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Registration Open for Virtual Child Care Forums


The California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division, in collaboration with the WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies, is pleased to announce that registration is open for the virtual 2021 Child Care Forums.

Child Care Meal Quality Forums

The Child Care Meal Quality (MQ) Forums are designed to assist early child care program food service staff to enhance the quality of meals served to young children. This year, the Child Care MQ Forums will take place in a virtual classroom and kitchen. The forums will highlight ways to enhance the nutrition environment of early child care programs through improved food preparation and service using the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program meal patterns for children. The forums highlight healthy meal planning, food purchasing, food preparation, culinary skills, recipe development, and kitchen safety. Participants will be exposed to culinary techniques to assist with the creation of meals to bolster health and wellness. All attendees will receive a toolkit with a variety of resources that they can immediately use in child care centers (CCC) and homes.

Visit the California Preschool Instructional Network Child Care MQ Forums web page External link opens in new window or tab. for the agenda, registration links, session descriptions, speakers, target audience, recommendations to optimize the virtual Child Care MQ Forum experience, professional growth hours, and contact information.

Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Forums

The Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) Forums highlight and demonstrate methods for integrating nutrition education, edible gardens, wellness policies, and physical activity into CCCs and homes. This year, the Child Care NPA Forums will take place in a virtual classroom. Participants will learn ways to create environments that maximize opportunities for children to develop healthy eating habits and to move their bodies to learn. These forums provide a unique platform where early childhood educators can express challenges and develop solutions toward supporting active living and healthy eating environments. All attendees will receive a variety of tools and resources they can immediately use in CCCs and homes.

Visit the California Preschool Instructional Network Child Care NPA Forums web page External link opens in new window or tab. for the agenda, session descriptions, speakers, professional growth hours, cost, and registration information.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Courtney Hardoin, Nutrition Education Consultant, by email at chardoin@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 26, 2021
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