The CORE team kicked off the 1st of 3 training conferences in Raleigh NC March 12-14, 2019 at the Hilton Embassy Suites Crabtree. More than 70 SA participants representing 20 states in 6 of the 7 USDA FNS Regions were engaged in an innovative train-the trainer learning journey as they navigated the 9 CORE modules. Participants were separated into two tracks that enabled each person to experience each module over the three-day conference. Although the experience of State agency participants ranged from staff new to the CACFP (less than 1 year) to staff with more than 20 years of CACFP experience, the feedback across the board was overwhelmingly positive. 95% of the surveyed participants agreed that the conference provided sufficient content, material, and techniques for them to implement the CORE training to their sponsoring organizations. Participants really enjoyed the training overall and stated it was one of the best trainings they have ever attended!