Nurturing Young Eaters: Healthy Mealtimes (Available in English and Spanish)

Nurturing Young Eaters: Healthy Mealtimes is a free online training course developed and maintained by state-approved trainers* at the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition.

The goal of this training is to empower early learning professionals to provide engaging and healthy mealtime environments and take advantage of mealtime opportunities to promote learning and child development.

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 and Updates

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 is an updated version of our previous Nurturing Young Eaters training, though the majority of the content has remained the same. The updated version includes new features like discussion boards, resource pages, and automated Completion Certificates. 

STARS Credits*

One and half (1.5) STARS continuing education hours in Health, Safety & Nutrition can be earned by completing the Nurturing Young Eaters online training. The training should take about 90 minutes 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: January 14, 2020

Author(s): Tori Bradford

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