Child Care Provider Nutrition Training

Designed for child care providers, learn about healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children.

Training features:

  • 13 different training topics
  • 2-hour class
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) approved
  • Approved for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers


Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Infants, toddlers, preschool, and school age children “learn” nutrition, physical activity and other health behaviors by observing and imitating adults. Childcare providers will experience ‘less than ideal’ role modeling, will hear and see parents’ opinions of role modeling, and will develop an action plan to foster more positive role modeling to help children engage in more health promoting behaviors and practices.

Color Me Healthy - Food Colors and Health
Preschooler’s rejection of fruits/vegetables is common. This program shares the health benefits of fruit/vegetable color groups and 10 fun activities to increase recognition and acceptance of fruits/vegetables.

Don’t Give Kids a Tummy Ache!
Is it the flu or a food borne illness? How does food become unsafe? How do we protect the children we care for from food borne illnesses? Find answers while learning the basics of preventing food borne illnesses as you play “Fight Bac” bingo.

Gardening with Children
Gardening promotes healthy lifestyles, early learning experiences, social development, and environmental stewardship among preschool children. Childcare providers will engage in experiential learning gardening activities (crafts, learning activities, literacy, container gardening basics, and taste testing).

Just a Bite—Managing Food Allergies in Child Care
The incidence of food allergies is on the rise, increasing the chances that childcare providers will have a child with food allergies under their care. What are the most common food allergens? What are the current laws/regulations pertaining to the food labeling of potential food allergens? Learn the signs and symptoms of food allergies and common food allergens for children. Practice altering menus to avoid food allergens and reading labels to identify food allergens.

Linking Literacy with Food: Read, Learn, Eat!
Early reading and language development helps kids be "school ready" and greatly increases their chance for academic success. A great way to introduce literacy is to link reading to food! This class will share well-loved children's books and food related activities to use with children. Learn new ways to connect with children as we explore literacy strategies to use with great books including: Bread and Jam for Frances, Growing Vegetable Soup, Pancakes, Pancakes, No More Germs Please, Everyone Brings Noodles, Apples, Apples, Apples, and Everyone Cooks Rice.

Move for Thought
Demonstrate the Move for Thought Pre-K kit, which includes physical activities (large motor) in integration with pre-academic concepts, self-regulation skills, books, and music during typical routines in Early Childhood classrooms (transitions, large/small groups, outside play).

MyPlate in my Childcare: Four Easy Steps
Research suggests the groundwork for lifelong dietary habits may be laid down during the preschool years. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate provide recommendations that can be implemented in the childcare setting. Learn four specific MyPlate recommendations you can implement in your childcare setting.

Spend Smart and Eat Smart in the Childcare Business
Good nutrition does not have to be expensive. Childcare providers will learn strategies to save money on their food expenses while incorporating new ideas into menu planning and food shopping.   

Who Leads, Who follows: Feeding and Physical Activity Division of Responsibility in Childcare
Feeding and physical activity in child care settings can easily become ‘control issues’ between children and the providers. What is the responsibility of the provider related to what, when, where, and whether a child eats? What is the responsibility of the provider related to what, when, where and whether a child is physically active?

I Only Want a Peanut Butter Sandwich!
Picky eating is a normal behavior among toddlers/children. Childcare providers will identify strategies to promote healthy eating habits, taste test new foods, and foster a pleasant mealtime experience for all.

Meal Planning Magic
Processed foods are commonly used and consumed because of their convenience. Meal planning magic provides a framework to plan and serve nutritious, convenient meals. Meals planned using MyPlate are also likely to meet Child and Adult Care Food Program criteria. Meal and snack planning is discussed, demonstrated, and sampled. 

Infant Feeding 101
Child care providers will learn proper food safety, infant feeding regulation practices, and how to support the health and wellbeing of both breast- and formula-fed infants and their families.

How can I signup?

Child Care Professionals - If you are interested in attending child care training offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, check the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry for upcoming training dates and locations.

Agencies/Organizations - If you are interested in sponsoring a nutrition training for child care professionals, please contact the Nutrition and Wellness Specialist in your area for more information. Visit the county office map, click on your county and use the ‘staff’ tab to find the specialist serving your county.

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