Raising Healthy Eaters in Early Child Care & Education
Early Care and Education centers in Georgia are invited to virtually complete this 1-hour training at one of our pre-selected times. If you are interested in scheduling a private center training, contact us at Strong4LifeECE@choa.org.
Who is the Raising Healthy Eaters training for?
This training is designed to help early care educators, teachers, administrators and other staff follow best practices when it comes to:
- Providing healthy and developmentally appropriate foods and drinks.
- Practicing responsive feeding during meals and snacks for a positive pressure environment.
- Supporting the development of children’s feeding skills and milestones.
- Integrating mealtime with other domains of child development.
What does this training offer?
Upon completion of this training from the majority of the center, you will be eligible:
- To receive 1 Bright From The Start (BFTS) credit hour
- To order—at no cost to the center — the education materials pictured below.
Healthy feeding practices impact child development
Intentionally planned mealtimes and food-related experiences support all 5 domains of child development within the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS):
- Physical development and motor skills. Healthy, developmentally appropriate foods and feeding practices support proper growth, sensory experiences and fine motor skill development.
- Social and emotional development. Responsive feeding practices and mealtime routines promote self-regulation and help children bond with their caregivers while developing a sense of self.
- Communication, language and literacy. Mealtime provides an opportunity to support nonverbal and verbal cues of hunger and fullness, and to help children develop language connecting food and mealtime to the world around them.
- Cognitive development and general knowledge. Food-based learning activities and mealtimes provide opportunities to connect food with math, science, social studies, creative development and more.
- Approaches to play and learning. Encouraging feeding milestone practice and achievement supports the development of initiative, exploration and persistence.
Get more information about how to incorporate the GELDS during mealtime.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is an approved entity by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
This training has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education for early care and education professionals in Georgia, meeting Workforce Knowledge Competency 1.4. Certificates will be provided upon completion of the training and a post-training survey.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta planning committee members and content experts have no relevant financial relationship to declare. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta did not receive commercial support for this continuing education activity.
In order to document your participation and provide continuing education credits, we need to collect private information, including your name and email address. Your information will not be shared or used for other purposes.