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Nutrition activity ideas, cooking activities, and nutritous and easy recipes for snacks and meals for children.

Healthy nutrition and feeding practices are foundational for the growth of young children. Knowing what and how to feed children in infancy through the early years is important for families and caregivers as they help establish healthy habits that will carry through until adulthood. The ABCs of Growing Healthy Kids are a helpful resource for providing general feeding information from birth through six years of age. Specific topics of interest are also covered such as picky eaters, healthy snacks and breakfast ideas. Downloadable PDFs are available for printing and sharing.

Todos los profesionales del cuidado infantil son responsables de mantener a los niños en su cuidado sanos y seguros. Las personas que cuidan y enseñan a los niños necesitan saber 1) cómo crear espacios seguros, 2) utilizar prácticas seguras con los niños, 3) desarrollar e implementar estrategias diarias de prevención y gestión de enfermedades, y 4) tener un plan para mantener a los niños seguros en caso de emergencia. Este módulo de seis horas, ofrece una visión general de todos los temas de salud y seguridad necesarios de Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) (Cuidado de y Desarrollo de los Niños Block Grant (CCDBG). (K7.1 C1, CDA1) 6 hours

Families with busy schedules can struggle for time to put a home-cooked meal on the table, much less find time to include young children in cooking activities. What was once considered a life skill is becoming, for some, a dying art as convenience and processed foods become the norm. Yet, children can learn much more than healthy food choices through early experiences with cooking and there are benefits for families as well.

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Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease that affects young children and is five times more common than asthma. Untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infection, resulting in children who stay out of care and experience problems with eating and speaking. Dental decay (also known as dental caries) can affect children’s concentration and learning. Twenty percent of children between five and eleven years of age have at least one untreated, decayed tooth. Children from low-income families suffer from twice as much untreated tooth decay (25%) as children from higher income families (11%). (CDC 2014) Yet tooth decay is easily preventable. Regular dental habits such as toothbrushing and a healthy diet can reduce the occurrence of cavities greatly. To be most effective, both should be part of a child’s routine at home and at his early care and education program. Additionally, adults in the child’s life should model good oral health practices and participate in routines with the child.

Food allergies in children have increased significantly in recent years though the reason why is not yet clearly known. Understanding how to manage food allergies in the child care setting is essential for keeping children safe and for helping parents to feel confident about the ability of other caregivers to know what to do, especially in the event of a food allergy emergency.

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