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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 child care 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.

The trainer guide is available in English . Participant handouts are currently in English and Spanish handouts will be available later in fall 2020.

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

Reviewed in 2020

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