Fostering young children’s natural enthusiasm for healthy foods and active play through evidence based approaches.

Online Trainings for Early Childhood Educators - Learn at Your Own Pace

Early Sprouts Institute’s online trainings are developed especially for early childhood educators and are appropriate for all levels of experience. There are no prerequisites. The interactive, self-paced approach includes engaging videos.  The trainings can be completed at your convenience any time within one year.

All you need is a computer or mobile device with internet access. 

Early Sprouts Online Training

Eating a healthy diet can be a challenge for anyone. Early childhood educators can foster healthy habits with young children by applying the process of discovery to nutrition education. With the Early Sprouts approach, discovery starts in the vegetable garden, extends to the table, and draws on a unique blending of research-based approaches from two disciplines: early childhood education and nutrition science.

The Early Sprouts Online Training provides early childhood educators with teaching methods and tools to implement the Early Sprouts approach, including the discovery of and appreciation for healthy foods, as well as strategies for meaningful parent involvement.

Click here for the Early Sprouts Training objectives and list of modules

Online Trainings at a Glance


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Instructor Bios

Karrie Kalich, PhD, RD is a dean in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at Keene State College. Kalich earned her doctoral degree in Nutrition, Science and Policy from the Tuft’s University Friedman School of Nutrition where she served as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. She has an established professional focus on obesity prevention in children birth to age five. Dr. Kalich serves as a consultant to preschools throughout the region guiding them to establish better nutrition and physical activity policies. She is the creator of the Early Sprouts program and lead author on two Redleaf Press Early Sprouts books. Her work with Early Sprouts has received accolades from the American Dietetic Association, the National Gardening Association, and by the acting U.S. Surgeon General. 

Lynn Arnold, RD has served as the Early Sprouts program coordinator and instructional designer for the past ten years. She also teaches in the Keene State College Department of Health Science undergraduate nutrition program. Before becoming a registered dietitian, Arnold worked as an early childhood educator for 11 years, gaining a first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities of being an early childhood professional. She is a co-author of The Early Sprouts Cookbook.

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