December 2022 Newsletter – Keeping Child Development in Mind During the Holidays

Keeping Child Development in Mind During the Holidays

The end of the year is filled with holiday traditions and celebrations that are meant to be joyous and merry.  Gatherings bring families and friends together for festivities and camaraderie. Children and adults alike feel the excitement in the air. Unfortunately, instead of excitement some people become overwhelmed with feelings of anticipation, anxiety, and stress.

There are countless articles and social media posts reminding adults of steps they can take to relieve stress this holiday season. One can usually find a stress relief tip or two that resonates with their particular situation and helps them navigate this fun and busy time of year.

But what about stress-relief tips for children? Where can they turn when the stress of the holiday season becomes too much? Are they even able to make the connection between the stress of the season and stress-reducing strategies they could employ?

Unfortunately, there are too few calming outlets for young children to utilize when they become overwhelmed even if they can recognize what they are experiencing. They cannot decide to withdraw from events. They don’t recognize when it is time to take a break. They may not have the capacity to independently practice deep breathing techniques. Their stress manifests in different ways, often in what adults consider to be inappropriate behaviors.

Children need adults who notice the signs of stress and take action to address the stress in the environment. They need adults who take the time to help them recognize stress and communicate how they are feeling in appropriate ways. And they definitely need adults who understand how stress impacts young children and avoid creating undue stress in the first place.

This is an important time of year for adults to review common theories of child development and consider how the holiday season can have an impact on children’s experiences, actions, and behaviors. In this month’s newsletter, we will highlight just a few theories of child development as a reminder of where young children are so that we can create realistic expectations for children and provide them with a few stress-reducing tools of their own.


For the article Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development, CLICK HERE

For the article Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development, CLICK HERE

For the article Bowlby’s Attachment Theory, CLICK HERE

For the article Executive Functions, CLICK HERE

November 2022 Newsletter – Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction: Director’s Corner – Measuring Teacher Satisfaction

Director’s Corner – Measuring Teacher Satisfaction

In other sections of the newsletter, we have focused mainly on customer satisfaction. Let’s shift our attention to a different area of satisfaction that impacts program quality and supportive environments for children: teacher satisfaction.

Staff turnover can have a huge impact on family satisfaction, the program’s bottom line, and the ever-important consistency that children thrive on. Members of leadership should spend time gathering and analyzing employee feedback just as they focus on family satisfaction.

The tips for designing surveys shared in this newsletter apply to creating surveys for teachers.  Areas that you may want to measure include satisfaction with:

  • Orientation and onboarding
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Resources and materials
  • Curriculum tools
  • Policies and procedures
  • Program culture and support
  • Relationships with peers and members of leadership

Again, anonymity may be necessary to garner the most honest results.

Here is the Early Childhood Job Satisfaction Survey from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership that you can use.

Mock exit interviews.

One tool you could use to gather feedback is your program’s exit interview questionnaire. If your program does not currently have an exit interview procedure, click here.

Conducting mock exit interviews allows members of leadership to uncover and address areas of dissatisfaction before employees decide to move on.  To conduct mock exit interviews, create an anonymous document and ask employees to imagine that tomorrow is their last day on the job.  Ask them to share their feedback as if they were no longer going to be a part of the team.

Use a mix of ratings, yes/no questions, and open-ended questions to encourage teachers to fully express their feedback. Assure employees that all information will remain confidential and anonymous.

The results of this activity may be eye-opening for members of leadership, but they are valuable nonetheless. Teachers may appreciate the fact that you are attempting to be proactive to address the areas of their job that they are not happy with.

Once results are compiled, summarize the findings at a team meeting. Work with the team to prioritize the needs expressed in the results and to address areas of improvement.

Here is a link to an informative article about conducting teacher satisfaction surveys.


For the main article Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction, CLICK HERE

For the article Gathering Feedback, CLICK HERE

For the article Questions to Ask, CLICK HERE

For the article Responding to Feedback, CLICK HERE

November 2022 Newsletter – Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction: Responding to Feedback

Responding to Feedback

Whether a family brings an issue to your attention verbally or through a survey, it is vital that the issue be addressed quickly, fairly, and thoroughly.  This might be difficult if the issue was raised through an anonymous survey, but it should be taken just as seriously as an issue brought up in person.  The person who provided the feedback will be watching to see if action is taken.

