Child and Adult Resources and Education Update
The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is discontinuing the Child and Adult Resources and Education (CARE) quarterly newsletter after this final winter 2020 update. The CARE updates have historically communicated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) training opportunities, educational resources, and policy guidance to CACFP providers and sponsors. The CDE NSD will communicate future CACFP trainings, resources, and policies as part of a weekly notification sent by email to all Child Nutrition Program Operators. The CDE NSD will post these communications on the CDE Nutrition What's New web page.
Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) Course Catalog: The NSD provides a catalog of online training courses to help program operators meet their professional development and program compliance needs. Access the training courses on the CDE CNP Course Catalog web page. Select the CACFP tab to find a list of training courses organized by the professional standards key areas—nutrition, operations, administration, communication, and marketing. To tailor your training goals further, use the buttons at the top of each key area chart to sort courses by course number, course name, training topic, and target audience.
Promoting Integrity Now (PIN) Trainings: The CDE NSD, in collaboration with the Fresno City College (FCC) California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center, is offering three PIN Trainings in March and April 2020. The PIN Training is a free, two-day training intended to strengthen managerial and operational practices, and provides regulatory and nutritional information for CACFP child care center staff. The training covers eligibility and enrollment requirements, monitoring and training requirements, financial management, child nutrition, recordkeeping, and administrative reviews. Additional information and registration is available on the FCC Cal-Pro-NET PIN Training web page or by contacting Stephanie Salazar, Nutrition Education Specialist, by phone at 916-445-8332 or by email at email@example.com.
CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Webinar Series: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition (TN) offers a series of 30-minute webinars titled CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays! These free, interactive, skill-building webinars are designed to assist CACFP Operators, including DCH providers and sponsoring organizations, with a better understanding of the updated meal patterns. The next webinar in the series, Mealtimes with Toddlers, is scheduled on Thursday, June 18, 2020. For additional information, to register for webinars, and to view previously recorded webinars in this series, visit the USDA TN Webinars and Training web page .
TN Resources: The USDA TN initiative supports the CACFP by providing training for child care providers, nutrition education for children and families, and resources to support a healthier environment. To order or download free USDA TN resources, visit the USDA TN Publications web page .
USDA Food Buying Guide (FBG) Interactive Web Tool: New enhancements to the USDA FBG for CNPs Interactive Web-based Tool are now available! The FBG Interactive Web-based Tool now includes two interactive flow charts. CNP Operators can use these flow charts to easily determine whether a grain product is creditable and whether it meets the whole grain-rich criteria. These tools are available in the Tools section on the home page of the USDA FBG web page .
USDA FBG Mobile App: The latest update has been released to the USDA FBG Mobile App. Registered users with an eAuthentication account are now able to access any saved information in the online FBG Web Tool, including completed Recipe Analysis Workbooks and product formulation statements in the mobile app. Registered users can also create and save favorite food lists, shopping lists, and grain items analyzed using the Exhibit A Grains Tool in the mobile app. For information on the USDA FBG mobile app, access the USDA FBG Mobile App web page .
Water Lead Testing in Child Care: Assembly Bill 2370 was signed into law September 2018, and requires testing for lead in drinking water at licensed child day care facilities located in buildings constructed before January 1, 2010. AB 2370 requires the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board, to adopt regulations for testing lead in drinking water for licensed child day care centers facilities for any potentially elevated lead levels no later than January 1, 2021. AB 2370 also requires licensed child day care facilities to:
- Ensure their health and safety training includes instruction on the prevention of lead exposure.
- Notify parents or legal guardians of children enrolled in licensed child day care facilities of the requirement to test the drinking water and the results of the test.
- Provide parents or legal guardians with written information on the risks and effects of lead exposure, blood lead testing recommendations and requirements, and options for obtaining blood lead testing.
The CDSS is the lead agency on this new regulation. More information will be forthcoming.
For additional information on AB 2370, please visit the California Legislative Information AB 2370 Lead Exposure web page at or contact your local licensing agency.
Great Kindness Challenge (GKC): The GKC is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The GKC is one week in January devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible at school, preschool, home, and in the community. CACFP Operators can participate by using the provided checklist of 50 kind acts—or the Junior Edition for preschoolers that includes twelve illustrated kind acts—to accept the challenge and show the world that kindness matters. For more information or to access the checklists, visit the GKC website . You can also receive updates by subscribing to @CDENutrition on Twitter.
USDA Policy Memoranda: On September 23, 2019, the USDA issued two new policy memos that affect CACFP Operators. These new policy memos do not include additional requirements, but are intended to help program operators implement recent regulatory changes and provide clarification to existing policies and regulations.
- SP 40-2019, CACFP 17-2019, SFSP 17-2019, Smoothies Offered in the CNPs, accessible on the USDA Smoothies Offered in the CNPs web page . This updated policy memo, which supersedes SP 10-2014 (v.3), CACFP 05-2014 (v.3), and SFSP 10-2014 (v.3), clarifies juice and yogurt allowances, incorporates the meal pattern flexibilities related to flavored milk, and provides flexibility for serving commercially prepared smoothies. Please note that flavored milk may not be used in smoothies served to children of any age in licensed child care homes and centers in California due to the Healthy Beverages in Child Care Act.
- SP 37-2017, CACFP 16-2019, Questions and Answers (Q&A) on the Final Rule CNPs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements, accessible on the USDA Q&A on the Final Rule CNPs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements web page . This new policy memo provides guidance on menu planning flexibilities in the CNPs that became effective July 1, 2019. Please note that flavored milk may not be served to children of any age in licensed child care homes and centers in California due to the Healthy Beverages in Child Care Act.
CDE Management Bulletins (MB): In November 2019 the CDE NSD released MB CACFP 09-2019, CACFP Monitoring Requirements for Participation. This MB clarifies monitoring requirements for CACFP sponsors of centers and DCHs and supersedes MB CACFP-02-2019: Training and Monitoring Requirements for Participation in the CACFP and MB 06-209: Facility Review Averaging. To access this and other CDE MBs, visit the CDE CACFP MBs web page.
If you have any questions regarding these subjects, please contact the CACFP meal pattern team by email at NMP4CACFP@cde.ca.gov.