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Wellness, nutrition education training for early childcare providers

URBANA, Ill. – Positive habits for children start with healthy, happy, and empowered childcare providers. Early childcare professionals and education centers interested in learning how to maintain and reinforce healthy choices within a childcare work environment will learn strategies to build those habits in an upcoming online series offered by University of Illinois Extension SNAP-Ed and family life educators.

happy and healthy webinar series for early child care and education providers

Happy and Healthy Providers is a four-part online series that addresses mental, physical, and nutritional health within childcare environments and reaches strategies to promote provider resiliency, manage workplace stress, and encourage positive nutrition and activity choices.

“Early care and education centers have an amazing opportunity to create a positive impact on the children in their care,” says Kaitlyn Streitmatter, Illinois Extension SNAP-Ed educator. “This series explores techniques for childcare providers to develop healthy habits that contribute to positive growth and development of the children and families they support.”

Sessions are free to attend, and registration is required. Register online for the series that will be held online from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays:

October 20: How High Do You Bounce: Building Resilience During Difficult Times

October 27: Healthy Habits: Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity

November 10: Mindfulness in Busy Childcare Settings

November 17: Healthy Eating Starts with Role Modeling

Participants may earn four hours of approved professional development training by attending all four sessions in the series. Illinois Extension is an Authorized Entity of Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry®️.

For more information about the series, or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact coordinator Kaitlyn Streitmatter at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

SOURCE: Kaitlyn Streitmatter, SNAP-Ed Educator, University of Illinois Extension
WRITER: Liz Smith, Media Communications Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

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