Once a survey closes, review the results to determine which areas are generating positive feelings from your customers and whether there are areas where there is room for improvement.  Be sure to take time to recognize and celebrate the positive feedback – you and your team deserve it!

After recognizing positive feedback, look for areas where scores are lower.  Take time to reflect on the feedback that was shared to see if there are patterns of a larger problem present or if it is an isolated situation.  Gather the individuals who are most closely involved with the situation and discuss current practices or policies. It’s important to confer with your team before promising to fix an issue.  Wait until you have more information before creating a plan to address the issue.

Walk through the customer experience from start to finish to attempt to identify and reduce unsatisfying elements of the situation. Gather the perspective of others who may be able to uncover solutions that are not obvious to you.

Sometimes a family will be unhappy with something that is mandated by licensing regulations or a program policy.  It is important to follow up with these families to explain the reason behind the policy or practice.  Unfortunately, you may not be able to fix these types of concerns other than to help the families understand why the situation exists.

Revisit what is working. Some elements of what makes customers happy could be generalized to different areas of the program.  For example, if families have shared that they are very happy with the level of communication about curriculum decisions, but unhappy with the way that policy changes are communicated, there may be a way to modify how you communicate about curriculum to keep families updated on policy changes.

Some cases may require a deeper dive into the issue with the respondent of the survey. Again, show appreciation for the feedback and ask the person if they would like to set up a time to talk about the issue. If they take you up on your offer, set up a meeting.  If they decline, thank them for bringing the issue to your attention and let them know that you are working on a plan to address the situation.

Share plans with families, when appropriate. You could use part of your newsletter to summarize the survey results and share general plans for addressing the findings. As families see that you are reading and responding to their feedback, they may be more likely to complete surveys in the future.  Be sure to thank everyone who responded to your survey. Share your appreciation for their feedback as you seek continuous quality improvement.

You may want to deploy another survey a few weeks after a new solution has been put in place.  This will allow you to gather feedback on the new approach.

Here is an article discussing ways to respond to customer feedback.


For the main article Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction, CLICK HERE

For the article Gathering Feedback, CLICK HERE

For the article Questions to Ask, CLICK HERE

For the article Director’s Corner: Measuring Teacher Satisfaction, CLICK HERE

November 2022 Newsletter – Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction: Questions to Ask

Questions to Ask

Designing surveys and analyzing the results can get complicated. That doesn’t mean that the survey questions you ask should also be complicated – think simple. People may be more likely to complete surveys if they are brief and easy to read and complete.

It is a good idea to include the length of the survey in your invitation to complete the survey.  For example, in your email to families, you could ask them to complete a quick, six-question survey about the field trip options for summer programming.

One way to determine what questions to ask is to evaluate surveys that have been deployed in the past. Review the results and identify the solid information the survey produced. At the same time, look for areas where the questions asked didn’t produce helpful information and make revisions to those questions.  For example, a question about menu satisfaction that resulted in a low score but no opportunity for families to give specific feedback should be revised.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Be specific.

If you want specific information, you will need to ask specific questions.  It may be helpful to gather general feedback about overall satisfaction from time to time, but targeted questions are also useful. If you want to know how families are using the new electronic daily reports, ask them for specifics about the product and how they are using it.  If you only want to know if families are happy with the electronic daily reports, ask that.

Types of questions. 

There are many different ways to word survey questions that should be based on the underlying information you are trying to gather. Below are a few generally-worded questions you could use in a survey. Remember, you would want to modify these to incorporate the specific scenario in question.

  • Are you satisfied? Are you pleased with the current situation?
  • Did we meet your expectations? How well did your experience match your expectations in this situation?
  • Is ‘the product’ a good value? Do you feel ‘the product’ is worth what you are paying for it?
  • What impact have you seen as a result of this new initiative? How do you feel about the impact of this change?
  • Are we meeting your needs? How can we better meet your needs?
  • What was this experience like for you? How does this compare to past experiences you have had?
  • Would you refer us to a friend or family member?
  • Was the product easy to access? Are there any barriers preventing you from participating?
  • Do you find the product useful? What do you like/dislike about the product?

You could also ask for feedback about different features of the program, such as the playground, cleanliness of the facility, the curriculum, the hours of operation, etc.

