This section of the Health Manager Orientation Guide describes how health managers support child feeding practices.
In early childhood programs, family style dining is when children and teachers sit together for a meal or snack. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) recognizes family style dining as a meal service option. Family style meals help children make healthy food choices by modeling positive attitudes from teachers and peers. Children learn about food and eating, including serving sizes and the chance to try new foods. They also use appropriately sized utensils to serve themselves and help set and clear the table. This improves their motor skills, boosts their self-confidence, and expands their social skills.
Explore the resources below to learn more about this CACFP meal service option.
Learn important nutrition messages and activities to help young children build a lifetime of healthy eating practices, in this webinar and online course.
Learn the benefits of family style dining and how to support it in an early childhood education program.
Learn why it is important to create a positive eating environment. Find out how doing so supports mealtime behavior and picky eaters. It can also support children who experience food insecurity.