The Sunflower Bakery Training Program for adults (18+) with Learning Differences


Sunflower Bakery Program

 Sunflower Bakery and Cafe is a non-profit located in Montgomery County, Maryland. It offers training in the pastry arts and food industry for adults ages 18+, with learning differences due to diagnosed disabilities, as well as learning differences that are undiagnosed due to socioeconomic impacts or inadequate and/or inconsistent educational supports. Since 2010, Sunflower Bakery has served over 220 young adults and teens in our three programs. We have two programs serving young adults to help prepare for future successful employment, as well as our Summer Teen Baking Exposure sessions.  
The Pastry Arts Employment Training Program
Since 2011, Sunflower Bakery’s Pastry Arts Employment Training Program has graduated 57 students. New classes for the 26- week program begin approximately every 5 weeks and students work closely with our pastry chef  instructors. Located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the program prepares students for employment in bakeries, supermarkets, restaurants, catering companies and other food-related businesses. The training includes formal pastry instruction, ServSafe and employee development training, on- the- job training, paid internship in our production kitchen and assistance in securing employment. 
The Café Sunflower Employment Program
Located in North Bethesda, Maryland, Cafe’ Sunflower prepares 8 participants annually for jobs working in "front- of- house" environments. It consists of 3 months of customized, on -site training and 6 months of supervised employment at our Café. New classes start every quarter. Students focus on areas such as customer service and barista training, as well as ServSafe food handler certification.. Employee development training includes work ethic and attitude, communication, time management, goal-setting, resume development and job search skills. 
Summer Teen Baking Exposure classes
Four one-week sessions are offered at the end of June and during the month of July to provide job exposure and work experience to teens who are still attending high school. In 2017, 22 teens participated in these sessions. More information on these sessions will be forthcoming.
To learn more about the program and see our students in action we encourage potential candidates to visit Sunflower Bakery or Café Sunflower, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please schedule a visit by emailing
If you know of anyone who may benefit from our program please contact Sara Milner at for more information