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Training for Child Care Providers

Are you a child care provider looking for easy, low-cost ideas for whole grain snacks and meals? If so, this free hands-on training is for you! This training counts towards the 3-hour nutrition training requirement for Parent Aware.

Building a Healthy Plate: Cooking with Whole Grains

We offer free face-to-face trainings for child care providers on serving whole grains in their meals and snacks. This 3-hour, hands-on training provides credit towards Parent Aware certification. Topics covered:

Extension is partnering with the Cargill Foundation to offer these trainings in the seven-county metro area throughout the summer and early fall. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Training Dates and Locations

Session Date — English (Weeknight Classes, 6:30-9:30 p.m.)

  • August 4 — Savage, 6000 McColl Drive (Savage City Hall)

Session Date — English (Saturday Classes, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

  • September 13 — St. Paul, 10 Yorkton Court (Think Small-St. Paul)

Session Date — Hmong (Wednesday Class, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.)

This class will be taught in Hmong.

  • August 13 — St. Paul, 10 Yorkton Court (Think Small-St. Paul)

Session Date — Somali (Wednesday Evening Class, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.)

This class will be taught in Somali.

  • August 6 — Minneapolis, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue Suite 250 (Think Small-Mpls)

Session Date — Somali (Saturday Class, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

This class will be taught in Somali.

  • September 13 — Bloomington, 8900 Portland Ave South (Valley View Middle School)

Cost: Free

See printable flyer for more details.

Training is funded in part by the Cargill Foundation. Contact Mary Schroeder (hedin007@umn.edu; 507-828-2547) if you have questions.

Other Recommended Resources

Building a Healthy Plate: Child Care Provider Resources — Help parents use whole grains at home too with these resources.

Whole Grain Parent Newsletters — Provides these newsletters two times throughout the year to inform parents about whole grains, as well as to promote continuity in whole grain consumption for children between child care and home. Part 1 (1.3 MB PDF) | Part 2 (917 K PDF)

Whole Grains: Whys and Hows — This 2-minute video shows you how to know if something is whole grain and why you should eat whole grains.

Kids Eat RightAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics — Find scientifically-based health and nutrition information, including recipes and how-to videos, to help your children grow.

Whole Grains: Whys and Hows — This 2-minute video shows you how to know if something is whole grain and why you should eat whole grains.

CACFP Menu Planning GuideU. S. Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition — Begin the menu planning process in a home- or center-based child care with this toolkit as your guide.

CACFP Wellness Resources (1.5 MB PDF) — U. S. Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition — Child care provider resources on nutrition, physical activity, screen time, wellness policies and much more.

Kids Eat RightAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics — Find scientifically-based health and nutrition information, including recipes and how-to videos, to help your children grow.

Preschool Booklist (1.2 MB PDF) — Michigan Team Nutrition — Try reading some books with your children from this list to promote positive nutrition and physical activity messages.

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