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Child Nutrition Programs Course Catalog

A catalog of online training courses for program operators participating in the Child Nutrition Programs.
Important Notice: CACFP Program Moved to CDSS

The Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of child care and development programs administered by the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may not be current and involves the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that has moved to CDSS. Visit the CDSS CACFP web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

Overview

The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is providing a catalog of online training courses for program operators participating in the School Nutrition Program (SNP), After School Program (ASP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Food Distribution Program (FDP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to assist with professional standards requirements, professional development, and compliance needs. The online courses are grouped by program and organized by the key areas of nutrition, operations, administration, and communication and marketing. Online training courses for the ASP are coming soon!

For in-person trainings, please refer to the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Training Registration Module External link opens in new window or tab. and refer to the CNIPS Training Registration Instructions.

Definitions

After School Programs: The programs that give children and teenagers the nutrition they need, and draw them into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning after the school day. The federally reimbursable after school programs are under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and CACFP. 

Child and Adult Care Food Program: The CACFP provides nutritious meals and snacks to infants and children as a regular part of their day care.

Child Care Center: A child care center, school-age center, at-risk after school center, or emergency shelter. This does not include day care homes.

Center: A child care center, school-age center, at-risk after school center, adult day care center, or emergency shelter.

Day Care Home Provider: A day care home provider that participates in the CACFP under the auspices of a day care home sponsor.

Day Care Home Sponsor: A nonprofit or public agency that has a current, valid program agreement with the NSD to participate as a sponsor in the CACFP.

Food Distribution Program: The program that assists agencies by making U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods available to enhance the feeding programs of participants of the Child Nutrition Programs.

Key area: The four key areas are: (1) nutrition, (2) operations, (3) administration, and (4) communication/marketing. Each key area has one or more main topics called training topics.

Learning Objectives: Brief description of the skill or area of knowledge to be addressed.

National School Lunch Program: The NSLP program that assists schools and other agencies to provide nutritious lunches to children at reasonable prices.

Professional Standards: The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create professional standards for state and local SNP personnel. Professional standards for school nutrition professionals require a minimum amount of annual training hours for all state directors of SNPs, state director of distributing agencies, SNP directors, managers, and staff.

School Breakfast Program: The SBP that assists schools and other agencies in providing nutritious breakfasts to children at reasonable prices.

School Food Authority (SFA): An administering entity for the operation of a school feeding program. It can receive federal meal reimbursements for administering the meal programs. An SFA may be a school district, several school districts, or individual schools.

School Nutrition Programs: Within California, any of the following programs: the California Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, SBP, NSLP, Seamless Summer Option (SSO), or Special Milk Program.

Sponsors: Sponsoring organizations that are entirely responsible for the administration of the food program for: (a) one or more day care homes; (b) two or more centers (see definition of centers); (c) a center that is a legally distinct entity from the sponsoring organization (see definition of sponsor of unaffiliated centers), or (d) any combination of the above.

Summer Food Service Program: A program that reimburses sponsors for administrative and operational costs to provide meals for children 18 years of age and younger during periods when they are out of school for 15 or more consecutive school days.

Seamless Summer Option: A program that encourages more public school districts and county offices of education to provide meals in low income areas during summer and certain other school vacation periods. The SSO combines features of the NSLP, SBP, and SFSP. The SSO reduces paperwork and administrative burdens and makes it easier for sponsors to feed children in low income areas during traditional summer vacation periods and during school vacation periods of longer than 10 days for year-round schools.

Training Topic: Each training topic has multiple courses available and has a learning objective.

School Nutrition Program

Each key area will direct you to a list of courses. Use the arrows to sort by training topic or course name. Select the course name to access the course, related handouts and materials, additional information, and contact information.

Key Areas

Nutrition
Operations
Administration

Additional Online Training Databases developed by partners outside of the NSD are listed at the bottom.

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Nutrition

Course
Number
Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
040
General Nutrition
Food Service Director and Staff
100
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
131
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
169
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
173
General Nutrition
Food Service Director and Staff
215
General Nutrition
All entities selling foods or beverages to students, on school campus, during the school day, outside of the federally reimbursable school meal program
226
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
332
General Nutrition
CACFP centers and family child care home providers
431
Nutrition Education
Teachers, Child Care Providers, Nutrition or Wellness Coordinators, Food Service Directors, and Expanded Learning Program Staff
515
Nutrition Education
Teachers, Child Care Providers, Nutrition or Wellness Coordinators, Food Service Directors, and Expanded Learning Program Staff
655
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
812
General Nutrition
Food Service Director and Staff
894
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
External
(U.S. Department of Agriculture)
General Nutrition
Food Service Director and Staff

