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Education and training information for child nutrition professionals in school food service, nutrition, and food safety.
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  • Competitive Food and Beverage Training
    Training modules for competitive food and beverage regulations.
    Note: This page is currently under revision.
  • Food Safety
    Information and links about food safety during food preparations and transfer, and California Uniform Retail Food Facility Law (CURFFL) requirements.
  • Healthy & Active Preschoolers
    A nutrition learning center for child care professionals that offers a variety of online courses and resources to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment in child care programs.
  • 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.
  • Team Up for School Nutrition Success
    A new training initiative that connects seasoned and successful food service directors (FSD) with FSDs who are new or interested in improving their program operations.

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Questions:   Education and Nutrition Policy Unit | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Recently Posted in Nutrition
  • COVID-19: Nationwide Waiver for CEP Deadlines (added 01-Apr-2020)
    Based on the public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) established a nationwide waiver to support the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) while schools are responding to COVID-19.
  • Cafeteria Funds Updated Guidance (added 30-Mar-2020)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) management bulletins (MB) on Cafeteria Funds are available on the CDE Cafeteria Fund Guidance web page.
  • Preschools SHINE Updated Web Page and Resources (added 30-Mar-2020)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division is pleased to announce that it has updated the web page and resources for the Preschools Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) program.
  • SFSP Mandatory Training is Now Available (added 30-Mar-2020)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) Community Nutrition Programs Unit (CNPU) is pleased to announce that the 2020 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) annual online Mandatory Training is now available.
  • Building a Healthy Me! Curriculum (added 27-Mar-2020)
    Nutrition Education lesson that introduces children to the food groups and to a variety of healthy eating options.

  • Child Nutrition Programs Resource Library (added 27-Mar-2020)
    A library of online resources for program operators participating in the Child Nutrition Programs.
  • COVID-19 Parent Meal Pick-up Waiver (added 27-Mar-2020)
    On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #5, National Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick-up Meals for Children.
  • COVID-19 CNP Meal Pattern Requirements Waiver (added 27-Mar-2020)
    On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #4, National Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) as part of the COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response Act.
  • Guidance and Sample Menus for SFSP Meal Patterns (added 26-Mar-2020)
    Guidance and three sets of sample menus to provide Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Operators with ideas for how to serve meals that meet the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meal pattern requirements.
  • SFSP Meal Patterns Guidance and Sample Menus (added 25-Mar-2020)
    Includes guidance and sample menus to provide Child Nutrition Program Operators with ideas for how to serve meals that meet the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meal pattern requirements.