures,
Federally Funded Programs
delicious, appealing, seasonal, and receive a template to write better
policies and practice writing actual Program Spotlight
culturally appropriate child-friendly
• Creating a Successful At-Risk
menus. Review a checklist outlining policies. Attendees will walk away Afterschool Meal Program
with a step-by-step guide to train on
streamlined menu planning processes, • Healthier CACFP Gold Award:
Promoting Best Practices
and foodservice procurement improved CACFP management and
administration for better organizational • In Their Words: How Meal Providers
strategies to avoiding food waste and Survived and Thrived

over-ordering. success. • Iteration, Innovation and Collaboration:
Child Nutrition and Community
Salome Pemberton, CCNP, MPH, RD, RDN, Tamika Figgs, MS, ESC 11 Wellness Hubs
NY Enrichment Group Amanda Tucker, CMP, CCNP, LSS, TITAN - LINQ
Pam Darby, MS, RD, RDN, MPH, NY Enrichment Group • Lessons Learned: Partnerships to
Address Food Insecurity
On-Trend CACFP Recipes Presentation Pointers
• Lessons Learned: Serving 5.5 Million
Cycle menus require planning S2 Presenting is hard work! We will S3 Meals in a Pandemic
discuss tips to help you become
and forecasting as well as recipe a more successful trainer and the key • Share Successes: Happily Healthy
components for developing a complete Meal Kits
and menu development. Fight menu and engaging presentation.
• Statewide Collaboration: Developing
fatigue by seeing how popular foods Jennifer Basey, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Guidance for Meal Quality
can be versatile and support your Want to present at the National
Child Nutrition Conference? We’re
program. See what others are doing still accepting proposals for this year.

and take home their recipes and ideas. Visit
to submit your proposal!
Malissa Marsden, SNS, Child Nutrition Support Services Professional Networking:

Passport to Latino Traditions and Strategies and Tips

Culture Impacting Food Choices Are you a digital ghost? S6
Do you know how to start
in America
conversations? Join us to learn how to
Learn to become more aware of S1 implement strategies both in person
the traditional foods in Hispanic
cuisine and how to break the barriers and on social media to help meet
with the Latino culture. Leave with people and advance your career.
a better understanding of Hispanic
culture, common Latin American Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association
ingredients, family dynamics and the
foods we love. A Rainbow a Week: Embracing
Our Meal Patterns
Sylvia E. Klinger, RDN, Hispanic Food Communications,
Inc. An analogy on how we changed S1
society in one generation
Perspectives on Promoting by reaching our youngest leads this
uplifting and positive message meant
Access to the CACFP for everyone. While it’s impractical to
expect child care to serve ‘A Rainbow
Want to learn about research S7 A Day,’ we can absolutely serve ‘A
Rainbow A Week.’ Learn simple
on improving access to CACFP? concepts to increase our rainbow of
choices and take home recipes which
We’ll highlight current work from three feature fruits and vegetables.

research studies examining actionable Malissa Marsden, SNS, Child Nutrition Support Services
policy and programmatic strategies to

improve access to the CACFP in Illinois
and New Mexico, including sustaining

policies and innovations born out of the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, University of Illinois-Chicago
Yuka Asada, RD, PhD, University of Illinois-Chicago
Brenda Davis Koester, MS, Family Resiliency Center
Hailey Heinz, MA, University of New Mexico 21


The Recipe for Healthy Emotions Smarten Up Snack Time

and Eating Explore how snack time can S1 Two -Hour Session
be more than just crackers
Do you have some children who S1 Start Strong: A Cooking
can never get food out of their and juice. Let’s focus on nutrition
mind and are never satisfied after a Curriculum for Family Child Care
meal or snack? Do some children in and learning! Discuss unique, multi-
your care constantly ask for “more” or Providers
refuse to eat all together? Explore the purpose and make-your-own snack
social and emotional development of Child care providers may lack
the child’s relationship with eating and ideas that can be incorporated into the cooking skills and time S3
food especially as it relates to what’s
behind their hunger. your lesson planning. Let’s make snack needed to prepare healthy foods. Learn

Cheryl Hazek, MSW, LCSW, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago time a fun and educational experience how to teach the Start Strong: Cooking,
Marion Campbell, MA, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
for all. Feeding and More curriculum. Topics

Caitlin Boland, RD, LDN, Novick Childcare Solutions include: knife skills, adding flavor
Tracie Mercado, CCHA, CCHC, Novick Childcare Solutions
Marcia Wileczek, CMP, CCNP, Novick Childcare Solutions without salt, cooking with beans, menu

planning and more.

