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.