Strategies for Feeding Young Children in Group Settings
Participants will learn appropriate feeding strategies that are integral to supporting children's growth, development, and healthy weight. When adults use these strategies, they reinforce children's internal cues of hunger and fullness, and children develop autonomy around mealtime and eating. Feeding strategies can help children develop a positive relationship with food that will last their lifetime. Additionally, participants will learn research-based feeding strategies to enhance the quality of your program's mealtimes and snack.
Sara Matthews, MS is an instructor in Child, Family, and Consumer Studies at the University of Idaho-Coeur d’Alene. Sara is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. While in graduate school, Sara focused her research on infant and child feeding practices in child care settings. She is a co-author of the Building Mealtime Environments and Relationships Inventory. Sara has over 10 years of experience teaching (and feeding!) infants and children in child care and lab school settings. Sara has also supervised and mentored early childhood teachers. Sara has presented at regional conferences and special events. She currently teaches courses and advises college students majoring in Child and Youth Development and Early Childhood Development and Education, at the University of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene.