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The California Department of Education is pleased to announce the following educational resources provided by Penn State Better Kid Care. Child care providers, including those participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), will benefit from this training, as they continue to work to protect themselves and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navigating CACFP During COVID-19

This live webinar will feature a panel discussion on policy and practice changes for the CACFP during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will include experts from the USDA, Penn State Better Kid Care, Food and Action Research Council, and KinderCare Education.

The webinar will be held on January 14, 2021, 9–10 a.m. Register for the Navigating CACFP During COVID-19 webinar External link opens in new window or tab..

COVID-19: Protecting Children and Ourselves

This training provides information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines specific to child care programs and offers insight into trauma-informed approaches to meet the current needs of children and their caregivers. The training can be accessed at any time.


  • Training content: Free
  • Certificate of competition to receive professional development hours: $5

Training Objectives

  • Learn about COVID-19, the symptoms, and how the virus spreads
  • Discuss the importance of aligning program policies and practices with CDC recommendations to reduce COVID-19 exposure and to minimize its spread
  • Reflect on ways that the implementation of trauma-informed practices can support children and adults in child care settings

Crediting information

For program operators tracking crediting information, this training counts as 4.0 hours training credit.

  • Key area: Administration (3000)
    • Training topics:
      • Program management (3200)
      • Human Resources and Staff Training (3400)
    • Learning objectives:
      • Evaluate and utilize resources to promote a healthy school environment (3230)
      • Implement current personnel policies and procedures (3420)
      • Foster employee health, safety, and wellness (3420)


Access COVID-19: Protecting Children and Ourselves web page External link opens in new window or tab.. You will then need to register or log-in to Penn State Better Kid Care On Demand.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the resources above, please contact the Better Kid Care team at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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