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Management Bulletin 13-11

Early Education and Support Division

Subject: Assembly Bill 290: Childhood Nutrition Training

Number: 13-11

Date: December 2013

Expires: Until Rescinded

Authority: Assembly Bill (AB) 290 (Chapter 734, Statutes of 2013)

Attention: Executive Directors and Program Administrators of All Child Care and Development Programs


This Management Bulletin is to inform contractors of the passage of Assembly Bill 290.


The Child Day Care Act requires that as condition of licensure, in addition to any other required training, at least one director or teacher at each center and family day care home have 15 hours of health and safety training, which includes a preventive health course, in accordance with California Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 1596.866.


Assembly Bill 290 (Chapter 734, Statutes of 2013) amended HSC sections 1596.865, 1596.866, and 1596.8661.

For licenses issued on or after January 1, 2016, this bill requires that at least one director or teacher at each day care center, and each family day care home licensee who provides care, have at least one hour of childhood nutrition training as part of the preventive health practices course or courses.

Instruction in childhood nutrition must be at least one hour in length and must include content on age-appropriate meal patterns based on the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In order to increase child care providers’ capacity to serve healthy foods at a lower cost, the training shall contain information about reimbursement rates for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (7 Code of Federal Regulations 226.20), and shall direct child care providers to the CACFP Unit of the Nutrition Services Division of the California Department of Education for detailed information on CACFP eligibility and enrollment.

Furthermore, this bill allows the Emergency Medical Services Authority to establish standards for the childhood nutrition training through bulletin or similar instructions from the director until regulations are adopted.

Please visit the California Legislative Information Web site for a copy of Assembly Bill 290 at External link opens in new window or tab..

For CACFP information please contact Nancy Charpentier, Office Technician, CACFP Unit, by phone at 916-327-2991 or by e-mail at

For program related questions, please contact your Field Services Consultant at or contact the Early Education and Support Division by phone at 916-322-6233.

This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5, any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive.

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