CACFP and Cooking Matters collaborative training

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Cooking Matters: A new collaborative training

CACFP and Cooking Matters have teamed up to offer an updated and interactive experience for child care professionals across the state of Colorado.
CACFP and Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals is a CDE-approved training teaching caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals while meeting the CACFP meal patterns. This collaborative no cost training will focus on food safety, whole grain identification, as well as how to calculate sugar limits in yogurt and cereal. Participants will engage in hands-on cooking, knife skills and creative ideas to make snack time fun and nutritious.
Registration is required:
  • Free
  • Every participant will receive the following incentives, (valued at $120). 
    • Made-In professional chef's knife.
    • Cooking Matters shopping bag.
    • Cooking Matters cutting board.
    • Family style dining serving utensils.
    • Red apron (not pictured).
    • Take-home groceries to practice a recipe learned at the training.

Cooking matters bag of kitchen tools and food.

Join us:
We will be integrating the Meal Pattern requirements as well as food safety into each training while teaching you:
  • Ways to make healthy foods appeal to kids.
  • New recipes that fit CACFP guidelines.
  • Ways to encourage healthy eating habits.
We'll be using materials from the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), as well as Team Nutrition meal pattern handouts. You will practice skills like:
  • Helping kids enjoy healthy eating.
  • Identifying simple, yet nutritious snacks and meals.
  • Organizing cooking activities for the classroom.
  • Safely and efficiently preparing healthy food.
After the course, you will receive:
  • A workbook highlighting information covered during the training, 34 recipes and an activity bank, 17 pages of activities to use with children in care. Activities are hands-on, interactive curriculum on fruits and vegetables.
  • New, essential kitchen tools for your program and home.
  • Six CDE course hours in health, safety and nutrition.
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