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Learning Tools - CACFP

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Webinars and Training Tools

CACFP Food Shopper App - A free downloadable application to assists CACFP participants in making purchases to comply with the USDA meal pattern. To download, use your application store for your device and search for "CACFP Shopper."

  • CACFP Shopper - This webinar covers the overall features on using the app for crediting meal pattern components in CACFP.
  • CACFP Shopper App Foods For Infants - Demonstrates new feature on how to use the Foods for Infants section of the CACFP Shopper App to help determine if meals served to infants are credible and reimbursable.

CACFP Center Application Renewal Training– Fiscal Year 2021–2022
CACFP staff responsible for administering the CACFP in center-based organizations should watch this series of videos for instructions on the fiscal year 2022 application process. Part V is for center sponsors only that operate the CACFP at one or more unaffiliated sites, or at multiple affiliated sites. 

Part I –    Application Basics (1 hour 20 minutes)
Part II –   Application Renewal, Organization Application and Board Information (20 Minutes)
Part III –  Budget (30 minutes)
Part IV – Management Plan, Site Application and Approval (50 minutes)
Part V –  Center Sponsor Additional Requirements (20 minutes)

CACFP At-Risk Site Staff Training Video (36 minutes) - Recorded on 9/9/2020
This video provides an overview of the CACFP for At-Risk site staff who supervise or assist with CACFP meals, CACFP food requirements, meal service options, recordkeeping requirements, special provisions for the At-Risk program, and important health and safety practices are discussed. Links to the handouts and resources referenced in the video are included in Iowa CACFP Steps to Success Module 16.

CACFP Adult Meal Pattern Training (38 minutes) - Recorded on 9/24/2019
This webinar reviews adult meal pattern requirements and creditable foods in CACFP. The webinar also reviews the meal service options including offer versus serve, pre-plated, and family style meal service; recording meals at the point of service; and adult feeding techniques. Links to the handouts and resources referenced in the webinar are included below.

CACFP Center Staff Training (52 minutes) - Recorded on 3/15/2019
Designed to provide an overview of the Child and Adult Care Food Program for center staff with CACFP duties. Topics covered include CACFP food requirements, meal service options, record keeping requirements, making mealtimes successful, and important health and safety practices.

CACFP School Age Program Staff Training (33 minutes) - Recorded 3-15-19 and edited for school age programs 5-27-21.
Video developed to provide Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) training for staff in school age programs. It provides an overview of the program and covers CACFP food requirements, meal service options, record keeping requirements, and important health and safety practices.

Working with Vendors in the CACFP (58 minutes) - July 26, 2018
This webinar is intended for CACFP operators that purchase meals from a food service vendor or are considering it. The session explains requirements when using a food service vendor in the CACFP, the contract that should be used and other guidelines.

CACFP Infant Room Staff Training (51 minutes) - Recorded on 1/10/2019
This video covers CACFP topics staff responsible for infant feeding and record keeping need to know, including CACFP infant meal pattern requirements, creditable infant foods, record keeping procedures, other CACFP requirements and best practices. 

USDA Team Nutrition Webinars and Training - Learn about hot topics in child nutrition with Team Nutrition's popular webinars. CACFP Halftime Thirty on Thursdays, Trainer's Circle for CACFP and Crediting Updates for Child Nutrition Programs; Be in the Know! webinars are listed on iPower for providers to track their contact hours.

CACFP Trainer's Tools: Feeding Infants - Content from the Feeding Infants in the Child Adult Care Food Program guide is brought to life in these in-person training resources, including slide presentations, trainer's notes, pre and post test, and videos. Trainers can order an Infant Feeding Guide for all participants.

CACFP Home Providers Online Training Opportunities - A listing of virtual training opportunities for CACFP home providers.

CACFP Culinary Snack Demonstration Videos

In these videos, Chef Brenda Windmuller shows how to prepare two healthy and delicious snack recipes for CACFP. The videos demonstrate how to get children involved in making their own snack and allows you to serve fresh vegetables in CACFP.

Greek Pizza Culinary Demonstration
   Greek Pizza recipe

Vegetable Quesadilla Culinary Demonstration
   Vegetable Quesadilla recipe

Online Training Opportunities

  • Joining the CACFP
  • Steps to CACFP Success Online Workshop
  • Feeding Infants in CACFP
  • ​Farm to CACFP
  • Meaningful Mealtimes
  • Trying New Foods
  • Opportunities for Active Play
  • Nutrition Education
  • Smarter Mealtime Scorecard
  • Meal Pattern Best Practices
  • Healthy Food Purchasing
  • Updated Healthy Menu Makeover

Resources

Go NAP SACC - An online tool that can assess childcare wellness environment practices, assist with setting action plans, and provide access to online resources and trainings. If you do not have an account, you will need to register for an account and contact Erin Olson at erin.olson@idph.iowa.gov to obtain the registration code. Self-assessments are available for both centers and family childcare homes, for Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding; Child Nutrition; Infant and Child Physical Activity; Outdoor Play and Learning; Farm to Early Care and Education: Screen Time; and Oral Health.

Family Style Meal Service

Civil Rights Training for Participating Organizations in Child Nutrition Programs

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 16, 2021 at 10:02am.