Center for Public Health Nutrition

Nurturing Young Eaters

Online STARS Training

Nurturing Young Eaters is a free online training course developed and maintained by state-approved trainers* at the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition. The goal of this training is to empower early learning professionals to provide engaging and healthy mealtime environments and take advantage of mealtime opportunities to promote learning and child development. This training will also highlight how providing engaging mealtime environments can help early learning providers earn points for Early Achievers, Washington's quality rating and improvement system.

Course Objectives

By the end of the 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 Credits*

One(1) STARS continuing education hour in Health, Safety & Nutrition can be earned by completing the Nurturing Young Eaters 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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