Childhood Feeding Collaborative

What is the Childhood Feeding Collaborative?

The Childhood Feeding Collaborative aims to prevent chronic, lifestyle-related health conditions in children by helping them grow into happy, competent, and healthy eaters.

The Collaborative provides information and training about best feeding practices to pediatric healthcare providers, public health programs, and community-based organizations, so parents receive consistent, best practice feeding messages from each of their service providers. Our intervention is the 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater, which follows Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding.

The 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater 

The 5 Keys describe different responsibilities for the parent and child during meals and snacks. When parents follow the 5 Keys, they provide a structured feeding environment that supports children in learning to become competent eaters. 

The parent responsibilities of the 5 Keys are:

  • What food is offered
  • When food is offered
  • Where food is offered

The child responsibilities of the 5 Keys are:

  • Whether or not to eat the foods offered
  • How much to eat from what is offered

For more information about these keys, please consider taking one or all of our provider trainings listed below. You can also review educational websites and materials in our resources section.


    • 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese​: This parent handout describes the 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater and outlines feeding goals for the parent to try.
    • 10 Steps to a Healthier You Classes​: A free, three-class workshop from the Healthier Kids Foundation that provides parents with information and strategies for creating healthy habits at home.
    • Child Feeding Ages and Stages​: Feeding guidance from the Ellyn Satter Institute based upon age (birth to ​17 years old) and developmental stage
    • Children's Eating and Growth​: Information from the Ellyn Satter Institute about how children learn to become competent eaters.




    • Family Meals and Snacks: Information and tips from the Ellyn Satter Institute about creating a supportive feeding environment for children during meals and snacks.
    • Tips for Happy Mealtimes​: A WIC handout with tips for creating pleasant mealtimes for everyone.



    • The P​icky Eater: Ellyn Satter Institute guidance for parents about supporting picky eaters in learning to try new foods.
    • Tips for Picky Eaters​: A WIC handout with information about picky eating and tips for creating a supportive eating environment for picky children.



    • Childhood Feeding Problems and Solutions: Problem-based feeding advice from the Ellyn Satter Institute. Feeding problems include: children who don’t eat fruits or vegetables, picky eating, eating too little, eating too much, underweight children, overweight children, avoiding pressure, and avoiding restriction.
    • Setting Routines:A tip sheet for parents about how to set up routines with their Children.
    • Dealing with Tantrums: This tip sheet provides parents with developmentally-appropriate strategies to resolve and minimize tantrums.
    • Positive Time-Out​: Guidance for parents about establishing positive time-outs to help stop undesirable behaviors in children and teach important life skills.​


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