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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

District Superintendents, Superintendents of Schools, Chief School Officers of Nonpublic Schools, Executive Directors of Residential Child Care Institutions, School Food Service Directors/Managers
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Thursday, May 11, 2017
New State-wide Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP)

The Child Nutrition Program Administration (CNPA) at SED will be enhancing the existing Child Nutrition Management System (CNMS) and related Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP).  As part of our mission to preserve the nutritional and fiscal integrity of NYS Child Nutrition Programs, CN’s primary objective is to ensure all eligible children receive free or reduced priced meals. 

Beginning July 1, 2017, the CNPA will be launching a new functionality within the New York State Student Identification System (NYSSIS) Web application which will move the DCMP from the local level to the State level. (The NYSSIS Web app is accessible to authorized users through the NYSED Application Business Portal. 

This Child-Nutrition-specific functionality within the NYSSIS Web app will provide authorized users access to direct certification data, which will match NYSED student records in the NYSSIS system (including your students’ local ID) to records from other State agency data sources such as OTDA/SNAP and DOH/Medicaid. 

In the coming weeks, CNPA will be providing more details regarding this new process through e-mails and on the Child Nutrition Knowledge Center (CNKC).  While we transition to this new web application, we will continue to allow SFA’s access to the direct certification data via the current process through CNMS.   CNPA will also be providing training and guidance during the late spring, summer and fall for all SFAs participating in child nutrition programs.

It is hoped that a move to a State-level match system, when combined with existing SED processes and data stores such as SIRS, will provide increased access to free meals to children entitled to free meal benefits and allow for more accurate reporting, better policy and decision making at the local, State and federal levels.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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