Health Resource Spotlight: Nutrition Education

January 19, 2017


Nutrition Education: Resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website.

The Problem

If families or child care staff lack knowledge about good nutrition, it can affect the overall health of the children they care for.

Some Solutions

The Early Childhood Health and Wellness portal on ECLKC has an entire web page devoted to nutrition resources, including a section on nutrition education. Some of the resources are directed at consumers and/or families, and others at early childhood educators.

Grow It, Try It, Like It! is a garden-themed kit for child care staff. The kit includes seven booklets featuring fruits and vegetables and describes various adventures through an imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm. Through stories and activities, children learn about six healthy foods—everything from how the food looks, smells, and tastes, to how to grow it, to recipes for cooking or baking with it. The kit can be downloaded from the ECLKC website; hard copies can also be ordered.

Some of the other resources under the nutrition education section include a tip sheet for parents and caregivers on how to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits and a “Little Voices for Healthy Choices” webinar on nutrition for infants and toddlers.

Explore the nutrition education page to see what may be helpful to you.

Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety

Krista Scott

Written by Krista Scott

Krista Scott is an experienced child health expert working at the forefront of policy, advocacy and equity as the current Senior Director for Child Care Health Policy at CCAoA. For over 15 years, Ms. Scott has worked in public health and education, primarily in non-profit and government agencies, where she has honed her expertise in early childhood health, mental health, special education, program development and support and in using policies to strengthen practice. Ms. Scott has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Social Work with a focus on management and policy.