University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Childcare and Youth Training
and Technical Assistance Project (CYTTAP)

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The Lessons

Take It Outside

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Do you ever wonder what to do to help children learn when you take them outdoors? “Take It Outside” program will help increase your knowledge of research regarding the benefits of outdoor play and time in nature. This is time outside in the winter as well as summer.  You will better understand the adult's role in facilitating outdoor play, facilitating unstructured/child initiated play in outdoor spaces, and preparing outdoor play space. Ideas for outdoor play will be provided.

Growing Together

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Have you ever grown flowers, vegetables or other plants in a garden? Have the children you work with ever been able to plant a seed and watch it grow into a plant? There are so many great learning opportunities that can come from the experiences of working in a garden. As a result of this training we will be able to determine what kind of garden will work best for your program, you will learn how to integrate gardening activities into the curriculum, and finally, you will discover ways your local Extension office may be able to help you enhance your gardening experiences.

Active Play Everyday!

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Prevention of childhood obesity can be addressed in the early childhood years when preferences are established. A positive approach can be that of increasing physical activity everyday! How can we increase physical activity everyday for young children? To do this, it is necessary to understand a bit about how our bodies grow and develop, how body movement and the brain work together, and how, we, as adults, can best teach and provide physical activity opportunities to children in our care.

Healthy Eating

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Sitting and eating meals together with children is an important part of family style dining that can encourage children to try new foods and eat healthy foods. Throughout this lesson, watch and practice these easy modeling healthy eating strategies to empower yourself to lead by example and see your mealtime transform to be the most enjoyable part of the day!

Safe Food Safe Kids

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Did you know young children are a high risk for food-borne illnesses?You can help protect the children in your care by following proper food handling practices. Safe storing, preparing, and serving of foods is just as important in child care programs as serving a balanced diet. Be informed with this lesson on the basic food safety do’s and don’ts of preparing and handling food.

Let's Move

Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping children become more physically active.