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What is Go NAP SACC?

Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) is designed to promote healthy child development by supporting healthy eating and physical activity for the children in your care. It is intended for providers that care for children birth to 5 years of age. Ideally, child care centers will bring a team to the training, consisting of the director/assistant-director and your lead teachers for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Go NAP SACC looks at your health related policies, practices, and the overall environment of your child care through self-assessment. Then based on the assessment, you can decide which areas you want to improve. Training and one-on-one mentoring is available to help you prioritize and reach your goals over a 3-6 month time frame. Learn more here:

Nebraska Extension will be hosting Go NAP SACC Virtual Training over Zoom on:

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Go NAP SACC requires 6 hours of training. For Step Up to Quality, the owner or director must attend all 6 hours to receive credit. You are welcome and encouraged to bring teachers and/or staff to the training.

Customized training dates may be available upon request.

What’s involved in the Go NAP SACC process?

  1. Register for training by contacting Audra Losey, NAP SACC Trainer at (402) 444-7804 or
  2. Complete the self-assessment for your childcare at
  3. Attend 6 hours of training
  4. Work with your trainer to develop an action plan and reach your goals
  5. Complete a post self-assessment

There is no cost to attend, however, pre-registration is required. Training is at the Nebraska Extension Office in Douglas-Sarpy Counties at 8015 W. Center Rd. Omaha, NE 68124. The training certificate will be distributed at the end of training.

Barf Bucket Food Safety Training for Child Care Providers

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus. Those who contract this nasty bug may experience gastroenteritis, inflammation of the stomach and intestines. This leads to diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

It only takes a very small amount of the norovirus particles to make you sick and it can spread easily in enclosed places such as day care centers. This training is designed to teach all child care providers on the importance of the proper way to clean up bodily fluids to avoid spreading disease.

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Department of Education CACFP Program will be offering a “Barf Bucket Training for Child Care Facilities” on the following dates:

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Class will be held at Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties, 8015 West Center Road, Omaha NE. Advanced registration required and payment of a non-refundable fee of $10 per person. For more information contact Cindy Brison at (402) 444-7804 or

Customized Classes

Customized training is available for staff development days, evening programs, family events, conferences or any other type of large or small group seeking to learn more about quality care and education for young children. The training can be held at the Douglas-Sarpy Counties Extension office or at another location of your choice.

Examples of some of the training topics you can chose from, or request to have modified to fit the specific needs of your group, is listed below.

  • Food Safety for Child Care Providers

    This class gives the basics of safe food preparation from the time the food enters the front door to the time you throw it in the trash can.   This is a great class for anyone that handles food in your child care.  A minimum of ten people are needed for this class. Pre-approved in-service hours are available for professional development hours.

  • Food Allergies and Child Care

    This class provides an overview of food allergies with information on safe preparation and service.  Handling a child with specific allergies will also be covered.  A minimum of ten people are needed for this class. Pre-approved in-service hours are available for professional development hours.

  • Gardening with Child Care

    Learn how to start a garden with your child care, and what can be done with your children.  Team Nutrition curriculum is included.  A minimum of ten people are needed for this class. Pre-approved in-service hours are available for professional development hours.

Program fees vary depending on the topic and supply needs, but typically range between $50 and $75 per hour.

Contact Cindy Brison with any additional questions at (402) 444-7804,, or complete the form below if you are interested in more information.

Additional Offerings Available

Nebraska Extension's early childhood education team provides research based information and strategies to help you support growth and development of young children. Learn more about professional development and class offerings throughout the year from the Douglas-Sarpy Counties Learning Child Team.