As required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Office for Food and Nutrition Programs (FNP) will provide training opportunities to CACFP sponsoring organizations on program regulations and operations. This memo includes a detailed list of training events scheduled for the winter of fiscal year 2023 (FY23).
FNP will continue to host all trainings virtually via the Zoom platform. Participants can register for each event and save a calendar invitation with the training access details via Zoom. All trainings will be recorded, and the recorded training will be available in the Document and Reference Library shortly after the live event. If unable to attend a live training event, participants can listen to a recorded training and receive a certificate of training completion.
The following training events are currently available for registration:
Note: This is an updated date for this training from what was issued in the CACFP Newsletter on 12/23/22
For programs which utilize an FSA or IFB, please see the on-demand recorded trainings for the specific contract types, available in the online document library—Understanding Food Service Agreements (FSA) and Understanding Formal Bids (IFB)
Please note: This is not a food safety certification training. Attending this training does not replace the need for a food safety certification for you or your staff, as may be required by your local board of health.
MA DESE continues to build up the online library of recorded trainings which can be viewed at any time. Go to the "CACFP Training and Resources" folder in the Online Document and Reference Library (ODL) to see what is available and what is applicable to your institution.
New trainings are now available to access on-demand!
Additionally, to support Family Day Care (FDC) Sponsors, DESE is building up a library of materials that sponsors can provide directly to staff. To begin, DESE is focusing on trainings specifically for program monitors:
Lastly, the John Stalker Institute from Framingham State University also provides training and resources for programs operating in the CACFP.
***Growing Healthy Habits has New content available on Gardens and gardening activities in Early Education and Care Programs which provides lessons and resources for centers and providers to use with the children in their care!
Reminder: The designated "CACFP Responsible Contact(s)" is/are required to participate in CACFP training each year. Each sponsoring organization is responsible for ensuring that the individual(s) listed as their CACFP Responsible Contact is registered/has attended training.
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