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Start Strong: Cooking, Feeding and More curriculum

Start Strong: Cooking, Feeding, and More is a hands-on culinary nutrition education curriculum designed to help family childcare providers increase their knowledge and skills in providing healthy foods for children. Start Strong is made up of four 2-hour lessons. The lessons can be taught individually or in a series.

  • Lesson One - Ready, Set, Cook
  • Lesson Two - Savor the Flavor
  • Lesson Three - Exploring New Choices
  • Lesson Four - New Meal Ideas

Each lesson includes objectives, facilitated discussions, learning activities, cooking activities, supply lists, recipes, evaluation tools and participant materials.

Participant handouts and teaching materials are available in English and Spanish.

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Start Strong is now featured in the SNAP-Ed toolkit.

Reviewed by Mary Schroeder, Extension educator

Reviewed in 2023

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