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Online Education and Self Study
Select a link on one of the courses below to see the training classes and study materials available to you based on the specific category.

NSLP Courses  USDA Foods Courses
CACFP Courses Farm Fresh Courses
SFSP Courses Civil Rights Courses

 


NSLP Courses


 Course Name Course Description
The Reinvented Administrative Review Process This webinar provides an overview of the new administrative review process. Information provided includes how the review has changed, what the review covers, general timelines, required documentation and specific processes for before, during and after the on-site review. (Revised November 10, 2015)
TX-UNPS - Administrative Review: Corrective Action Document (CAD)
Video provides Contracting Entities with an overview of the Administrative Review features in TX-UNPS and focuses specifically on Corrective Action Documents. 

TX-UNPS - Administrative Review: Review Attachments
Video provides Contracting Entities with an overview of the Administrative Review features in TX-UNPS and focuses specifically on Review Attachments. 

TX-UNPS - Administrative Review: Review Forms
Video provides Contracting Entities with an overview of the Administrative Review features in TX-UNPS and focuses specifically on Review Forms. 

TX-UNPS - Administrative Review: Viewable Modules
Video provides Contracting Entities with an overview of the Administrative Review features in TX-UNPS and focuses specifically on Viewable Only Modules that include: Commendations, Technical Assistance and Notes to CEs.
Texas ELMS  

This online training provides an overview of our new direct certification and verification process. Information includes an explanation of the Texas Eligibility List Management System (TX ELMS), how to prepare files for uploading into TX ELMS, the steps to direct certify eligible students, how to download matches, the important reporting dates needed for TDA, and when to use direct verification. It also provides a handy downloadable resource on how to prepare enrollment files for uploading to direct certification.

Community Eligibility Provision: Completing the CEP Report

This online training program provides an overview of the Community Eligibility Provision reporting process. Information includes a brief explanation of the CEP program and who is eligible. It also contains downloadable resources to help with CEP calculations & ISP claiming and with formatting your Excel files.

For ESCs: CEP and the Statistical Analysis Worksheet

This training provides ESCs an overview of Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and its process, including using the CEP Statistical Analysis Worksheet (CEP SAW). It includes step-by-step instructions on how to support CEs when completing the CEP report, completing the CEP SAW, and creating an electronic random generator. This training is for ESCs only.

Contracting Entities (CEs) should review the  Community Eligibility Provision: Completing the CEP Report training.


 
Income Eligibility Calculator  Use and bookmark this mobile-optimized calculator to help determine the eligibility of participants when income has been reported on the Household Application. 
 
Instructions for the Mobile FBG App 

Walkthrough instructions of how to use the mobile version of the Food Buying Guide. Includes how to download the application and features for its use.


 
Meal Marketing and Promotion This online training module will help you to identify the purpose of meal marketing and promotion. Following the course you will be able to define basic principles and describe examples of meal marketing and promotion.
Customers and Communication This online training module will help you to define customer service in a school nutrition program and describe types of customer communication methods.
Lunch Meal Pattern This online training module will help you define elements of the lunch meal pattern and identify food items according to meal pattern requirements.
Breakfast Meal Pattern
This online training module will help you define elements of the breakfast meal pattern and describe servings, crediting, and substitutions in the breakfast meal pattern.
Calories This online training module will help you describe the dietary specification for calories and identify calorie requirements for each meal pattern.
Sodium This online training module will help you describe the dietary specification for sodium and identify sodium requirements for each meal pattern.
Trans Fat and Saturated Fat This online training module will help you describe the dietary specification for trans and saturated fats and to determine if meals meet standards.
Offer vs Serve at Lunch This online training module will help you explain the purpose and requirements of offer vs serve and describe the implementation of OVS at lunch.
Offer vs Serve at Breakfast This online training module wil help you explain the purpose and requirements of offer vs serve and describe the implementation of OVS at breakfast.
Choice This online training module will help you identify the purpose of increasing choice in school meals and describe methods to increase choice and add variety.
Visual Appeal This online training module will help you identify the purpose of increasing visual appeal in school meals and describe methods to make meals more visually appealing.
School Meal Labeling This online training module will help you use the Child Nutrition Label in menu planning and to use the Nutrition Facts labels for for menu planning.


CACFP Courses


Course Name Course Description
Updated CACFP Infant Meal Pattern
Use this self-paced, self-directed training to learn about the updated CACFP infant meal pattern requirements that took effect October 1, 2017.

Updated CACFP Child Care Meal Pattern

Use this self-paced, self-directed training to learn about the updated CACFP child care meal pattern requirements that took effect October 1, 2017.

