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2022-2023 How to Master the CACFP AR (CDSS-001)

This training describes the Administrative Review (AR) process and provides valuable information for users with the goal to increase knowledge of the CACFP AR process, increase confidence in meeting program requirements and oversight, provide tips for organizing and providing all requested documents at the start of the AR, and provide useful tips to avoid AR findings.

2022-2023 CACFP Annual Mandatory Training (CDSS-110)

This course is designed for returning Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) staff and will review the regulations and procedures of the CACFP to assist CACFP Operators with regulatory compliance.

2022-2023 Civil Rights Training (CDSS-150)

Program institutions and facilities receiving federal financial assistance are required to comply with federal civil rights laws to ensure all child nutrition program participants have equal access to all benefits and services. This course will review civil rights regulations, and provide all information necessary to ensure that your program is in compliance with these requirements.

Procurement for CACFP Operators (CDSS-181)

All CACFP operators must procure all goods and services through competitive practices while following all applicable federal regulations as set forth in Title 2, Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR), sections 200.318–326 and Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), sections 226.6(i), 226.21 and 226.22. This course will define procurement and will provide an overview of the types of procurement methods, strategies for local purchasing, and purchasing from a Food Service Management Company. Lastly, participants will understand the federal requirement that all CACFP Operators must develop and maintain two procurement documents: Written procurement procedures and a written code of conduct.

CACFP Performance Standards (CDSS-130)

CACFP regulations require that all new and participating CACFP institutions meet and maintain compliance with the three Performance Standards; Financial Management and Viability, Administrative Capability, and Program Accountability. This course is designed to guide CACFP institutions to better understand the importance of the Performance Standards, the reason that they were developed, and the criteria used to determine compliance.

Cheering On Healthy Eaters (CDSS-584)

Participants will learn behavioral strategies to motivate children to make healthy choices. Participants will understand how to be good role models for healthy eating and engage children in fun activities that inspire curiosity about food.

Feeding Infants in Child Nutrition Programs (CDSS-583)

This course will examine the growth and development of infants and how to make healthy food choices for infants to support this development. We will review breastfeeding, bottle feeding and introduction to solid foods. Participants will be able to select healthy menus and understand the CACFP meal patterns for infants.

Making Sense of Gluten-Free (CDSS-581)

This training provides an overview of gluten-free diets, including identifying gluten in food and preventing cross-contact. Participants will be able to identify foods that contain gluten, find gluten on food labels and determine strategies to meet the needs of children on gluten-free diets.

Managing Diets for Children with Food Allergies in Child Nutrition Programs (CDSS-580)

This training provides an overview of food allergies, an explanation of regulations for labeling food allergens, and a description of best practices for food allergy plans. Participants will practice finding common allergens on ingredient lists and identify practices that will keep children with food allergies from coming into contact with food that could trigger a reaction.

Food Safety Essentials (CDSS-555)

Spend the next hour with us learning about basic food safety and sanitation principles! We’ll review why food safety is an integral part of your operations, the dangers of foodborne illness, and how to apply these lessons to your day-to-day tasks and activities. This course will also cover motivating employees to follow food safety processes and protocols. Feeding children and adults is a noble profession – don’t let a food safety slip mar the reputation of your program!

Management Plans (CORE-840)

This course will discuss the definition, purpose and components of a management plan. Participants will learn how to evaluate, monitor, revise and submit the management plan. Participants will also discuss the CACFP performance standard and share best practices.

Recordkeeping and Claims for Reimbursement in the CACFP (CORE-830)

This course will review CACFP recordkeeping requirements and explain how maintaining records relate to the submission of an accurate claim for reimbursement. Participants will identify common CACFP records and discuss frequent issues associated with recordkeeping and management practices that adversely impact claims for reimbursement. Participants will learn the CACFP edit check requirements and discuss best practices for submission of a claim for reimbursement.

