About the Institute of Child Nutrition
The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), part of the School of Applied Sciences at The University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. The Institute was established by Congress in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 1989. It is funded by a grant administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The specific duties of the Institute can be found in Section 21 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The Institute’s mission is to provide information and services that promote the continuous improvement of child nutrition programs.
As a national center, the Institute provides information, conducts applied research, and offers training and education opportunities using appropriate technology.
The Education and Training division of ICN is a trusted source for accurate, reliable information, the ET division coordinates and develops face-to-face and on-site training seminars at little or no cost and free online courses designed to support the professional development of child nutrition program and child care personnel at all levels of responsibility.
The Information Services Division is responsible for the information technology environment at ICN. ISD maintains local systems for staff as well as the ICN’online eLearning portal, ICN website, social media platforms as well as multimedia and teleconferencing.
The Administration Division of ICN manages logistical and financial aspects of ICN trainings, travel, and daily office management.
The Applied Research Division conducts comprehensive, needs-based studies that focus on areas that directly impact the success of child nutrition programs. The Institute’s research has been used by state agencies to set standards for program professionals and design training programs and materials and has been used to support the certification and credentialing program for the School Nutrition Association (SNA).