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Course Objectives

By the end of this training, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how developmentally appropriate and supportive mealtime environments benefit young children, families, and early learning programs.
  2. Describe the Six Principles for feeding young children in group settings.
  3. Consider which strategies you can use to promote healthy mealtime environments in your program and how they relate to Early Achievers.


STARS Credit: 1.5

Training provides one and a half (1.5) STARS continuing education hours in Health, Safety & Nutrition. See FAQ page for more information on STARS credits. 

The training should take about 90 minutes to complete. 

Training Outline

  • 1

    Overview and Introduction

    • Course Overview and Objectives

    • Training Outline

    • Early Achievers Connections

  • 2

    Part 1: WHY & WHAT

    • WHY MEALTIMES MATTER AND WHAT MAKES A MEALTIME HEALTHY

    • Young child eating habits

    • Why do mealtimes matter?

    • Pause and Reflect

    • What is a healthy and supportive mealtime environment? - Video

    • Family Style Dining

    • Benefits for Providers

    • Healthy mealtime practices also benefit providers

    • Six Principles for Feeding Young Children in Group Settings

    • Six Principles for Feeding Young Children in Group Settings - Continued

    • Part 1 Review

  • 3

    Part 2: HOW

    • HOW TO CREATE HEALTHY MEALTIMES

    • How can you create healthy and supportive mealtimes?

    • 1) BEFORE MEALTIMES - Classroom Activities

    • 1) BEFORE MEALTIMES - Appropriate utensils and supplies

    • 1) BEFORE MEALTIMES - Prepare healthy foods

    • 1) BEFORE MEALTIMES - Prepare healthy foods

    • 1) BEFORE MEALTIMES - Transitions

    • 2) DURING MEALTIMES - Ideas & Video

    • 2) DURING MEALTIMES - Tips

    • 2) DURING MEALTIMES - Conversation

    • 2) DURING MEALTIMES - Honoring Cues

    • 3) AFTER MEALTIMES

    • Tips for Success - Video

    • ENGAGING WITH FAMILIES

    • Resources You Can Share With Families

    • Working With Families - Written Policy

    • Part 2 Review

  • 4

    Part 3: PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT

    • USING MEALTIMES TO PROMOTE CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND GROWTH

    • Mealtime Learning and Development Opportunities - Video

    • Mealtime Learning and Development Opportunities - Discussion

    • Mealtime Learning and Development Opportunities

    • Scenario 1 - Internal Cues and Food Intake

    • Scenario 1 - Ideas

    • Scenario 2 - Social and Emotional Self-Regulation

    • Scenario 2 - Ideas

    • Scenario 3 - Mealtime Motor Skills

    • Scenario 3 - Ideas

    • Key Resources for Early Learning

  • 5

    Final Quiz and Wrap-Up

    • Final Quiz

    • Action Plan

    • Summary and Wrap-Up

  • 6

    Evaluation

    • Training Evaluation

Instructor

STARS Trainer

Tori Bradford

Tori Bradford received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington in Social and Behavioral Science in 2015. She has since worked for the Center for Public Health Nutrition, coordinating various research projects and managing online STARS trainings for early learning providers in Washington State. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.