EARLY SPROUTS INSTITUTE
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.
Active Play Every Day Online Training
Physical activity plays a vital role in all areas of development, but most young children do not meet recommendations for moderate to vigorous physical activity. Preschool-aged children need to be offered numerous opportunities for active play throughout the day so that they can learn and practice skills that set the stage for a lifetime of physical activity and benefit from the positive impact physical activity has on health and learning. Active Play Every Day is an online training that supports child care professionals in creating an early learning environment that incorporates a deliberate and effective approach to physical activity.
Through this training, early childhood educators will learn about their role in children’s activity levels and large motor development, and explore strategies and practices that foster active play while enhancing learning and wellness throughout the child care day.
Online Trainings at a Glance
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.