Center for Public Health Nutrition

Early Care and Education

 

Healthy child development depends on eating nutritious food and being physically active every day. This is especially important during early childhood when young children are rapidly building their brains and bodies. The Center for Public Health Nutrition has developed a variety of early childhood-focused trainings, tools, publications, and research to support environments that make it easy for young children to be active and develop healthy eating habits.

Trainings for Early Care and Education Professionals:


Free, online STARS trainings

  • Nurturing Young Eaters – provides information for early childhood educators on ways to provide engaging and healthy mealtime environments and take advantage of mealtime opportunities to promote learning and child development, and earn points for Early Achievers. This online training is free and participants earn one (1) STARS continuing education credit in Health, Safety & Nutrition.
  • Media Aware Child Care II – provides information for early childhood educators on ways to promote healthy and well-rounded growth and development  of children regarding digital media and screen use. This online training is free and participants earn one (1) STARS continuing education credit in Health, Safety & Nutrition.
  • Let’s Move! Child Care Breastfeeding Support Module –provides information for early childhood educators about how to support breastfeeding moms and babies and the benefits of doing so. This online training is free and participants earn one (1) STARS continuing education credit in Health, Safety & Nutrition.
  • Let’s Move! Child Care Physical Activity Module –provides information for early childhood educators on the importance of physical activity for toddlers and preschoolers. This online training is free and participants earn one (1) STARS continuing education credit in Health, Safety & Nutrition.
  • Let’s Move! Child Care Healthy Eating Module – provides information for early childhood educators on ways to provide healthy beverages and food to the children in their care. This online training is free and participants earn one (1) STARS continuing education credit in Health, Safety & Nutrition.

Tools and Resources:

 

  • Healthy Policies Toolkit - A guide for development and implementation of child care program policies based on nutrition and physical activity best practice standards for early care and education programs. Contains self-assessment checklists for 13 nutrition and physical activity best practices, model policy language and implementation tips, action planning worksheets, and a resource list.
  • Washington Active Bodies Active Minds (WAABAM) – Information for early childhood health and education professionals about the importance of limiting screen time and encouraging physical activity for young children, including a toolkit.