Operations

Course
Number
Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
038
Procurement
Business officials and food service staff
097
Procurement
Business officials and food service staff
098
Procurement
Business officials and food service staff
099
Procurement
Business officials and food service staff
130
Food Production
Food Service Director and Staff
307
Procurement
Business officials and food service staff
679 Part 4: Informal Procurement Methods Procurement Business officials and food service staff
680 Part 5: Meal Pattern Requirements for Vended Meals Procurement Business officials and food service staff
708
Procurement
Business officials and food service staff
712
Procurement
Business officials and food service staff

Administration

Course
Number
Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
068
Meal Charge Policy
Food Service Director, Staff, and Chief Business Officials
123
Online training with best practices for Annual Review
Food Service Director and Staff
124
Online training with best practices for Annual Review
Food Service Director and Staff
137
Meal Charge Policy
Food Service Director, Staff, and Chief Business Officials
267
Human Resources and Staff Training
Food Service Directors
310
Program Management
Food Service Directors and Staff, Chief Business Officials, and Wellness Coordinators
321
Meal Charge Policy
Food Service Director, Staff, and Chief Business Officials
371
Free and Reduced-price Meal Benefits
Food Service Director and Staff
410
Human Resources
Food Service Director and Staff
411
Human Resources and Staff Training
Food Service Directors
460 How to Apply for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application Process Food Service Directors
495
Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits
Chief Business Officials, Food Service Directors and Staff
536
Program Management
Food Service Director and Staff
600
Program Management
Food Service Director and Staff
605
Meal Charge Policy
Food Service Director, Staff, and Chief Business Officials
639
Off-site Assessment Tool
Food Service Director
690
Program Management

Chief Business Officials, Food Service Directors and Staff

803
FFVP AR Preparation
FFVP Grantees
886
Program Management
Food Service Directors and Staff, Chief Business Officials, and Wellness Coordinators
900
FFVP Grant Overview, Fiscal Responsibilities, and Claiming in CNIPS
FFVP Grantees
967
Free and Reduced-price Meal Benefits
Food Service Director and Staff

Additional Online Training Databases

To find additional online training databases, visit the:

Child and Adult Care Food Program

The CACFP online courses are accessible on the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) CACFP Training web page External link opens in new window or tab. . For questions regarding these online courses, please email the CACFP CDSS Nutrition Team at cacfptraining@dss.ca.gov.

Food Distribution Program

Each key area will direct you to a list of courses. Use the arrows to sort by training topic or course name. Select the course name to access the course, related handouts and materials, additional information, and contact information.

Key Areas

Nutrition
Operations

[Help]

Nutrition

Course
Number
Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
485
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
655
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
669
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
755
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
860
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff of State Cooperatives and Allocation Agencies
867
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
887
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff

Operations

Course
Number
Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
365
Receiving and Storage
Food Service Director and Staff
575
Purchasing
Food Service Director and Staff

Summer Food Service Program

Each key area will direct you to a list of courses. Use the arrows to sort by training topic or course name. Select the course name to access the course, related handouts and materials, additional information, and contact information.

Key Areas

Nutrition
Operations
Administration

[Help]

Nutrition

Course
Number
Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
040
General Nutrition
Food Service Director and Staff
169
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
173
General Nutrition
Food Service Director and Staff
332
General Nutrition
CACFP centers and family child care home providers
431
Nutrition Education
Teachers, Child Care Providers, Nutrition or Wellness Coordinators, Food Service Directors, and Expanded Learning Program Staff
515
Nutrition Education
Teachers, Child Care Providers, Nutrition or Wellness Coordinators, Food Service Directors, and Expanded Learning Program Staff
655
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
755
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
894
Menu Planning
Food Service Director and Staff
External
(U.S. Department of Agriculture)
General Nutrition
Food Service Director and Staff

Operations

Course
Number
Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
633
Purchasing
Program Operators
009

SFSP Meal Requirements

Serving Food
Program Operators
010
Purchasing Procurement
Program Operators
011
Purchasing/Procurement
Summer Meal Program Operators
016
Food Safety
Summer Meal Program Operators

Administration

Course Number Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
012
Program Management
Summer Meal Program Operators
410
Human Resources
Food Service Director and Staff
008
Program Management
Summer Meal Program Operators
015
Program Management
Summer Meal Program Operators
006
Free and Reduced-price Meal Benefits
Summer Meal Program Operators
013
Program Management
Summer Meal Program Operators
014
Financial Management
Summer Meal Program Operators
007
Program Management
Summer Meal Program Operators

Contacts

For general inquiries, please contact the Nutrition Services Division at 1-800-952-5609. For questions about a specific course, select the course name hyperlink, and scroll to the bottom of the web page for the contact phone number and email address.

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | HHFKA@cde.ca.gov | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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