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Family Style Meals in Child Care focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to make meals and snacks more enjoyable. The 2-hour, on-demand, self-paced class combines brief lecture segments with photos and videos of effective mealtimes, an interview with a teacher of toddlers, and a panel discussion of the barriers to family style meals and practical solutions to overcome those obstacles. The class concludes with an active planning process to implement this research-based approach to mealtimes.


  • Young children's diets, good news and areas for concern
  • Goals for children’s nutrition learning
  • Benefits of family style meals to programs, staff and children
  • Key components of family style meals: responsibilities, role models and routines
  • Barriers to implementing family style meals and examples of practical, real-life solutions
  • Strategies for introducing new foods to young children
  • Optimal adult mealtime behaviors and behaviors to avoid when eating with children
  • Preparing children for family style meals

Fee: $20.00 per student

Enroll in class

Approved by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Child Care for 2 clock hours of training.

Refund and Withdrawal Policy

Questions? Please contact Sara Gable, PhD at

Child care provider and toddlers sitting at table together, dishing up food

Preschool girl serving herself

Toddler boy selecting cup from basket of cups