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. 

Growing Healthy Eaters Online Training

Good nutrition is critical for children’s brain development and learning, but feeding young children can be challenging, especially in child care settings. Growing Healthy Eaters provides early childhood educators with knowledge and skills to create a nutritionally purposeful child care environment—one that is deliberate in its approach to nutrition and supports preschool-aged children, their families, and care providers in the development of lifelong healthy eating behaviors.

Through this training, early care professionals will learn about the important role they play in children’s nutrition, and will be provided with resources, tools, and knowledge that will help them implement nutrition policies and practices that support children’s health.

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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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