Rating scales.

Many surveys ask respondents to express their opinions using a rating scale. Experts recommend using a 1-3 or a 1-5 scale. There are also 1-7 and 1-10 scales. The more numbers used, the more chance for inconsistency in how respondents define a score of 7 versus what a score of 8 means (in a 1-10 scale).

Rating scale questions can ask about the level of satisfaction (1= Not very satisfied to 5= Very satisfied).

You could also ask respondents to agree or disagree with the survey statements. For example, XYZ Early Learning Centers explained the enrollment paperwork requirements to me in a way that was easy to understand.

It may also be beneficial to gather feedback using a list of adjectives that respondents click on if they feel the adjective represents their feelings about your services.

Here is a link to an article that explores types of rating scales in detail.

Open-ended questions.

It is a good idea to include a few open-ended questions that invite respondents to share more details about their experience with your program. These can be optional questions.  Again, consider the goals of the survey to determine the best open-ended question(s) to include.  Here are a few questions that can be modified:

  • How are we doing?
  • What could we do better?
  • Is there anything else that you want to tell us?
  • If you could change one thing about your experience, what would it be?
  • Please share any barriers that prevent you from participating/taking full advantage of our services.
  • What could we have done differently that would have changed your mind about disenrolling?


For the main article Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction, CLICK HERE

For the article Gathering Feedback, CLICK HERE

For the article Responding to Feedback, CLICK HERE

For the article Director’s Corner: Measuring Teacher Satisfaction, CLICK HERE

November 2022 Newsletter – Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction: Gathering Feedback

Gathering Feedback

It is common for child care programs to have family satisfaction surveys that are sent out periodically.  Some programs have a comment box or an open-door policy that families can use to share their concerns and feedback with program staff.  Unfortunately, not everyone is comfortable sharing their concerns through these methods. This might be due to past experiences when nothing was done in response to a shared concern. Other people avoid confrontation and simply disenroll, perhaps citing financial or logistical reasons for the departure.

For these reasons, and more, it is important to establish several different avenues of communication for folks who have different preferences and experiences.  There is no shortage of tools that providers can use to create and deploy surveys, including Google Forms or products like SurveyMonkey.

The use of these products is recommended, but to ensure that families respond, it is important to establish a culture of collaboration where, from the first day of enrollment, feedback is elicited and encouraged.

Here are some practices to consider:

The timing of requests for feedback/survey deployment.

In some cases, you will want to gather feedback immediately after an event or touchpoint with a family.  Directly after enrollment may be a good time to ask families for feedback about the enrollment process, including how well-prepared they felt for their child’s first day.  You may also ask for feedback directly after an open house or other event hosted by the program.

In other cases, timing might not play a crucial role in when you ask for feedback. For example, asking for feedback on the outdoor play experiences that the program offers could be gathered at any time of year.

Who is invited to provide feedback?

When considering whom to ask for feedback, it is just as important to elicit information from people who were unable to attend an event as it is to ask for feedback from participants. This should be done in a second survey, with a different set of questions. Doing so may help you identify barriers to participation that you had not thought about when scheduling the event.

Likewise, asking for feedback from families who are no longer enrolled in the program might provide important information about concerns that were not raised when the family was enrolled. If you are not in the practice of surveying disenrolled families, consider developing a survey specific to this population.

Survey frequency and style.

It is recommended that programs use a variety of surveys to engage families. Avoid sending the exact same survey every time you ask for feedback unless your sole objective is to compare satisfaction levels month over month.

Use a combination of online and paper surveys.  Text families a survey one month, send home a paper survey the next month and include a survey in the program’s newsletter the following month.

Get creative with surveys – offers simple smiley face and thumbs up or down surveys that can provide a quick and simple temperature check that you may find appropriate for some of your events. In other cases, you may decide that more information is needed.

Keep in mind, using simple surveys can help you establish that culture of collaboration, so be sure to use them as part of your overall satisfaction-measuring strategy.

Create a schedule for deploying surveys based on upcoming events and other program features that you want to highlight. The schedule should be organized so that there is a consistent pattern of asking for feedback.

Reflect on the type of feedback you want in order to determine the best method of getting that feedback.  Part of that reflection should also focus on the types of questions you want to ask, which we will explore in another section of the newsletter.

