Welcome to the Healthy and Active Preschoolers, Nutrition Learning Center for Child Care Professionals!
Healthy and Active Preschoolers is a place to learn more about nutrition. Every day preschool directors, teachers, and family day care providers make decisions about what foods to offer young children based upon their knowledge of nutrition. Consequently, child care staff play a significant role in shaping the food habits of young children.
Therefore, it is important that educators be knowledgeable about nutrition, physical activity, and child development in order to engage in effective developmentally appropriate nutrition practices that promote children’s desire for healthy foods, enhance development, and facilitate learning and play.
Child care environments must model healthy eating and help young children develop healthy and active lifelong habits. The Nutrition Learning Center is the place to help you do just that! We hope you view the Learning Center as a tool to assist you in providing a “nutrition-rich” environment that promotes healthy eating practices at your child care center or family day care home.
Healthy and Active Preschoolers is designed primarily for child care center administrators, directors, and teaching staff. Day care providers and child nutrition personnel (food service staff) may also find the information offered on the site beneficial.
This Web site was developed by California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center at Fresno City College with funds administered by the California Department of Education, Child Development and Nutrition Services Divisions, and the California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California.
The Cal-Pro-NET Center instructional team developed a site that offers a variety of nutrition resources. The site includes:
- Nutrition and nutrition-related courses
- Classroom nutrition education curriculum
- Nutrition tips for child care staff and parents
- Nutrition and physical activity songs and storybooks
- Nutrition and physical activity calendar of events
The Cal-Pro-NET team provides technical assistance related to the Web site content and is available to help Web site visitors and course participants achieve their professional goals.