Center for Public Health Nutrition

Media Aware Child Care II

Newly Updated Online    STARS Training

Media Aware Child Care II is a free online training course developed and maintained by state-approved trainers* at the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition. This course provides early learning professionals with information and ideas for promoting healthy and well-rounded growth and development of children with regards to digital media and screen use. This training was published in January 2017 and is an updated version of our orginal Media Aware Child Care training created in 2011.

Course Objectives

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

1. Explain to others the effects that screen time and media use have on young children.
2. Understand and know where to access evidence-based guidelines for screen time for children, both in child care settings and at home.
3. Apply new strategies to reduce screen time and use digital media wisely in your child care program.
4. Talk to parents about healthy media use for children at home.

STARS Credits*

One(1) STARS continuing education hour in Health, Safety & Nutrition can be earned by completing the Media Aware Child Care II online training.


This online training is made freely available to early childhood professionals thanks to support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health.



Link to the online training


*State-approved trainers are identified by Washington's Managed Education and Registry Infromation Tool (MERIT). MERIT is an online professional development tool for early care and education and school-age professionals that is owned and operated by the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and manages State Training and Regsitry System (STARS) training. All trainings and trainers listed in MERIT are state-approved for STARS training.

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