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Professional Development for CNP Personnel

Information on professional standards, professional development, and California Department of Education (CDE) sponsored trainings opportunities for child nutrition program (CNP) personnel.

School Nutrition Program

Professional Standards in the School Nutrition Program

Pursuant to Section 306 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established professional standards for School Nutrition Program (SNP) professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. For more information visit:

Professional Standards for School Nutrition Personnel
Includes information, regulations, and resources for SNP personnel to implement the professional standards.

Professional Development in the School Nutrition Program

Careers in SNPs
Brief definitions of key career positions and suggestions to enhance career opportunities.

School Nutrition Association (SNA) Education and Professional Development External link opens in new window or tab.
Information about the SNA Certificate in School Nutrition and School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing program to help school nutrition personnel advance their career, earn continuing education units and get credit towards the annual training hours specified in the professional standards.

  • Certificate Program External link opens in new window or tab.
    Consists of three levels of certification and a trainer certification, each requiring a specific level of education and training.

  • Credentialing External link opens in new window or tab.
    Enhances the professional image of school nutrition personnel. The SNS Credentialing Exam evaluates knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing SNPs.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Professional Development in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Resources for professional development of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) personnel are listed below:

California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center—Fresno External link opens in new window or tab.
Offers training programs tailored to the needs of early child care nutrition professionals.

California Preschools Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE)
In-person trainings for early childhood educators and food service personnel on enhancing the nutrition and wellness environment of early CCPs through improved meal quality, implementation of nutrition and physical activity practices, and development of wellness policies.

Caring for our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards and Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs External link opens in new window or tab.
National standards that represent the best practices, policies, expertise, and experience in the nation on quality health and food safety practices for today's early care and education settings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Increasing Access to Drinking Water and Other Healthier Beverages in Early Care and Education Settings External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Information on the importance of serving water to children in early education care and family day care homes. The guide also includes information on how to comply with CACFP regulations to serve water.

Child Care Food Program Roundtable External link opens in new window or tab.
Information to help make food programs more effective and improve the health and well-being of children.

Institute of Child Nutrition Child Care Online Training External link opens in new window or tab.
Online courses to learn about the CACFP, providing quality care for children, and meeting the challenges of the day-to-day operations of CCPs.

Let’s Move! Child Care External link opens in new window or tab.
Resources, ideas, and advice about early childhood nutrition and physical activity.

National Farm to School Network External link opens in new window or tab.
Information to connect early care programs to local food producers with the objectives of serving locally-grown healthy foods to young children, improving child nutrition, and providing related educational opportunities.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service CACFP Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
Ideas for recipes, menu planning, food preparation, or nutrition education to help providers prepare high quality meals to improve health and nutrition, promote a healthy lifestyle, and reduce overweight.

Western Growers Foundation External link opens in new window or tab.
Resources on establishing edible gardens and awards grants to eligible preschools and CCCs.

Questions:   Education and Nutrition Policy Unit | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, November 14, 2016
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