As a reflection of our communities, child care settings are also culturally diverse, both in their program operators and the children they serve. Culturally appropriate approaches that reflect the food, feeding practices, and mealtime environments of program participants encourage inclusivity and curiosity. Exploring cultures and foods from around the world may also help increase child preferences for new foods.
RDNs can play an important role in childcare menu planning and nutrition education. This session will discuss ways to help child care sites create healthy mealtime environments that embrace ethnic diversity and cultural inclusion. Hear formative research findings from the development of U.S. Department of Agriculture Multicultural Nutrition Education resources and explore childcare recipes that reflect global flavors. Learn how to apply research findings from Iowa’s Healthy Habits Start Early project to improve ways you provide culinary training and nutrition education in childcare settings. Come exploring with us!

LEARNING NEED CODES:
8015 Cultural/ethnic food & culinary practice
8010 Child and Adult Care Food Program
6040 Education theories and techniques for children and adolescents

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:
1.3.9 Recognizes and incorporates knowledge of cultural and/or religious foods, practices and preparation.
9.1.1 Demonstrates and applies age-appropriate education principles.
9.4.2 Selects and uses appropriate content and teaching methods to meet individual and group needs.