Children eating lunch

The California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Program is a collaborative effort between UCD and the California Department of Education to serve as a statewide resource for school nutrition professionals. 

Training opportunities are offered with the goal of improving the nutrition health outcomes of children.


Do you have questions about our programs or resources?  Please email us at

  • CNS Children gardening

    Garden-enhanced nutrition education can also engage students in teamwork and collaborative learning.

  • CNS student activity

    School-wide health fairs can bring community partners together to expand learning opportunities and reinforce nutrition concepts taught in the classroom.

  • CNS

    There are many different forms of instructional gardens. This school grew vegetables in wheelbarrows.

  • CNS Student activity

    Children are proud to create their own healthy after-school snacks.

  • School Gardens

    Gardening provides hands-on opportunities to learn more about food and agriculture.

  • CNS

    This child shows off a "grow your own guacamole kit" won at a community-supported, school-wide health fair.

  • UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools

UC Davis established the Center for Nutrition in Schools (CNS) in response to the needs of teachers and administrators for nutrition education resources and professional development opportunities. 

Our goal is to provide resources relevant to child nutrition programs, district wellness policies, community partnerships, student education, professional education, and parent education. Our focus is in the below core areas:

  • Student Education
  • Professional Education
  • Parent Education
  • District Wellness Policy
  • Child Nutrition Programs
  • Community Partnerships

We invite you to explore the wide variety of resources available on our site including curriculum, training opportunities, and up-to-date information about nutrition.

What's New?

Upcoming Trainings


  • January 21, 2016- How to Meet Professional Standards Using the Focus on Food Curriculum
  • February 23, 2016- Serving Vegetarian Meals in School Nutrition Programs
  • March 29, 2016-Nutrition Education in School Nutrition Programs
  • April 26, 2016-Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015

In-Person Training

Train-the-Trainer: Focus on Food:

  • Redding: January 13, 2016
  • Ontario: February 3, 2016
  • San Diego: February 17, 2016
  • Concord: March 16, 2016
  • Fresno: March 23, 2016
  • Ventura: May 11, 2016

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