Child Care Nutrition Information



The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has developed child care nutrition training standards as required by Assembly Bill 290 (Alejo, Chapter 734, Statutes of 2013). The law adds one (1) hour of nutrition training to the current seven (7) hour preventive health and safety practices course for a total of eight (8) hours of preventive health and safety training required for licensees of child care homes and centers.

Beginning January 1, 2016 and thereafter, all preventive health and safety courses must include an additional one-hour of nutrition training based upon the standards developed and approved by EMSA.

  • EMSA Child Care Nutrition Training Standards [PDF]
  • Bulletin to Program Directors: Preventive health and safety course content changes (nutrition training standards) [PDF]
  • SAMPLE Child Care Nutrition Curriculum-Outline [PDF]

Required Nutrition Topics:


5. Information about the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

 6. The Importance of Teaching Children about Nutrition

7. Implementing Family-Style Meal Service

8. Writing Policies Regarding Feeding Children in Child Care

9. Children’s Food Allergies

10. Practicing food safety in order to provide healthy and safe meals to children in child care


Supplementary Nutrition Topics:


1. The Importance of working with a child’s family regarding their specific nutritional needs

 2. Creating a Healthy Environment in Child Care

3. Emergency Planning

4. Additional topics related to nutrition