Topics to cover.

The topics covered in your satisfaction measurements should vary as much as the type of surveys you deploy. Ask fun survey questions regularly, such as How excited are you for the weekend?, which can be collected on a dry-erase board near the front door.  Remember, you are trying to open lines of communication.  Families may be more willing to come to you with big concerns if you have shown interest in the little things.

Boosting participation.

Be sure to send out a reminder for folks to complete the survey. You can also mention it to families as they pick up or drop off their children.  Find that balance between reminding and pestering.  Show genuine appreciation when surveys are completed.

You may decide to boost engagement with a prize of some sort that is given at random to someone who has completed the survey.  With permission, announce these prize winners on social media, on lobby signage, or in an upcoming program communication or newsletter.

Ensuring anonymity can also boost returns, so consider the benefits of gathering feedback without names attached.


For the main article Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction, CLICK HERE

For the article Questions to Ask, CLICK HERE

For the article Responding to Feedback, CLICK HERE

For the article Director’s Corner: Measuring Teacher Satisfaction, CLICK HERE

November 2022 Newsletter – Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction

Measuring and Boosting Satisfaction

In business, it is quite common for companies to measure customer satisfaction as one way to evaluate the health of the organization.  Evaluating customer satisfaction is a way to determine whether the product or service you provide meets the needs and expectations of your customers.  Dissatisfied customers will take their business elsewhere. This is certainly bad for business but in the child care industry, the impact is much greater.

Yes, customer satisfaction increases family engagement and retention, which impacts a program’s bottom line.  However, the number one reason child care professionals (at every level) should be concerned with customer satisfaction relates to what research tells us about the importance of consistency for young children.

Children build strong bonds with their caregivers in early learning programs. These attachments support the development of strong social and emotional milestones. When these bonds are broken due to changes in a child’s enrollment status, that development can be impacted.

By gathering and analyzing satisfaction data, programs can determine whether issues that arise are due to one-off incidents or part of a larger, underlying problem that requires attention. In this month’s newsletter, we will explore ways that both educators and program administrators can assess satisfaction in an effort to create stable, consistent learning environments for young children and their families.

Don’t wait for a bad review to start measuring satisfaction.  Get started today with some of the ideas we explore in this edition of the CCEI newsletter.


For the article Gathering Feedback, CLICK HERE

For the article Questions to Ask, CLICK HERE

For the article Responding to Feedback, CLICK HERE

For the article Director’s Corner: Measuring Teacher Satisfaction, CLICK HERE

October 2022 Newsletter – Exploring Healthy Foods: Build a Nutrition Resource Library

Build a Nutrition Resource Library

There is so much information out there related to nutrition, food safety, and healthy eating; too much to fit into one binder.  You may decide to make a binder available to families, but it may be a better idea to curate an online nutrition resource.  Using a platform such as Pinterest comes to mind when considering this endeavor.  All resources can be stored in organized folders that can be marked private for enrolled families only or you might keep the folders public as a way to demonstrate your program’s commitment to the children and families in your care.

Here are a few resources that you can explore, regardless of how you decide to organize and share them:

My Plate

  • Information relating to the USDA meal planning tool.

Team Nutrition

  • This resource aims to support schools and child care programs as they implement healthy food service programs.

Kids in the Kitchen

  • Resources to teach children about food and kitchen safety.

Action for Healthy Kids

  • Resources and activity ideas for healthy eating and living for kids of all ages.

We Can!

  • Provides resource ideas for healthy eating, staying active, and reducing screen time.

Let’s Move!

  • Archived activities and resources from the White House initiative on healthy living.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Future

  • Resources for ECE providers, trainers, parents, and local leaders.

Super Healthy Kids

  • Activity ideas for teaching young children about nutrition.

Nutrition Standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks

  • All the information a program would need to meet CACFP meal planning standards and much more!


