Early Care and Education Basics - Minnesota Department of Health

Early Care and Education Trainings

Resources for Providers

As a provider of early care, you have an important job to do! Your work can get our youngest generation off to a healthy start in life. Early care training and curricula can help you establish best practices and ensure that kids in your care develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Many trainings are listed on the Develop website, which provides professional development resources and quality improvement tools. Trainings offer continuing education credits and can be arranged through local SHIP coordinators.

Searching for training opportunities?

The Develop website can be used to search for training opportunities. Once you create an account, go to the left navigation and click on the calendar icon "Search for Training." To find trainings listed below, select "Find Training" and "Course Catalog" to see a description of the desired training and upcoming events. For assistance finding a training, email early.childhood@state.mn.us.

Learning About Nutrition through Activities (LANA)

lana the iguanaLANA, which is designed to encourage young children to taste, eat and enjoy more fruits and vegetables, is a popular curriculum among early care providers in Minnesota. LANA began with a study conducted by MDH through a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

The curriculum is available for purchase at the LearningZoneXpress website. Free resources for providers are also available at that website.

LANA training resources

LANA scholarships

  • MDH provides a limited number of scholarships to help offset the cost of LANA curriculum. Contact early.childhood@state.mn.us for more information.

Become a LANA trainer

  • Interested in becoming a trainer for LANA? MDH has established an approval process for prospective LANA trainers. Contact early.childhood@state.mn.us for more information.

Trainings Available on Develop

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  • Learning About Nutrition through Activities (LANA)
  • HealthyKids, HealthyFuture (formerly Let's Move Child Care)– Nutrition, Beverages and Infant Feeding
  • CATCH Early Childhood – Healthy Eating
  • From Farm to Child Care
  • I am Moving I am Learning (IMIL) – Nutrition Building Blocks
  • Tipping the Scales – Nutrition
  • Tipping the Scales – Nutrition and Obesity Prevention
  • Bringing Nutrition Education to Life for Young Children, Families and YOU
  • Building a Healthy Plate
  • Building a Healthy Plate with Whole Grains
  • Challenges in Feeding Young Children in Child Care
  • Child Nutrition: Providing Healthy Nutrition
  • ChildcareAlive!: Shaping the First Five- Healthy Eating and Active Play
  • Cooking in Child Care – The Basics
  • Designing Positive Mealtimes for Child Care Providers
  • Early Sprouts Online Training
  • Early Sprouts: Cultivating Healthy Food Choices in Young Children
  • Eat Create Cultivate – Fun with Food Through Positive Mealtime Experiences
  • Feeding Basics
  • Growing Healthy Eaters
  • Healthy Gains from Whole Grains
  • Healthy Menu Makeover
  • Minding our Peas & Cues: The Importance of a Positive Mealtime Environment in Child Care Settings
  • Nutrition in Children from Birth to Six Years
  • Ready Set Cook
  • Ready Set Grow
  • Save Time and Money in the Kitchen
  • Serving Tasty and Healthful Snacks
  • Taking Steps to Healthy Success: An Introduction
  • Taking Steps to Healthy Success: Breastfeeding Support
  • Taking Steps to Healthy Success: Family-Style Dining
  • Taking Steps to Healthy Success: Healthy Eating
  • Twist & Sprout in the Kitchen: Nutrition best practices and basic knife skills for family child care
  • You Are What You Eat: Nutrition and Healthy Eating Habits
  • Children Can Cook!
  • Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals: Basics
  • Child Care: Ethnic Foods Exploration
  • I am Moving I am Learning (IMIL)
  • Moving with the Brain in Mind
  • Body Language
  • MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) Every Day
  • I am Moving I am Learning – all modules
  • Let’s Move Child Care – Physical Activity and Screen Time
  • CATCH Early Childhood – Physical Activity
  • Tipping the Scales – Obesity Prevention & Physical Activity
  • A Chance to Grow/S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K (Simulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training Pre-K) May only be used in addition to another approved physical activity program/training; not approved by the MN Center for Professional Development or to meet Parent Aware training requirements.
  • Adventurous Play: The Whys and Hows
  • Better Bodies and Brains
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC-Increase Physical Activity
  • Childhood Obesity: Components of a Healthy Nutrition Environment at Child Care
  • Childhood Obesity: The Burden of Obesity and Its Impact on Young Children
  • Exploration and Courage: The Importance of Risk
  • Family Child Care: Overcoming Barriers to Lead Fun Physical Activities
  • Fun and Fitness: Addressing Childhood Obesity
  • Functional Area 4: Physical
  • Healthy Habits in Young Children: Obesity Prevention
  • Movement is Key to Learning
  • No Child Left Inside
  • Physical Activities for Young Children: Lead with Confidence
  • S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K, MORE Activities
  • Super Stretch Kids Yoga
  • Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Programs
  • Let’s Move Child Care – Nutrition, Beverages and Infant Feeding
  • Updated Friday, 04-Oct-2019 15:48:11 CDT