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Cooking Matters: Choosing Healthy Foods for Kids

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Child care providers play a crucial role in ensuring that children in their care get the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy. In this training, providers learn to make smart choices about the foods they serve to kids through hands-on nutrition-based activities.

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Course Delivery Method
Face to Face and Virtual Webinar options. Please see information below on how to register. Virtual webinars require internet access and a device, such as a laptop or desktop computer, to view the session.

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

serving primarily low-income families.

Participants must be working in a home- or center-based early childhood education setting with children ages 0-5.


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

Upon completion, learner will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss several tools available to guide choices about foods served to kids using the CACFP Meal Patterns handout and the How Much is Here? Group Activity or Portion Distortion Group Activity. Practice reading nutrition labels and ingredient lists.
  • Identify whole grain foods by reading label ingredient lists using the Identifying Whole Grains Hands-on Activity, Putting Whole Grains to the Test demonstration, and using Nutrition Fiber Models.
  • State the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats with Nutrition Fat Models.
  • Set goals and action items around serving whole grains and healthier meals and snacks with the Choosing Healthy Foods for Kids worksheet.
This training aligns to Colorado's Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators.

  • 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.

This course is available through Cooking Matters Colorado. Please contact Heather Aguilar ( or 303-801-0319) or Amber Troutman ( or 303-801-0178) with Cooking Matters Colorado to schedule a training for your program. This course may be scheduled on its own or in conjunction with another Cooking Matters Colorado course. Please see below for scheduled events currently available for registration.

Last Update 11/14/2019
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:

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.

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