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Child and Adult Care Food Program Training

Contact Information

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

360-725-6200
TTY:
360-664-3631

To participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), all sponsors must meet minimum training requirements.

Mandatory Trainings

  • Intro to CACFP- This technical assistance workshop is required for all NEW sponsors.
  • Annual Training- This training occurs yearly. For more information, sign up for our CNS Updates to stay in the loop!
  • Civil Rights- This training is an annual requirement for all CACFP sponsors and their employees.

Technical Assistance Workshops for New Institutions

Please note: We are currently conducting this training via webinar. Register to attend a Technical Assistance Workshop.

New institutions must attend training on program requirements prior to approval of the application. Failure to attend a training workshop will result in the application not being approved in a timely manner. In addition, institutions who hire new staff during the fiscal year may want to send them to one of the program workshops. 

You must contact the specialist assigned to your county before registering for a session.

Annual Training

Annual Training is required for continued participation in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). At a minimum, the person responsible for oversight of the CACFP must participate in annual training. This training is intended for directors and administrators, and monitors are encouraged to participate. At a minimum, the person responsible for oversight of the CACFP must attend. This training is intended for directors and administrators. Monitors are encouraged to attend.

This training is mandatory; the FY2021 renewal agreement will not be approved until the appropriate person has attended training.

Child Care Centers, Family Day Care Home Sponsors, & At-Risk Program Community Sponsors

If you did not attend the live annual training session on on 8/19/2020, you may watch the recorded session to meet training requirements for CACFP. During this webinar, we will cover USDA program updates, hot topics, Civil Rights, and more! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OSPI CNS will be hosting Annual Training virtually.

These sessions are hosted on Moodle (a training platform). You must create an account to view and participate in these trainings.

How to Access FY21 Annual Training in Moodle - The Recorded FY 21 Annual Updates Training is now available!

During this webinar, we cover USDA program updates, hot topics, Civil Rights, and more! IMPORTANT UPDATE: During the live training session we provided inaccurate information regarding the definition of race and have corrected this in the recorded training.

We have created a handout with detailed instructions on accessing the training and getting credit for participation. Here is an overview:

  1. You must create a Moodle Account to view this training if you do not have one already.
  2. Go to the FY2021 Child Care Annual Training Moodle course. This is the direct link to the required training for Child Care Center, FDCH, and At-Risk (Community) Sponsors. You are required to watch this training as part of your program renewal. If you did not attend the live session on 8/19/2020, you may watch the recorded session to meet this requirement.
  3. Select ‘Self Enroll’ at the bottom of the page.
  4. Select ‘FY21 CACFP Annual Training for Child Care Sponsors Recorded Session’ to view the recorded session, you may print out the Slides if you would like to follow along during the presentation.
  5. Once you have viewed the training, the option to select ‘Certify Your FY21 Annual Training Requirements Participation’ will become available. You must certify your participation to receive credit for Annual Training requirements.
  6. To get STARS Credits:
    • Those who watch the recorded Annual Training and submit their STARS ID in the questionnaire by 9/30/2020 are eligible for STARS credits.
    • OSPI CNS will input your credits by October 31, 2020. Please check for your credit after this date.
    • Once you have viewed the training and certified your Annual Training participation, the option to select ‘Submit Your STARS ID’ will become available.
  7. You may choose to watch additional trainings by visiting the CACFP Additional Recorded Training Moodle, these sessions are hot topics and are meant to enhance CACFP knowledge - they are not part of the required training. 
  • Sessions Available:
    • Multiple Site Sponsors
    • Special Dietary Needs
    • Whole-Grain Rich
    • Claiming for Reimbursement in CACFP
    • What is Procurement? Developing Rules for Purchasing

Annual Training

Annual Training is required for continued participation in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). At a minimum, the person responsible for oversight of the CACFP must participate in annual training. This training is intended for directors and administrators, and monitors are encouraged to participate. At a minimum, the person responsible for oversight of the CACFP must attend. This training is intended for directors and administrators. Monitors are encouraged to attend.

This training is mandatory; the FY2021 renewal agreement will not be approved until the appropriate person has attended training.

Adult Care Centers

How to Access FY21 Annual Training in Moodle

  1. You must create a Moodle Account to view this training if you do not have one already.
  2. Go to the FY2021 Child Care Annual Training Moodle course. This is the direct link to the required training for Child Care Center, FDCH, and At-Risk (Community) Sponsors. You are required to watch this training as part of your program renewal. If you did not attend the live session on 8/19/2020, you may watch the recorded session to meet this requirement.
  3. Select ‘Self Enroll’ at the bottom of the page.
  4. Select ‘FY21 CACFP Annual Training for Child Care Sponsors Recorded Session’.
    • Once you view the Recorded Session, your participation will be marked complete for renewal purposes.
    • You will not receive a confirmation email for viewing this training.
  5. Utilize the Slide Printout as needed by selecting the links provided.
  6. To get STARS Credits:
    • Those who watch the recorded Annual Training and input their STARS ID in the questionnaire by 9/30/2020 are eligible for STARS credits.
    • OSPI CNS will input your credits by October 31, 2020. Please check for your credit after this date.
  7. You may choose to watch additional trainings by visiting the CACFP Additional Recorded Training Moodle, these sessions are hot topics and are meant to enhance CACFP knowledge - they are not part of the required training. 
  • Sessions Available:
    • What is Procurement? Developing Rules for Purchasing
    • Claiming for Reimbursement in CACFP
    • Whole-Grain Rich
    • Special Dietary Needs
    • Multiple Site Sponsors

Civil Rights is an annual requirement for all CACFP sponsors and their employees. 

