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Cook with Kids!

The Child Nutrition Programs Cook with Kids! online training.

Course Description

Learn how cooking with children benefits their health and school performance. This training provides four simple steps to plan, prepare, and present a successful cooking activity for your classroom or after school program. Participants will review a cooking event planner, key tips for instruction, and resources to keep students safe while cooking.

  • Course Number: 431
  • Training Length: 30 minutes
  • Certificate: Available at the end of the training
  • Target Audience: Teachers, Child Care Providers, Nutrition or Wellness Coordinators, Food Service Directors, and Expanded Learning Program Staff
  • Mandatory: No
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: February 2018

Online Course

Begin the Cook with Kids! External link opens in new window or tab. course

Referenced Resources

The following lists and handouts are referenced throughout this online course:


  • Crediting: 0.5 hours
  • Key Area: Nutrition (1000)

    • Training Topic: Nutrition Education (1200)

      • Learning Objective: Plan age or grade appropriate nutrition education activities using U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition materials when possible (1210)

For more information on crediting, access the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) web document Professional Standards Learning Objectives External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Additional Information

The following resources provide additional information and curriculum to support nutrition education programs or events:

  • CDE California Nutrition Education Resource Guide for more information on how to plan, implement, and evaluate instructional strategies for a comprehensive nutrition education program.

  • CDE Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Food Activity Guide for classroom activities that link academic content standards to the real world through gardens, nutrition, cooking, recycling, and the environment.

  • CDE Content Standards web page for defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.

  • CDPH Harvest of the Month web page External link opens in new window or tab. for more opportunities to share fun nutrition facts about fruits and vegetables, easy to cook recipes, and tasting ideas that bring together the classroom, cafeteria, home, and community.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division by phone at 800-952-5609 or by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 13, 2019
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