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Child and Adult Care Food Program Management

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Management online course.
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.

Course Description

This online course provides state and federal guidance on critical compliance areas of the CACFP.

  • Course Number: 456
  • Training Length: 1 hour
  • Certificate: Available at the end of the training
  • Target Audience: CACFP Operators
  • Mandatory: Current and prospective CACFP Operators
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: August 1, 2020

Online Course

Begin the CACFP Management course

Referenced Resources

The following resources are referred to throughout this online course:


  • Crediting: 1 hour
  • Key Area: Administration (3000)
    • Training Topics:
      • Free and reduced-price meal benefits (3100)
      • Financial Management (3300)
      • Human Resources and Staff Training (3400)

        • Learning Objectives
          By the end of the training participants will:

          • Understand the certification and verification process for free and reduced-price meal eligibility benefits in compliance with Federal Regulations (3110)

          • Know how to implement a system of checks and balances to ensure accuracy and integrity of meal counting and claiming, funds collected, and record keeping (3310)

          • Learn how to establish and document appropriate accounting procedures for all revenues and expenses, ensuring that all procedures comply with federal, state, and local regulations and administrative review (3320)

          • Read about how to prepare a budget that appropriately reflects financial goals (3330)

          • Be able to communicate financial goals, status, and other data to appropriate district and state authorities (3360)

          • Understand the requirements for developing employee training plans, including a plan for tracking training (3430)

For more information on crediting, access the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) web document Professional Standards Learning Objectives External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Contact Us

If you have technical difficulties, please contact the Education and Nutrition Policy Unit by email at

For questions regarding the course content, please contact the Community Nutrition Program Units by email at

Questions:   Community Nutrition Program Unit |
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 11, 2021
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