School Districts and Community Organizations may sponsor the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program.

  • School District At-Risk sponsors must attend a recorded training to meet Annual Training requirements. Please visit the NSLP Training webpage, under the At-Risk dropdown, for more information. 
  • Community Organization sponsors must attend the CACFP Childcare Annual Training. If you did not attend the live annual training session on on 8/19/2020, you may watch the recorded session to meet training requirements for CACFP. During this webinar, we will cover USDA program updates, hot topics, Civil Rights, and more! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OSPI CNS will be hosting Annual Training virtually. These sessions are hosted on Moodle (a training platform). You do not have to create an account to view these sessions,  however with an account you can mark each topic complete as you view them. 

During this webinar, we cover USDA program updates, hot topics, Civil Rights, and more! IMPORTANT UPDATE: During the live training session we provided inaccurate information regarding the definition of race and have corrected this in the recorded training.

We have created a handout with detailed instructions on accessing the training and getting credit for participation. Here is an overview:

  1. You must create a Moodle Account to view this training if you do not have one already.
  2. Go to the FY2021 Child Care Annual Training Moodle course. This is the direct link to the required training for Child Care Center, FDCH, and At-Risk (Community) Sponsors. You are required to watch this training as part of your program renewal. If you did not attend the live session on 8/19/2020, you may watch the recorded session to meet this requirement.
  3. Select ‘Self Enroll at the bottom of the page.
  4. Select ‘FY21 CACFP Annual Training for Child Care Sponsors Recorded Session’ to view the recorded session, you may print out the Slides if you would like to follow along during the presentation.
  5. Once you have viewed the training, the option to select ‘Certify Your FY21 Annual Training Requirements Participation’ will become available. You must certify your participation to receive credit for Annual Training requirements.
  6. To get STARS Credits:
    • Those who watch the recorded Annual Training and submit their STARS ID in the questionnaire by 9/30/2020 are eligible for STARS credits.
    • OSPI CNS will input your credits by October 31, 2020. Please check for your credit after this date.
    • Once you have viewed the training and certified your Annual Training participation, the option to select ‘Submit Your STARS ID’ will become available.
  7. You may choose to watch additional trainings by visiting the CACFP Additional Recorded Training Moodle, these sessions are hot topics and are meant to enhance CACFP knowledge - they are not part of the required training. 

Optional Training to Enhance Your Program

Virtual CACFP Meal Pattern and Best Practices Training

This training is a supplemental training session that does not count toward Annual Training Requirements. 

Participants will explore the updates to the child and adult meal patterns, as well as tips and strategies for implementation. Each training session is 7-hours long, and will be spread out over 2 days for maximum effectiveness. Review this training overview for more details.

STARS Credits are available for this training - you must submit your STARS ID with your registration information and attend the full 7-hour training to receive credit. 

IMPORTANT: Each participant must have a separate email to register and may only sign up for 1 training session. 

After you register, OSPI will approve your request to join the training. Please expect a follow up email with the Zoom registration link after your registration is approved.

There is a limit of 25 participants for each 2-day session. If we have reached the maximum number of participants, we will follow up and let you know options for attending a session.

Questions? Please email Samantha Brueske, Training and Communications Specialist. 

Who Should Attend?

This training is designed specifically for individuals operating the CACFP and may include the following program types:

  • Child Care Centers
  • Family Child Care Homes
  • Adult Day Care Centers
  • At-Risk Afterschool Programs
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Pre-K Meals in the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs

Institutions participating in the CACFP are required to submit income-eligibility information based on a study month. Completing a study month determines the reimbursement amount for each institution based on the income levels of the families that they serve. For more information, please visit the CACFP Study Month and Eligibility webpage.

Infants have unique nutritional and developmental needs. The new Infant Meal Pattern began October 1, 2017 and supports breastfeeding, increases the consumption of fruits and vegetables, and decreases the amount of added sugars and sodium.

Infant Meals Recorded Training | Training Credit Form - use if this training is required by your specialist.

Many mothers stop breastfeeding their infants when they return to work or school. How can child care assist and support the breastfeeding mother so she can continue to breastfeed? Child care providers that provide care to infants and center directors are the target audience for this training.

    A Smarter Lunchroom nudges students to make healthier choices when provided with the full spectrum of choice. These “nudges” are research-based concepts identified by the Cornell BEN Center.

    With support from Team Nutrition Grants, OSPI Child Nutrition created Smarter Lunchrooms and Smarter Mealtimes in Washington schools and child care programs.

    The curriculum for the Planting the Seeds for a Healthy Future Garden Workshop is provided in partnership with Seattle Tilth, USDA Team Nutrition, and is funded in part with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Gardening With Kids

    This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement but the U.S. Government.

    In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    To file a complaint of discrimination, please contact:

    USDA Director
    Office of Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
    (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 ( TTY). 

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