Share Successes: Happily Sponsoring Summer Food: Keys Mary Schroeder, RD, LD, MPH, University of Minnesota
to Financial Management Extension
Kelly Kunkel, MS, University of Minnesota Extension
You’re already working the food
Healthy Meal Kits program and are ready to expand to Statewide Collaboration:
summer feeding. Hear about best
Learn how the Happily Healthy S1 practices to ensure proper internal
program provided monthly controls for successful financial
management and mitigate high risk Developing Guidance for Meal
program areas.
meal kits, nutrition education, recipes, Quality
Cherese Myree, CFE, MH Miles Company, CPA, PC
and nutrition program resources to Learn how representatives S7

SIUC Head Start families. The program from three state agencies

supported the food security needs collaborated to develop consistent

of families while educating them on messaging for Arizona’s ECE staff and

cooking skills, budgeting, MyPlate, technical assistance providers. The

physical activity and family meals. Solutions and Strategies for outcome was an attractive meal quality

Discuss what items were included in Evolving At-Risk Out of School infographic outlining state licensing

the meal kits and what families learned Time Meal Programs and CACFP regulatory foundations

from the program. The Afterschool Meal program S2 along with best practices informed by
landscape has changed
Laura Duckworth, SIUC Head Start Caring for Our Children, Go NAPSACC,
Dawn Null, LDN, PhD, RD, Southern Illinois University drastically over the last two years.
Toni Kay Wright, University of Illinois Extension and USDA Team Nutrition.
Hear from national providers as they

spotlight strategies to successfully Erin Raczynski, RD, MPH, Arizona Dept of Education
Bonnie Williams, MA, Arizona Dept of Education
Smart & Creditable Snacks evolve and ensure youth have Melisha Bryant, Arizona Dept of Education

Snacks are an essential part S1 continued access to the healthy food

of daily meal plans and fill a gap they need to thrive during out of school Steps to Success Sponsoring

for energy and nutrients needed for time. Centers

play, learning, and growth. Chef Brenda Stacey McDaniel, MS, YMCA of the USA If you’re a new sponsor of S4
Mya Price, MS, Feeding America centers or are thinking of
will demonstrate easy to prepare, kid- Clarissa Hayes, Food Research and Action Center

friendly snacks that meet the CACFP starting the center journey, come learn

snack meal pattern. Receive ready-to- the steps you’ll need to successfully

go snack recipes, tips for encouraging start your centers and get them on

kids to try new foods and kitchen hacks their way to claiming. From initial

for easy snack preparation. contact, to establishing procedures, to

Chef Brenda Thompson-Wattles, LD, RDN, training and to maintaining success on
BLT Food & Nutrition LLC
the program.

Alix Pasillas, CMP, CCNP, Food for Kids

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Straw Bales: A New Way to Taking the Paper Out of CACFP Education Tracks

Garden Paperwork Train-the-Trainer

No space? No soil? No problem. S1 Are you tired of keeping track of CACFP • ABCs of a Healthy Me
Learn how to start a straw bale paperwork? What if we told you we • Creative Solutions to Provide Nutrition
could cut the time you spend on
garden from beginning to end. You will paperwork in half? Join us to learn how Education During a Pandemic
KidKare by Minute Menu solves the • Eat. Create. Cultivate. Fun with
be ready to plant and grow with the CACFP paper problem—by taking all
the CACFP paperwork and reporting Food Through Positive Mealtime
children in your care this Spring! digital. Whether you sponsor homes, Experiences
centers, or both, we have a solution for • iTrain, You Train: Tools and Strategies
Pamela Heisler, CCNP, Food for Kids you. With 30 years of experience, we are for Training Your CACFP Staff
Alix Pasillas, CMP, CCNP, Food for Kids continuing to make CACFP easier and • Start Strong: A Cooking Curriculum for
more manageable. Join us to learn how Family Child Care Providers
Summer Meals: Making the Most we can help you!
Policy & Advocacy
of the Pandemic Danielle Jones, KidKare by Minute Menu
• Advancing Health Equity in Child
Gain an understanding of the impact of Why Nutrition Matters in Head Nutrition
the COVID-19 pandemic on the SFSP.
Review the lessons we learned from Start • A Call to Action for Policy Makers:
collecting data and interviewing state Feeding Young Children During
agencies, sponsors, and families so Head Start has been around S1 COVID-19
you can apply them to your program. for five decades and counting.
Discuss ideas on how to capitalize • Child Nutrition Reauthorization
on current opportunities to improve Its unique design offers comprehensive • Civil Rights Compliance and Special
families participation and access to education, health, and nutrition
healthy meals. Diets in the CACFP
services to low-income children. Come • USDA CACFP Update
Sally Mancini, MPH, UConn Rudd Center for Food learn why nutrition matters in Head
Policy & Health
Marlene Schwartz, PhD, UConn Rudd Center for
Food Policy & Health

Supper’s Ready: Transitioning Start and how you can meet the
nutritional needs of our country’s most
from Snacks to Supper
vulnerable children.
Wondering how to transition a S4
long-term snack site to an ARAS Shauna Payne, AAP, Tallatoona CAP Head Start
supper site? Learn how to identify a
site, prep the facility, provide training
and go live! We’ll take a look at the
impact and benefits of transitioning
your site.

Catherine Montgomery, MS, RD, LD, CHES,
Mississippi Food Network
Cassandra Mobley, Mississippi Food Network

Available online at Research & Resources

cacf • Perspectives on Promoting Access to
Find resources to help you
continue to run a high-quality • The Recipe for Healthy Emotions and
CACFP operation. Eating

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