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Village Table live webinars allow participants an interactive, engaging learning experience.

Attendees are provided lessons through a web-hosted live lecture format, responsive activities throughout the course, a Q&A session with the trainer at the end of each webinar, and a completion certificate.


Links to access the webinar and all pertinent handouts will be emailed 24 hours prior to the start of the event.

Certificates of attendance will be sent to all registered attendees within 48 hours of the live webinar. 


Thursday, October 8, 2020

1:00-3:00 pm CST & 6:30-8:30 pm CST

Understanding Food Allergies: Strategies to Prevent and Manage Food Allergens in the Preschool Environment

Child care providers should feel confident in their abilities to provide a safe and healthy environment for young children. Given that 1 out of every 13 children have a food allergy, child care providers should be well informed on where we find food allergens, how to identify a reaction, and what to do should one occur.

This course begins by detailing the basics of food allergies and other adverse reactions to food. We discuss what is happening in the body, what symptoms may occur, how a preschooler may voice the symptoms they are experiencing, and who is at risk for adverse reactions. 

We spend a good portion of time discussing where we might find allergens in the foods we eat and in various classroom materials. Participants will spend time looking at food labels and familiarizing themselves with how to locate potential allergens. We will discuss a variety of alternative classroom materials and activities to minimize exposure. 

To help minimize exposure further, the training discusses proper hand washing, cleaning, and other considerations such as food-based rewards, class parties, field trips, and other areas where exposure may occur. 

Finally, we look at strategies to manage an allergic reaction should one occur. This includes understanding an emergency care plan, recognizing the signs of a severe allergic reaction, steps to take if you suspect anaphylaxis, and understanding the different roles of staff in the event of a severe reaction. 

Successful participants of this course will be able to:

  • State what a food allergy is, how the body reacts in the event of an allergic reaction, and who is impacted by allergies. 
  • State the primary food allergens and discuss how to find them in the foods we eat and in the materials we use in the classroom.
  • List strategies that you can implement in your pre-school classroom and cafeteria to prevent food allergy reactions from occurring. 
  • State your role as an educator and care-giver, should a food allergy reaction happen in your classroom or at your school.

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


Thursday, November 12, 2020 1:00-3:00 pm CST

Nutrition 101 for Early Childhood Educators

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.

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


Thursday, December 10, 2020 1:00-3:00 pm CST

Using CACFP Guidelines to Build a Healthy School Menu

Development of healthy eating habits begins early in life. A large majority of young children spend several days in some form of childcare outside their home each week and often consume multiple meals during that time. Childcare providers play an essential role in the development of healthy eating habits of children.

The CACFP was created to help ensure that childcare providers are able to offer healthy foods throughout the day, however, this still remains a challenge due to budget constraints and picky children. This course will help administrators and individuals involved in menu planning understand the history of the food program guidelines and how to navigate them; detail the importance of each meal component and how it relates to child growth and development; discover budget friendly options for each meal component; and help childcare providers make small changes to their own menus that will create a healthy impact on the children they care for.

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

  • Discuss how and why the CACFP was developed and detail current guidelines.
  • List and discuss the importance of each meal component and how these foods positively impact growth and development.
  • List at least 2 budget friendly options for each meal component.
  • List at least 2 ways they can alter their current menus to provide healthier choices

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


Thursday, January 14, 2020 1:00-2:00 pm CST

Managing Picky Eaters in the Preschool Environment

Picky eating is a common mealtime struggle for both parents and caregivers. The development of picky eating behavior can occur due to a variety of factors including food neophobia, increased childhood independence, and much more. Unfortunately, extreme picky eaters can make mealtimes difficult for those serving the meals and family and children eating with them.

This course will guide early childhood educators through the common causes of picky eating and discuss multiple solutions that can help make mealtimes more peaceful.

Successful participants of this course will be able to:

  • State at least three potential causes related to picky eating behavior.  
  • List at least 2 mealtime solutions to help manage picky eaters.
  • List at least 2 classroom solutions to help manage picky eaters

Clock hours: 1.0 clock hour Course Cost: $8 USD


Thursday, February 11, 2021

1:00-3:00 pm CST & 6:30-8:30 pm CST

Feeding Toddlers: Nutrition for Growth and Development

Feeding toddlers nutritious foods plays a very important role in growth and development, while also helping young children establish healthy eating habits. Early childhood educators and staff are essential in this process. This course will provide childcare providers with important nutrition knowledge that will help guide them as they plan menus, serve foods to young children, and deal with common problems in the cafeteria. 

This course also discusses mealtime struggles that often occur with toddlers. We will discuss strategies to help early childhood educators navigate these struggles and provide solutions that will make mealtimes easier and safer. 

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

  • State the relationship between toddler development stages and self feeding. .  
  • List the nutrients needed during the toddler years and describe how these nutrients impact growth and development. 
  • List the food groups and detail appropriate food choices for toddlers.
  • State at least 2 common mealtime concerns for toddlers and describe potential solutions. 

Clock hours: 1.5 clock hours Course Cost: $10 USD


Thursday, March 11, 2021

1:00-3:00 pm CST & 6:30-8:30 pm CST

Teaching Nutrition to Preschoolers: Messages with the Greatest Impact

Teaching nutrition to preschoolers plays a very important role in the development of lifelong eating habits. Early childhood educators are essential in this process. This course will provide early childhood educators with evidence based nutrition messages and learning objectives that are successful in increasing the knowledge base and understanding of nutrition concepts among preschool aged children. 

Incorporating these concepts also help to increase exposure to healthy foods, resulting in a potential increase in willingness to try new foods and decrease food neophobia. This helps to reduce mealtime struggles in the cafeteria. In addition, this training takes theory and turns it into practical application by providing classroom activity examples and suggestions on how to incorporate nutrition education informally through everyday activities.

Successful participants of this course will be able to:

  • State the importance of nutrition education in early childcare.  
  • Explain differences between informative, social norm, and health based messages, and state how and why they are used. 
  • State the common learning objectives that are effective when teaching nutrition to preschoolers.
  • List at least 3 formal nutrition activities that can be incorporated in the classroom.
  • List at least 2 ways nutrition concepts can be incorporated into everyday activities.

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



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Webinars at a Glance

10/8/2020 Understanding Food Allergies

11/12/2020 Nutrition 101 for Early Childhood Educators

12/10/2020 Using CACFP Guidelines to Build a Healthy School Menu

1/14/2021 Managing Picky Eaters in the Preschool Environment

2/11/2021 Feeding Toddlers: Nutrition for Growth and Development

3/11/2021 Teaching Nutrition to Preschoolers: Messages with the Greatest Impact