Updated CACFP Adult Day Care Meal Pattern

Use this self-paced, self-directed training to learn about the updated CACFP adult day care meal pattern requirements that took effect October 1, 2017.
Grains in the CACFP
Use this training to learn about the new CACFP requirement for grains and breads and familiarize yourself with how to determine if an item is whole grain rich.
CACFP Sugar Limit Calculator
Quickly determine if a cereal or yogurt meets the new CACFP sugar limits with this calculator. Bookmark the link on your phone for a handy tool that can be used while you shop.
CACFP Budget Basics: CACFP Budget
Use this self-paced, self-directed training to learn about CACFP budget content and approval requirements.
CACFP Budget Basics: Allowable and Unallowable Costs
Use this self-paced, self-directed training to learn about allowable and unallowable costs.
CACFP Budget Basics: Direct and Indirect Costs
Use this self-paced, self-directed training to learn about direct and indirect costs.
CACFP Budget Basics: Levels of Approval for Costs
Use this self-paced, self-directed training to learn about levels of approval for costs.
Serving Your Seniors  Use this self-paced course to build on CACFP requirements and best practices for the Adult Day Care audience. Topics include offer vs. serve, dietary accommodations, special nutrient needs, and making mealtime pleasant. 
Income Eligibility Calculator 

Use and bookmark this mobile-optimized calculator to help determine eligibility categories for participants when income has been reported on the Meal Benefit Income Eligibility Form.


Instructions for the Mobile FBG App 

Walkthrough instructions of how to use the mobile version of the Food Buying Guide. Includes how to download the application and features for its use.


 
Intro to CACFP for Child Care Centers Part 1 of 2 The first online course introduces the intent of the CACFP as well as some of the main organizational eligibility requirements and administrative duties.
Intro to CACFP for Child Care Centers Part 2 of 2 The second online course introduces the serving and claiming of a reimbursable meal.
Intro to CACFP for Adult Day Care Centers Part 1 of 2 The first online course introduces the intent of the CACFP as well as some of the main organizational eligibility requirements and administrative duties.
Intro to CACFP for Adult Day Care Centers Part 2 of 2 The second online course introduces the serving and claiming of a reimbursable meal.
Intro to CACFP for Day Care Home Sponsors Part 1 of 2 The first online course introduces the intent of the CACFP as well as some of the main organizational eligibility requirements and administrative duties.
Intro to CACFP for Day Care Home Sponsors Part 2 of 2 The second online course introduces the serving and claiming of a reimbursable meal.


Whole Grain Rich Training

SFSP Courses


Course Name Course Description
Annual Summer Food Service Program Training This online course outlines key responsibilities of the Summer Food Service Program and meets the Sponsor training requirement as mandated in USDA’s Administration Guide: Summer Food Service Program.


USDA Foods Courses


Course Name  Course Description
FDP TX-UNPS – Managing Your Programs: Completing the Contract Packet
This online course instructs Contracting Entities on how to access and complete the contract packet for USDA Foods.

FDP TX-UNPS - Managing Your Programs: Weekly Commodity Bulletin
This online course instructs Contracting Entities on how to access and print the Weekly Commodity Bulletin.
FDP TX-UNPS - Managing Your Programs: Modifying a Delivery Order This online course instructs Contracting Entities on how to modify a delivery order. 
FDP TX-UNPS - Managing Your Programs: Creating a Delivery Orde This online course instructs Contracting Entities on how to create a new order for USDA foods
USDA Foods for Disaster Feeding   This online course instructs Contracting Entities on important USDA information during disasters. 

Farm Fresh Courses


Course Name Course Description
Farm to School Introduction for Schools  This training is intended for school nutrition program team members and others who are interested in bringing farm to school to their districts or campuses. Information presented during this training is introductory in nature and will lay the groundwork for future training and discussions about farm to school activities.
Farm to Child Care Introduction for Child Care Centers and Day Care Homes This training is intended for child care program team members and other who are interested in bringing farm to child care activities to their center, site or day care home. Information presented during this training is introductory in nature and will lay the groundwork for future training and discussion about farm to child care activities.
Farm to Summer Introduction for SFSP and SSO

This training is designed for summer meal program sponsors and team members who are interested in bringing farm to summer to their sites. Information presented during this training is introductory in nature and will lay the groundwork for future training and discussion about farm to summer activities.


Defining Local Decision Tool USDA expressly grants the authority for entities participating in Child Nutrition Programs and purchasing local food items with federal funding to define local, as long as procurement guidelines are followed. This means that as a NSLP, CACFP, SFSP, or SSO participant you have the authority to define local.  This tool will walk you through two questions that will help you identify a definition of local based on your goals.

Procurement rules must always be followed when making purchases using federal Child Nutrition funds. Free, open competition must be maintained through all procurement processes, and you must document how you are defining local for each applicable purchase. Competition cannot be restricted by a narrow definition of local. Always reach out to your local Education Service Center (ESC) with any questions.

Civil Rights Courses


Course Name  Course Description
Civil Rights—English 
Online Civil Rights training in English that meets USDA Child Nutrition Program requirements as mandated in FNS Instruction 113-1.
Civil Rights—Spanish
Print Civil Rights training in Spanish that meets USDA Child Nutrition Program requirements as mandated in FNS Instruction 113-1.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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