Good nutrition is critical for children’s brain development and learning, but feeding young children can be challenging, especially in child care settings. Growing Healthy Eaters is an online training course for early childhood educators that provides them with knowledge and skills to create a nutritionally purposeful child care environment—one that is deliberate in its approach to nutrition and supports preschool-aged children, their families, and care providers in the development of lifelong healthy eating behaviors.
Through this training, early care professionals will learn about the important role they play in children’s nutrition, and will be provided with resources, tools, and knowledge that will help them implement nutrition policies and practices that support children’s health.
What you’ll learn
- The basics of young children’s nutrition
- How children’s eating habits are formed
- How to develop child care policies and practices that foster healthy eating behaviors
- The role of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in child care programs
- Menu planning strategies
- Food safety principles
- How to support challenging eaters
- How to engage families and child care staff in creating environments that support good nutrition practices
The course consists of six 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.
- Nutrition & Young Children
- Supporting Young Children in Developing Healthy Eating Habits
- The Role of the Educator in Young Children's Nutrition
- Feeding Children in Early Child Care Settings: CACFP, Menu Planning, and Food Safety
- Supporting Challenging Eaters
- Engaging Famlies & Staff