Feeding Young Children with Special Food Needs in Child Care Settings

Date of Publication
July 7, 2021
See Agrilife Learn


This course is intended for child care providers, parents, families, and other professionals that have children with special nutritional needs. It goes over what the parents of children with special medical conditions need to provide the child care providers in order for them to properly care for the children.

Course Information

This 1.5 hour course addresses the special food needs for medical conditions for preschool and kindergarten children.

It is intended for child care providers, parents, families, teachers, county agents and other professionals working with these children.

It is of utmost importance for the parents of children with special medical conditions (food allergies / intolerances, hyperactivity, choking, diabetes, and developmentally challenged) to provide the child care providers with the following: dietary meal plans and self-care instructions from their physician and dietitian with any special dietary requests for meals / snacks; and any special feedings or medications that they must be given to assist them in feeding all children in child care settings.

Looking for solutions in your county? Contact your local extension experts

  • Course

    Four out of every 100 children have one or more food allergies, which can be life threatening. This course will equip child care providers with the latest regulations and standards related to food allergies in child care settings. Participants will learn how to manage food allergies in the day care and on field trips.

  • Course

    Infants’ experiences early in life literally influence the physical structures of the brain, opening the way for patterns of thought and behavior for the rest of a child’s life. This 1-hour course addresses critical topics related to caring for the youngest and most vulnerable population of children, infants and toddlers.

  • Course

    Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of death in cases of child abuse in the United States. This 2-hour course will help you better understand the dangers of abusive head trauma and how to take steps to protect the children in your care from this type of abuse.

  • Course

    This course is designed to help people with diabetes do well and be well. Through this online course, you will walk through the basics of diabetes, how to make helpful choices, and the basics of medicine.

  • Course

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 and 12 months old. This course will help you learn how to create a safe sleep environment for infants, thus reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also called SIDS, and other sleep-related causes of death that affect infants.

  • Course

    Understanding the meaning and implication of developmentally appropriate practices in a classroom, as well as teacher/child interactions based on those practices is introduced. Effective characteristics of developmentally appropriate practices, the value of intentional teaching and strategies to use are also introduced.