Award winning programs that help early childhood educators foster enthusiasm for healthy foods and active play in young children.

Early Sprouts Online Training Details

Eating a healthy diet can be a challenge for anyone. Early childhood educators can foster healthy habits with young children by applying the process of discovery to nutrition education. With the Early Sprouts approach, discovery starts in the vegetable garden, extends to the table, and draws on a unique blending of research-based approaches from two disciplines: early childhood education and nutrition science.

The Early Sprouts Online Training provides early childhood educators with teaching methods and tools to implement the Early Sprouts approach, including the discovery of and appreciation for healthy foods, as well as strategies for meaningful parent involvement.

This online, self-paced course is directed toward early childhood educators with all levels of education and experience. There are no prerequisites.


 What you’ll learn

  • The basics of young children's nutrition
  • How to apply the Early Sprouts approach to your early childhood setting
  • How to build and maintain a schoolyard garden
  • The role of sensory exploration and cooking activities in nutrition
  • How to engage families and motivate staff
  • How to use Early Sprouts with CACFP
  • How to make Early Sprouts work in your center or classroom


The course consists of nine self-paced modules with interactive lessons and quizzes. Each module must be completed in sequence with a passing score before advancing to the next. There is no limit on the number of times a quiz can be retaken. Course access is available 24 hours a day.


  1. An Early Sprouts Overview
  2. Nutrition and Young Children
  3. The Nutritionally Purposeful Preschool Classroom
  4. Building and Maintaining a Garden
  5. Sensory Exploration
  6. Cooking with Young Children
  7. Engaging Families
  8. Using Early Sprouts with CACFP
  9. Making it Happen in Your Center