Media Aware in Early Learning (Available in English and Spanish)

Media Aware in Early Learning is a free online training course developed and maintained by state-approved trainers* at the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition.

This course provides early learning professionals with information and ideas for promoting healthy and well-rounded growth and development of children with regards to digital media and screen use.

This training highlights how providing engaging mealtime environments can help early learning providers earn points for Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement system.

Training Site Access

To access this course and all trainings in the series, create a free account on the Nourished and Active in Early Learning Trainings website. You will sign up once and use the same account for all courses.

This training is a newly updated version of our original Media Aware Child Care training, created in 2011 and updated to Media Aware Child Care II in 2017. The updated version includes new research findings and results from a recent state survey along with new features like discussion boards, resource pages, and automated Completion Certificates. 

STARS* Credits

Two (2) STARS continuing education hours in Health, Safety & Nutrition can be earned by completing the Media Aware in Early Learning online training. The training should take about 2 hours to complete.


This online training is FREE thanks to support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health.


Contact us at with questions about this training.


* The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) manages the Washington State Training and Registry System (STARS) through the Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT). STARS trainings provide state accredited continuing education hours for early learning providers. MERIT is an online professional development tool to find and track STARS training hours.

Publication Date: May 28, 2020

Author(s): Tori Bradford

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