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Cooking Matters: Safe Cooking with Confidence

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Child care providers learn to safely prepare more home-cooked meals for the children in their care. This training includes an overview of food skills and safety as well as hands-on-meal preparation using Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) approved recipes.

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

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 basic principles of preventing foodborne illness with the Bacterial Bundles demonstration and during hands-on food preparation, including proper hand washing and sanitation techniques, and using food thermometers to check the internal temperature of foods.
  • Identify simple ways to modify recipes to meet their needs with the Making Recipes Work for You handout.
  • Practice knife safety and food preparation techniques through hands-on cooking of 2 to 3 recipes.
  • Set goals and action items about food safety and recipe choices with the Safe Cooking with Confidence worksheet.

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

  • 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 16.1: Describes and models professional practices to ensure health hazards in meals and snacks (e.g., choking and allergies) are eliminated.

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.

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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