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Nutrition 101 for Early Childhood Educators

Course Description

Early childhood educators have the opportunity to not only teach nutrition concepts and healthy behaviors in the classroom, but they are often eating with young children 2-3 times a day. This gives them the chance to model healthy behaviors and teach mini impactful lessons with each meal. This training equips early childhood educators with foundational nutrition knowledge to help them incorporate healthy eating behaviors into their own lives and become role models to the children they care for.

This training will detail:

  • the six classes of nutrients we need to be healthy (carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water),
  • the five food groups we need to eat to obtain all of those nutrients (fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein),
  • common barriers to healthy eating and how we can overcome them,
  • and we will dispute common nutrition myths that impact how we eat.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, successful participants should be able to:

  • Detail which nutrients are needed to obtain or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • List the five food groups and describe 2-3 healthy options for each group.
  • Describe two common barriers to healthy eating and list possible solutions for each.
  • List at least 3 popular nutrition myths and explain why they are false.

Clock hours: 2.0 clock hours  Course Cost: $12 USD


This training is approved by:

  • The State of Texas according to §746.1317 of the Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers
  • Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development and Early Education

Upcoming Live Webinars

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021

Time Options: 2:00 pm CST (3:00 EST) or 6:30 pm CST (7:30 EST)


This training is also available On-Demand.

On-Demand trainings allow educators to complete their hours at their own pace. Once enrolled, you will have 1 year to complete the course.