Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals

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Course Number
SB.FF.CMFCCP
Overview
Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals empowers early childhood professionals to create positive mealtime environments and provide nutritious foods for the children in their care. Each of its five modules offer professionals hands-on practice in the kitchen, interactive discussions on ways to make healthy choices about food served to children, and practices to promote healthy eating behaviors.

Clock Hours
8

Course Delivery Method
Face-to-Face. See information below about how to register.

Target Audience
Early childhood educators and directors, Family child care home providers, Cooks employed with early childhood programs

Recommendations
 
Participants must be working in a home- or center-based early childhood education setting with children ages 0-5 and providing meals and/or snacks. 

Fee
This training is offered at no cost to early childhood education professionals.

Objective

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

  • practice creating mealtime rituals as a way to build healthy eating habits

  • discuss mealtime attitudes and behaviors they can model for the children in their care

  • practice using helpful phrases to support healthy food choices

  • discuss basic principles for preventing foodborne illness 

  • practice identifying simple ways to modify recipes to meet their needs

  • prepare recipes they could make at home and serve to the children in their care

  • discuss the tools available to guide choices about foods served to kids

  • practice identifying whole grain foods by reading label ingredient lists

  • prepare healthier versions of common convenience foods

  • discuss safe, age-appropriate tasks for kids in the kitchen

  • discuss the pros and cons of using different forms of fruits and vegetables 

  • practice identifying ways to prepare and serve foods so that they appeal to kids

  • discuss the benefits of planning menus in advance 

  • practice strategies to save money when food shopping

  • celebrate their success in planning and preparing healthy meals and creating a healthy food environment for the kids in their care

Competencies

This training aligns to Colorado's Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators.

  • Child Growth, Development, and Learning 4.2:  Utilizes knowledge of the current research and pedagogy (e.g., early brain development, continuity of care) to implement strategies that support environments, interactions, relationship-building, and experiences which foster positive brain development and emotional competence. 

  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition 14.1:  Describes safe and sanitary food handling procedures when purchasing, storing, preparing, and serving meals, snacks, breast milk, and formula.

  •  Health, Safety, and Nutrition 14.2: Implements and models practices for safe and sanitary food handling procedures when purchasing, storing, preparing, and serving snacks, meals, breast milk, and formula.

  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition 15.1: Identifies healthy and appropriate eating habits for children. Understands the role of culture in eating habits. 
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition 15.2: .Models and maintains an environment that supports healthy eating habits by providing developmentally and culturally appropriate eating utensils and encourages self-help skills during meals and snacks.
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition 16.1: Describes and models professional practices to ensure health hazards in meals and snacks (e.g., choking and allergies) are eliminated.
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition 16.2:  Implements professional practices to ensure that health hazards are eliminated during meals and snacks. 
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition 17.1: Defines ways to communicate with families about menus, children’s eating patterns and amounts, mealtime skills and behaviors, family preferences, and diverse influences on food and eating habits as appropriate by age and situation.
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition 17.2:  Communicates with families about menus, children’s eating patterns and amounts, and other issues around food and nutrition that are appropriate to diverse cultural backgrounds.
  •  Health, Safety, and Nutrition 18.1:  Identifies the age related nutritional needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children.
  •  Health, Safety, and Nutrition 18.2:  Implements and ensures meals and snacks that are nutritionally sound based on program policies, procedures, practices, development, and special needs of children.
Registration
This course is available through two organizations, Cooking Matters Colorado  and Healthy Child Care Colorado. Please visit these organizations' websites to 
register for this course or to arrange a training for your program. You may also contact Heather Aguilar (haguilar@strength.org or 303-801-0319) or Amber Troutman (atroutman@strength.org or 303-801-0178) with Cooking Matters Colorado to schedule a training for your program.
You may contact Healthy Child Care Colorado by phone, (303) 339-6800, or email, info@healthychildcare.org. You may also register for Healthy Child Care Colorado scheduled events on Eventbrite.

Last Update 7/26/2019
Additional Information

This course has been recognized as aligned to The Colorado Competencies and meeting best practice standards for adult instruction through the Colorado Shines PDIS Training Alignment Process. The Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities, issued by the Division of Early Care and Learning, Colorado Department of Human Services, take precedence over any course content.

To view Child Care Licensing Rules:
http://www.coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com/rulesandregulations

For more information, contact your child care licensing specialist.

Please note, instructors will mark your attendance and course completion in the Colorado Shines PDIS within seven days of the course event date. Paper certificates might not be issued at this training. You may confirm your course completion, view, and print an online certificate through My Dashboard – My PDIS Transcript menu navigation of the Colorado Shines PDIS. Please do not upload a course certificate that is already linked to your Colorado Shines PDIS account as this may delay processing of professional credentials.

Course Hours
8.00

Scheduled Event(s) for this Course
Overview
This course is available through two organizations, Cooking Matters Colorado and Healthy Child Care Colorado. Please visit these organizations' websites to register for this course or to arrange a training for your program. You may also contact Heather Aguilar (haguilar@strength.org or 303-801-0319) or Amber Troutman (atroutman@strength.org or 303-801-0178) with Cooking Matters Colorado to schedule a training for your program. You may contact Healthy Child Care Colorado by phone, (303) 339-6800, or email, info@healthychildcare.org.

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