Helping you feed the precious ones in your care

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals is a nutrition program that teaches child care professionals cooking, food safety, and food budgeting. The program is intended to empower providers to deliver nutritious meals and teach healthy eating habits to the children in their care.

Topics include:

  • Creating Positive Mealtime Attitudes
  • Safe Cooking With Confidence
  • Choosing Healthy Foods for Kids
  • Meals that appeal to Kids
  • Menu Management on a Budget

This program is open to licensed childcare providers. It can be taken as a five lesson series, lasting about 2 hours each or as a weekend seminar for 10 hours.

Cooking Matters for Childcare Professionals provides 10 hours of education credits for licensing.

Class series are taught throughout the community, including but not limited to community centers, churches, schools and local Michigan State University Extension offices. Group series are available if there are six to 15 people, and at least half of the group is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible.  If you are interested in scheduling or participating in a Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals program please contact MSU Extension nutrition professionals.

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  • Jul 16

    Cooking Matters for Teens - Isabella County

    July 16, 2019 - August 20, 2019 Tuesdays 7/16, 23, 20 & 8/6, 13, 20 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Isabella County Day Treatment Center, 2007 E. Preston, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

    Cooking Matters for Teens is a program that is made just for teens to learn about healthy eating and cooking. This program consists of six lessons, lasting approximately two hours each. A nutrition professional provides interactive lessons to help teens b

  • Jul 17

    Cooking For One July 17

    July 17, 2019 - August 21, 2019 1 - 2:30 p.m. Western Wayne Family Health Centers-Inkster Community Room 2700 Hamlin Dr. Inkster, MI 48141

    Whether you’re living on your own for the first time, a single college student, a hard-working adult, or a senior on your own, cooking for one can be fun!

  • Aug 14

    Cooking Matters for Adults

    August 14, 2019 - September 18, 2019 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Atlanta Fire Station 11700 M-32 Atlanta, Mi 49709

    Through a six-week program, Cooking Matters empowers families with the skills to stretch their food budget dollars and cook healthy meals! Cost Free!

  • Aug 15

    Cooking Matters for Adults

    August 15, 2019 - September 19, 2019 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Patriots Place, 1430 Patriot Dr., Gaylord, MI 49735

    Cooking Matters for Adults teaches participants how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget.

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