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Center for Nutrition in Schools (CNS)

UC Davis Nutrition Department
3135 Meyer Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: 530-752-3387
Email: cns@ucdavis.edu

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CNS Training Opportunities


CNS provides opportunities for members within the school community to participate in professional development courses in nutrition-related areas.



CNS recognizes the importance of providing teachers, child nutrition professionals, and other school employees with the opportunity to attend training sessions on a variety of nutrition-related topics.

Barbara J. Van Zandt Teacher Training

These workshops are designed to provide teachers with information about updated nutrition topics, nutrition education curricula, and how to plan for the addition of nutrition topics in classroom instruction. Teachers can also learn how to integrate nutrition instruction with California content standards, and implement instructional school gardens. More information about the Barbara J. Van Zandt Teacher Training endowment is available online. To receive information about upcoming class dates and times, please complete our online form to subscribe to our mailing list.

Financial Management II for School Nutrition Directors

Course Overview

This two-day, interactive seminar for experienced school nutrition directors will explore some of the complex financial management issues and trends in school nutrition programs today. Topics will include strategies for increasing revenues and managing expenses, the impact of recent legislation on financial management of school nutrition programs, business plans, and analysis of financial records. To provide a wide spectrum of perspectives and expertise, the team of instructors will include experienced school nutrition directors Debra Amos and Brenda Padilla, and leading school business official Baldev Johal.

Prerequisite: Financial Management I (or equivalent experience)

This course will be offered in 2014 in the following locations in California:

Ontario: May 21-22, 2014
Monterey: August 6-7, 2014
Redding: August 13-14, 2014

Register for this course

Additional materials for this course are available.

Food Safety

This online course and supplemental materials are designed for Child Nutrition Professionals who are interested in learning more about food safety concepts and regulations.

Additional materials for this course are available.

Successful Menu Planning

CNS menu planning classes include instruction on the latest information regarding requirements for USDA breakfast and lunch meal patterns and required documentation.

This course will be offered in 2014 in the following locations in California:

Oroville: February 26, 2014
Hanford: April 9, 2014
Ontario: May 13, 2014

Registration is now available through the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS). For more information on how to register, please download the informational flyer.

Additional materials for this course are available.

For more information on the Successful Menu Planning classes, including upcoming class dates and times, please complete our online form to subscribe to our mailing list.


California school nutrition directors, supervisors, menu planners, and staff are invited to attend webinars on a variety of menu planning topics. These presentations will focus on requirements for the selected topic, and any changes resulting from the new USDA menu planning requirements.

The following webinars will be offered in 2014. All webinars begin at 1:30 p.m. Please note that pre-registration is required, and will close 24 hours before the start of the webinar.

Past Webinars:

Each of these past webinars has a video available for viewing, and downloadable resources.

Professional Development Curriculum

  • Materials and professional development curricula are available.

External Resources 

Below are links to external sites with content that may be of use to individuals seeking information about training relevant to nutrition in schools.