This year, we are pleased to offer multiple Pre-Institute workshop options. These workshops will take place on Thursday, October 3rd starting at 8:30 a.m. at Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. All Pre-Institute sessions are eligible to receive HHS and CDA training credit.

Option 1: ServSafe® Training

Presented by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Whether you are a food service manager or an employee, using current best practices in safe food handling is essential to keep your program in compliance and protect the health of both children and staff. You’ll have the opportunity to take an exam to be certified as a Food Protection Manager.

ServSafe blends the latest FDA Food Code and food safety research. Participants learn current best practices related to safe food handling and cleaning/sanitizing and other food safety essentials. ServSafe certificates are valid for five years. Learn more about the ServSafe training here.

Taking the ServSafe training and exam fulfills a Level 1 IQ4K requirement for staff members who prepare meals in child care centers and preschools.

Registration Instructions

Registration for this Pre-Institute workshop is separate from the Fall Institute registration. Interested participants must register on ISU’s website (below) in order to be registered for this workshop. If you would like the 8 HHS credit hours offered by this workshop, you must also register on i-PoWeR.

The cost of this workshop is $160. Registration closes September 12th.

Option 2: Nature-Based Science

Presented by Blank Park Zoo

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Participants will engage in science investigations focused on nature and introduce them to the concept of Nature Play, where they will take away ideas for nature activities, discover the developmental value of playing outside and how such opportunities help children build skills needed for STEM learning, and learn ways to incorporate nature play opportunities indoors.

Registration Instructions

To register for this Pre-Institute workshop, make sure you select “Thursday Pre-Institute: Blank Park Zoo” on the Fall Institute registration. If you would like the 6 HHS credit hours offered by this workshop, you must also register on i-PoWeR (link coming soon).

Registration for this Pre-Institute workshop closes September 12th.

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