Dec 9-10, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT each day
For Head Start, Early Head Start, American Indian & Alaskan Native, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start Childcare Partnership Program Staff
Sessions are live. No recordings will be available.
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Registration deadline is November 30th!
Standard Registration: $400
T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers: $370 - some restrictions apply
0.4 CEUs (4 contact hours) from Western Kentucky University: $25
Providing nutritious, appropriate, USDA-reimbursable meals, which also meet the Head Start Performance Standards in Head Start, Early Head Start, American Indian/Alaska Native, Migrant/Seasonal Head Start and our Child Care Partnerships is complex. With federal oversight by not only one, but two distinct federal agencies, as well as state, local, tribal, and other regulations— with requirements often differing among themselves on the same topic—delivering quality nutrition services can be daunting. In addition, the roles of both the Nutrition Manager, Registered Dietitian, and Kitchen Manager may vary widely from program to program and are clearly impacted by the skill level, training, and partners who support an agency’s nutrition services. To top it off, right now there are inherent challenges in providing quality meals, due to food and labor shortages inherent with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nutrition Drill Down: USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Requirements in Head Start & Early Head Start strives to provide content-area staff overseeing nutrition services (as well as their supervisors, colleagues, dietitians, early childhood education staff, and partners) with accurate, consistent, credible, and realistic information and tools to demystify USDA requirements and integrate them in an understandable way with our Head Start Performance Standards.
Participants in Nutrition Drill Down: USDA Requirements in Head Start & Early Head Start will refine their understanding of the relationship between Head Start Performance Standards nutrition-related requirements and USDA requirements, increase supervisory skills in this area, garner updated information, and gain insights into appropriate nutrition practices for early childhood programs. They will also learn about Civil Rights requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs, the recent Ounce Equivalents requirement, importance of the agency’s relationship with their respective USDA State Agency, and classroom mealtime practices to facilitate required meal counting for USDA meal reimbursement. An intentional, teamwork approach is stressed throughout the training, focusing on not only ensuring that requirements are met, but concurrently also aiming for quality!
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