For the main article Exploring Healthy Foods, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Early Learning Standards, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Activity Ideas for Children, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Family Engagement Ideas, CLICK HERE

October 2022 Newsletter – Exploring Health Foods: Nutrition-Related Family Engagement Ideas

Nutrition-Related Family Engagement Ideas

Because food is such a universal experience, nutrition-related activities are a great way to invite families to engage with your program. Here are a few tips you can incorporate:

  • Include a Nutrition Tips section in every newsletter. This section should encourage families to explore healthy snack recipes and provide substitution options for popular less-than-healthy foods.
  • Social media posts. Use social media to communicate with current and potential families about the healthy habits you are helping children establish. Be sure to include a call to action in your posts so families can engage with the post.
  • Quizzes with prizes. Periodically, send out a quiz question about healthy eating. Pull a winner from all the families who submit the correct answer.  Highlight the winners (with permission) on social media or other program communication.
  • Inexpensive snack to-go bags can be provided to families. This could be something that children prepare on a Friday for consumption over the weekend. The snack bags could also be put together by staff members and set out in baskets during pick-up time.
  • Collect healthy recipes for a program-wide cookbook. Ask families (and staff) to include pictures of the food items and of them preparing the recipe with their children.
  • Host family cooking events. Brainstorm easy, healthy recipes that families and children could prepare together during an open house event. Invite the community to draw new families or encourage families to bring their friends and relatives.
  • Invite speakers to share their knowledge and ideas with families during family events. Again, invite the community to participate in the event to spread the word about your program.
  • Create a healthy food committee. Ask families to sit on a healthy living committee. These individuals could be responsible for advising on menu changes and substitutions, contributing to the Nutrition Tips section of the newsletter, and sharing social media posts.
  • Promote or host health-related community events. Let families know when healthy living expos and events are planned in your community. If this is not something that regularly happens in your community, you may want to take on organizing one yourself, hosted at the child care facility.
  • Share resources with families. When you come across reputable resources, pass them along to families.


For the main article Exploring Healthy Foods, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Early Learning Standards, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Activity Ideas for Children, CLICK HERE

For the article Build a Nutrition Resource Library, CLICK HERE

October 2022 Newsletter – Exploring Healthy Foods: Nutrition-Related Activity Ideas for Children

Nutrition-Related Activity Ideas for Children

Below are just a few of the possible activities and project ideas that incorporate the learning standards covered in the previous section.  Be sure to become familiar with the learning standards used in your state so you can make the most of these engaging activities.

Food Project – How does food reach our table?

  • Investigate how foods are grown, harvested, processed, transported, stored, sold, prepared, etc. Invite people who work at each step of the process to speak to your class.  You may be able to involve family members who work in some aspect of the food chain.  It’s ok if your initial list of steps omits a link in the food chain – the children may discover it as the project progresses.  For details about setting up projects, consider reviewing the May 2022 edition of the CCEI newsletter.

Visit local food-related destinations.

  • Whether part of a project or a stand-alone field trip, take community walks to local food-related destinations in your community. You may choose to visit a farmer’s market, orchard, strawberry patch, grocery store, or restaurant. Brainstorm a list of questions that you want to ask the employees of the establishment before you go.  Ask for volunteers to ask these pre-determined questions while on the trip.

Host a tasting party.

  • This is a great way to get children excited about trying new foods. Be sure to avoid known food allergies and foods from the list of common food allergens.  Arrange foods into a bracket – think college basketball. Gather votes at each stage of the tasting bracket to determine the best-tasting food.

Healthy snack competitions are a great way to incorporate a little friendly competition between classrooms.

  • Work with the children to create a healthy and tasty snack recipe that could be shared with other classes. Recipes could be found in cookbooks or magazines or completely made up. Be sure to incorporate healthy ingredients. Again, hold a vote to see which snack recipe is the favorite.

Another program-wide competition.

  • This option involves each teacher surveying children about the number of fruits and vegetables they ate the previous day. The class with the highest number of fruits and vegetables wins! Survey questions could focus on a different aspect of healthy living each month.

Play a matching game using recipe instructions.

  • Hide measuring tools (measuring cups, spoons, liquid measuring cups, etc.) and plastic food items or pictures of ingredients around the room. Have children pick a random food item out of one hat and a measurement tool out of another hat. Then encourage them to look around the room to find the two items.

Talk about what foods do.

  • Regularly talk with children about the vitamins and minerals found in the foods they are eating. Share with children how those elements support growth and development in the body.

Follow the recipe.

