Feeding Environment

Feeding Young Children in Group Settings

University of Idaho School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

An educational program designed for child care professionals, educators, food service workers, and anyone who trains staff or parents on issues related to feeding. The Web site includes video vignettes, educational activities, and additional resources.


Happy Mealtimes for Healthy Kids

National Food Service Management Institute.

This resource includes four comprehensive training lessons designed to teach child care staff best practices in feeding children. Includes evaluations, handouts for staff and parents, interactive activities, and a training script. Training focuses on the feeding relationship between adult caregivers and young children. It uses the family style meal service model.


Pass the Peaches, Please: Creating Positive and Pleasant Mealtimes in Early Childhood Programs

Montana Team Nutrition.

This training addresses a variety of mealtime scenarios and tips for making mealtimes with children pleasant and enjoyable for both children and adults.


CARE Connection: Happy Mealtimes

National Food Service Management Institute.

A variety of resources for child care centers and family day care homes participating in the CACFP that focus on offering healthful meals served in a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere. Materials include grab and go lessons, sample letters to parents, children's activities, and videos. From the CARE Connection curriculum series.


From the Trainer's Tablet: Lessons for Family/Home Child Care Providers

National Food Service Management Institute.

Lesson plans developed for child care providers to train staff on providing nutritious meals for young children. Includes a lesson on family style meals.


Setting the Stage for Eating Well: The Nutrition Environment (PDF | 1.28 MB)

State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Missouri Team Nutrition.

Presentation introduces preschool teachers and food service staff to the benefits of family-style meals.


Healthy Bites: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Nutrition

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

A guide for improving nutrition in the child care environment. Also available in Spanish (PDF | 20.29 MB).


Water and 100% Juice Tip Sheet

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.

Water and Juice Dos and Don’ts with lots of helpful tips.