Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education


Professional Standards

Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Rules Governing the Certification and Continuing Professional Development of Child Nutrition Directors, Managers and Workers (March 2005) (DOC)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hiring Requirements and Professional Standards for Child Nutrition Directors (effective July 1, 2015), Updated (PDF)

Food Service Assistants / Workers

  • Arkansas Certification Rules require at least 10 hours of documented annual Child Nutrition specific professional development 



Training from DESE, Child Nutrition

Online Training Modules are available at The topics include:
Production Records
Smart Snacks
Menu Planning
Meal Patterns
Labels & Product Information
Required Recordkeeping
Non-Program Foods
Kitchen Management
Civil Rights
Financial Management – Coming Soon

Training Available from the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)

Additional Resources  


State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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