  • Without a doubt, cooking activities engage children’s minds and bodies. Consider how cooking activities are currently being conducted. For best results, cooking activities should be conducted in small groups. This allows more participation and engagement for children. When cooking activities are done with the whole group, most children watch while only a few participate. Also, be sure to create illustrated recipes for children to follow since they cannot yet read. Use images from magazines or take pictures of the ingredients and measuring tools to attach to the steps of the recipe. Examples of visual recipes can be found here.

General Food Safety Lessons.

  • Handwashing – Continue to promote independence and hygiene by monitoring and coaching children as they wash their hands.
  • Cross contamination and temperature concerns – Talk with children about how some ingredients may contain germs and ways to prevent the spread of those germs. Teach children that germs grow in warm temperatures, which is why it is important to keep the refrigerator closed.
  • Food allergies – Children should be aware of the types of foods that cause allergic reactions and what those reactions look like. This will help normalize food allergies, promote self-advocacy, and build empathy.
  • Family-style dining practices – If you are not currently serving meals in a family-style manner, introduce it! Work with children to come up with the guidelines that will be followed during meals such as how to pass foods around the table, how to ask for seconds, and how to refrain from licking serving spoons!
  • Safety in the kitchen – Whether you are going to cut up fruit or cook baked goods or not, children should be aware of the dangers that exist in the kitchen. Create kitchen safety plans that children can take home to share with their family members.

Here is a resource with more ideas:


For the main article Exploring Healthy Foods, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Early Learning Standards, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Family Engagement Ideas, CLICK HERE

For the article Build a Nutrition Resource Library, CLICK HERE

October 2022 Newsletter – Exploring Healthy Foods: Nutrition-Related Early Learning Standards

Nutrition-Related Early Learning Standards

When you take a moment to think about it, there are a ton of naturally-occurring learning opportunities in nutrition and cooking activities.  Here are just a few examples of early learning standards across the country that can be promoted during nutrition-related activities:

From Pennsylvania:

  • Standard 10.1 PK.C: Identify foods that keep your body healthy.
    • Identify healthy and unhealthy foods.
    • Classify foods by food groups.
    • Make healthy food choices.

From California:

  • Nutrition Choices 2.2: Indicate food preferences that reflect familial and cultural practices.
  • Observation and Investigation 1.3: Begin to identify and use, with adult support, some observation and measurement tools.
  • Documentation and Communication 2.1: Record observations or findings in various ways, with adult assistance, including pictures, words (dictated to adults), charts, journals, models, and photos.

From Oklahoma:

  • S.3: Notice and describe similarities and differences among plants, animals, and objects.
  • S.4: Share noticings and wonderings about the physical and natural world.
  • S.6: Engage in investigations based on curiosity and wondering about the physical and natural world.

From Florida:

  • Mathematical Thinking (Three-year-olds):
    • 5: Shows beginning understanding of spatial relationships and position words.
    • 7: Engages in activities that explore measurement.
  • Scientific Thinking (Three-year-olds):
    • 1: Uses senses to collect information through observation and exploration.
    • 2: Begins to use simple tools for observing and investigation.

From Texas:

  • A.2. Child shows understanding by following two-step oral directions and usually follows three-step directions.
  • E.8. Child attempts to use new [English] vocabulary and grammar in speech (ELL).
  • D.2. Child practices good habits of personal health and hygiene.

From Michigan:

  • Social Studies 6: People and Their Environment. Children increase their understanding of the relationship between people and their environment and begin to recognize the importance of taking care of the resources in their environment.
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition 8: Healthy Eating. Children become aware of and begin to develop nutritional habits that contribute to good health.

From New Hampshire:

  • Nutrition: Try healthy foods from a variety of cultures when given the opportunity.
  • Vocabulary development: Try healthy foods from a variety of cultures when given the opportunity.
  • Representational process: Aware that some symbols represent words and numbers.

With some creative planning, activities that build nutrition awareness can also promote social skills, mathematical and scientific thinking, and cultural awareness.  Food is universal; everyone has experiences with food that they can share. Focusing on food and nutrition can support community-building efforts and strengthen children’s sense of identity.

Check out the rest of the newsletter for activity ideas you can use with children and families.


For the main article Exploring Healthy Foods, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Activity Ideas for Children, CLICK HERE

For the article Nutrition-Related Family Engagement Ideas, CLICK HERE

For the article Build a Nutrition Resource Library, CLICK HERE