Learning Center

Learning Center

The Learning Center is a virtual classroom where you can learn more about nutrition and nutrition related topics. The Center is dedicated to inspiring early childhood educators to build preschool environments that promote healthy and active lifestyles.


The goals of the Learning Center are to increase early childhood educators’ knowledge about nutrition and provide them with tools and resources to improve mealtime, the physical activity environment, and the quality and safety of meals served.


The Learning Center offers four self-paced, interactive, online courses. The courses are:

nutrition fundamentals          mealtime environment          preschool nutrition and active physical play          food safety

The courses are not designed to be taken in any specific order. You may choose to take only one or all of the courses.

This virtual classroom is always open. You can complete your coursework at times and places that fit your schedule. Because  the courses are self-paced, you do not have to complete a course in one sitting. Remember to make a note where you ended your session so that you can continue where you left off when you go back to the course.

If you are seeking Professional Growth Hours, you will be required to take a final test to obtain a Certificate of Completion for each course you take. Your Certificate of Completion will indicate the number of professional growth hours earned. For more information, refer to the Professional Growth Hours section.