Experiencing Food through the Five Senses (CDSS-552)

Children learn about the world around them by experiencing and exploring their environments. Giving children opportunities to explore and experience their food by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing and hearing it taps into their natural curiosity and uses their preferred mode of learning to teach them about good nutrition from an early age. What they learn about food and nutrition can have lasting effects into adulthood. Let’s spend the next hour learning about the five senses and how to pique that natural curiosity with fun and easy sensory-based food and nutrition education activities!

CACFP Budgets (CORE-870)

This course will discuss the importance of the CACFP budget and how it relates to the management plan and the CACFP performance standards. Participants will obtain an overview of the federal cost principles and how they relate to the CACFP budget. Participants will also learn the key steps for creating a CACFP budget and receive best practices for developing and monitoring a CACFP budget.

Internal Controls (CORE-850)

In this course, participants will learn the purposes, components and principles of internal controls. Participants will demonstrate how to document, assess and monitor internal controls as well as identify common program areas where internal controls are essential.

Serious Deficiency (CORE-820)

“Serious Deficiency” will provide an overview of the CACFP serious deficiency process for day care home providers. Participants will learn the purpose of the serious deficiency process and the six steps of the serious deficiency process. Sponsoring organizations will also learn best practices for implementing the serious deficiency process for day care home providers.

Monitoring and Oversight (CORE-810)

“Monitoring & Oversight” will provide an overview of the federal CACFP monitoring requirements for sponsoring organizations. Participants will learn the purpose and importance of monitoring, the federally required monitoring review elements, and best practices for conducting monitoring reviews.

Financial Viability (CORE-800)

“Financial Viability” will provide an overview of the CACFP Performance Standards and focus on the requirements specific to financial viability. Participants will learn various ways to demonstrate and evaluate financial viability as well as identify the appropriate records to maintain.

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Build It Once; Serve It Time and Time Again: Using Cycle Menus and Standardized Recipes (CDSS-504)

How important is menu planning to a meal program? The menu plan influences every aspect of the meal program – including purchasing and preparing foods, ensuring that your meals are CACFP creditable, providing adequate nutritional value, accounting for dietary restrictions, and satisfying the tastebuds of the children in your care. In this one hour session, participants will learn about standardized recipes, cycle menus and the benefits of using both of these great tools to maximize kitchen efficiency and food budgets.

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Spice It Up! Infusing Flavor In Your CACFP Menus (CDSS-510)

Are your meals lackluster? Want to increase flavor, decrease plate waste, and increase meal consumption without making a huge impact to your budget? Step into the world of flavor, spices and seasonings! Take a trip through the herb garden and around the seasoning world while learning how to incorporate herbs and spices into your CACFP menus.

Enhancing Meal Appeal For CACFP – Feeding Their Senses! (CDSS-501)

Explore how to enhance your CACFP meals and decrease food waste by planning and preparing meals that appeal to all 5 senses. In this one hour session, participants will learn how to examine menus and prepare meals that not only taste great, but look, smell, feel and even sound great!

Getting Everyone on the Same Plate: Teaching Teachers About the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CDSS-503)

This training is all about the Child and Adult Care Food Program or CACFP. The course covers topics such as what the CACFP program is and what it does, who is eligible to sponsor or offer the CACFP and which children are eligible to participate or receive meals through the program. In addition, the course covers CACFP meal patterns, how to accommodate children with disabilities that affect the diet and recordkeeping requirements that are important for everyone involved with the CACFP to be aware of – even teachers!

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CACFP Snacks in a Jiffy! (CDSS-519)

Want to serve CACFP Snacks, but you are limited on preparation space? Want to learn what snacks you can serve in a pinch when you are short on staff? In this one hour session, participants will learn how to provide variety in a CACFP menu, while still striving for optimal nutrition with a snack meal that requires little to no preparation.

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Exploring and Eliminating Choking Hazards in CACFP Menu Planning (CDSS-520)

Did you know that choking is the 4th leading cause of death for children under age 5? Have you ever thought about what might be a choking hazard in your CACFP Menu? In this engaging one hour study, participants will learn common food choking hazards, explore cooking methods to prevent choking hazards, and learn best practice service methods to prevent choking in their child care setting.

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