Training Opportunities Online
Maine Health – Let’s Go
- Eat Right, Grow Strong: Nutrition for Young Children
Overview of what specific foods should be offered to young children along with how and why these foods should be offered. The goal of this module is to educate childcare providers on how they are helping to shape children’s eating behaviors, and how they can create an environment that promotes and supports healthy eating. (1 hour)
- Moving Children to Good Health: Physical Activity for Young Children
Basics of physical activity for young children and the role body movement has in proper development. The goal of this module is to educate childcare providers on the gross motor recommendations for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as the important role child care programs and their staff plays in helping children develop active lifestyles. (1 hour)
Courses are free. Complete post-lesson quiz for certificate.
Institute of Child Nutrition
- CARE Connection ‐ Serving Nutritious Foods in Child Care
This course features key information for serving nutritious foods while in child care settings. (2 hours)
- CARE Connection ‐ Planning Cycle Menus in Child Care
This course is designed to provide the end user with key practices for planning cycle menus for child care settings. (2 hours)\CARE Connection ‐ Step‐by‐step Menu Planning in Child Care – based on the Grab and Go Lesson: Step-by-Step Menu Planning from the CARE Connection resource for child care providers. Menu planning is an essential task child care providers can adopt to ensure children receive healthful meals that look and taste great. (4 hours)
- Nutrition 101 4th Ed.
Basic foundation in nutrition, current dietary guidance, the importance of physical activity in health, and awareness of personal taste preferences and healthful food choices. (8 hours)
Create a user account and log in to register. Interactive online format with pre- and post-course quizzes. Download certificates after completing courses. Free courses.
University of Washington Public Health Nutrition
- Let’s Move! Child Care: Physical Activity
This course provides information for early childhood professionals about the importance of providing physical activity to the toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2-5) in their care. The material in this training has been adapted from the Let’s Move! Child Care training on physical activity. (1 STARS hour)
Emails certificate within 30 days. Free Course
Penn State Extension
- Better Kid Care On Demand Modules
Offering over sixty 1 and 2-hour courses in a variety of topics, including: Childhood Obesity Prevention, Healthy Foods, Healthy Beverages, Physical Activity, Children Can Cook, Food Allergies, Food Safety, Outdoor Play, Family-Style Dining, Picky Eaters, Snack Time, etc. Options for Family Child Care. Some courses available in Spanish. (2 hours)
Course content is open. Course fee of $5/class required to take post assessment and receive certificate.
Child Care Aware
- From Food to Physical Activity
Explore the importance of healthy eating, proper nutrition and physical activity in the early childhood setting. The strategies for minimizing the development of childhood obesity issues will be identified. In addition, the topics of responding to and accommodating food allergies in young children will be addressed. (4 hours)
Create a user account and log in to register. Course fee $35.