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Feeding Preschoolers: Nutrition for Growth and Development

This course will cover developmental milestones and how they relate to self-feeding, preschooler nutrient needs, meal patterns, and common meal time concerns.

Feeding preschoolers nutritious foods plays a very important role in growth and development, while also helping young children establish healthy eating habits. Early childhood educators and staff are essential in this process. This course will provide childcare providers with important nutrition knowledge that will help guide them as they plan menus, serve foods to young children, and deal with common problems in the cafeteria.

This course also discusses mealtime struggles that often occur with preschoolers. We will discuss strategies to help early childhood educators navigate these struggles and provide solutions that will make mealtimes easier and safer.

By the end of this training, successful participants will be able to:

  • State the relationship between preschooler development stages and self feeding. .
  • List the nutrients needed during the preschool years and describe how these nutrients impact growth and development.
  • List the food groups and detail appropriate food choices for preschoolers.
  • State at least 2 common mealtime concerns for preschoolers and describe potential solutions.

Clock hours: 1.5 clock hours Course Cost: $13 USD.

This training is approved by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

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Your Instructor


Jessica Barnes, PhD, RDN, LD
Jessica Barnes, PhD, RDN, LD

Dr. Jessica Barnes received her PhD in nutrition from Texas Woman's University. Her research focused on food preference development and creating materials to help preschoolers become familiar with healthy foods. She has worked with families and communities as a clinical and community Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Part 1: Preschooler Growth & Development
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  Part 2: Energy and Nutrient Needs
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  Part 3: Food Groups and Preschooler Serving Sizes
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  Part 4: Common Mealtime Concerns and Solutions
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  Conclusion
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Course expires one year from date of purchase.

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