Nutrition in Child Care

Nutrition in child care provides a variety of resources to support child care professionals and families with information about healthy eating, active living, child development and child health. 

Foods, beverages, mealtime and physical environment all influence a child's health while they are cared for away from their home. The child care setting is the perfect place to expose children to healthy meals, activities and choices. 
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Child Health Resources for Early Care and
Education Providers

Nutrition Nibbles

A Tri-County Health Department newsletter for families with young children which includes fun ideas for good food and active play.

Spring 2016 -Cooking In vs. Eating Out
Winter 2016 - Help Kids Keep a Healthy Weight
Summer 2015 - Start Early Reading
Spring 2015 - Setting Examples for Children


Healthy Foods


Are you looking to serve more whole grain-rich foods? Cereal can be an easy one to switch. Check out this list of cereals that contain whole grains and are also low in sugar. 

MyPlate whole grain ideas (Spanish).
MyPlate fruit ideas (Spanish).
MyPlate vegetables ideas (Spanish).

Teacher's Corner
Links to credible nutrition lesson plans.

TCHD Training Sessions
Through training sessions with community partners, registered dietitians communicate information related to health and nutrition topics. 

Training sessions may include subjects such as:

  • Meal planning
  • Label reading
  • Sweetened beverages
  • Whole grains
  • Child Care program activities
  • Role modeling
  • Mealtime environment
  • Regulations in place to support healthy child care practices
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Infant Feeding and Breastfeeding Resources
University of Colorado Infant Feeding Information and Best Practices for Child Care facilities.

On-line Instructional Video for Child Care Professionals
Early Learning Ventures:
Preventing Obesity and Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood Settings
Food Friends: 
Fun with New Foods and Mighty Moves

Child Development
Colorado's Early Learning and Development Guidelines.
Learn the Signs Act Early

Health and Safety in Child Care
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care