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Cooking Matters: Creating Positive Mealtime Attitudes

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Positive early childhood experiences surrounding food and the social environment are critical for shaping healthy eating behaviors later in life. In this training, child care providers will recognize their role in establishing healthy attitudes and behaviors towards food among the children in their care.

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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:

  • Create mealtime rituals as a way to build healthy eating habits through the Ritual Brainstorming Group Activity.
  • Identify and discuss mealtime attitudes and behaviors to model for the children in their care through completion of Feeding Kids Well Takes Teamwork Group Activity and the Mealtime is Learning Time Group Activity.
  • State and practice using helpful phrases to support healthy food choices using the Set a Healthy Example handout.
  • Set goals and action items about rituals and healthy mealtime behaviors with the Creating Positive Mealtime Attitudes worksheet.
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 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.

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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