CARE Connection: Food Safety

Child care providers protect the health of children by serving wholesome foods in clean and safe ways. These lessons that address safety and sanitation in preparing and serving meals to the children in your care have been developed specifically for the child care center and family day care home.

In addition, see Serving Safe Food in Child Care resources, webinar series, and online course.


Grab and Go Lesson - How to Use a Metal-Stem Thermometer
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Grab and Go Lesson - Keep Food Safe: Clean, Sanitize, and Disinfect
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Grab and Go Lesson - Keep Food Safe: Control Food Temperatures
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Grab and Go Lesson - Keep Food Safe: Stop the Spread of Germs
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Grab and Go Lesson - Keep Food Safe: Wash Hands the Best Way
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Grab and Go Lesson - Make Mealtimes Safe
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Grab and Go Lesson: Personal Hygiene for the Child Care Kitchen
This resource provides the basic essentials for personal hygiene and apparel rules for the child care kitchen. 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson: Safety Basics for the Child Care Kitchen
This resource provides a safety checklist to minimize accidents in the child care kitchen in child care programs. 2013.
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Grab and Go Lesson: Family Materials: Organizing a Child-Friendly Kitchen
This resource provides the basic steps to minimizing the risk of danger and/or injury in the child care kitchen. 2013.
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Food Safety in Child Care Centers Video - Flash Version
Video lesson covers basic food safety for child care centers. RT 18 min. View online in streaming video. 2009.
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Food Safety in Child Care Centers Video - Windows Media Video Version
Video lesson covers basic food safety for child care centers. RT 18 min. Download this Windows Media Video (WMV) version to your computer. 2009.
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Food Safety in Child Care Centers Video Lesson Plan - PDF Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video on food safety in child care centers for training. 2010.
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Food Safety in Child Care Centers Video Lesson Plan - Microsoft Word® Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video food safety in child care centers for training. 2010.
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Food Safety in Day Care Homes Video - Flash Version
Video lesson covers basic food safety for family day care homes. RT 18 min. View online in streaming video. 2009.
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Food Safety in Day Care Homes Video - Windows Media Video Version
Video lesson covers basic food safety for family day care homes. RT 18 min. Download this Windows Media Video (WMV) version to your computer. 2009.
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Food Safety in Family Day Care Homes Video Lesson Plan - PDF Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video on food safety in family day care homes for training. 2010.
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Food Safety in Family Day Care Homes Video Lesson Plan - Microsoft Word® Version
Use this lesson plan to accompany the video on food safety in family day care homes for training. 2010.
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Children’s Activity - When Do We Need to Wash Our Hands?
Handwashing exercise emphasizes when handwashing should take place – before or after everyday tasks. Includes clipart. 2010.
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Children’s Activity - Wash My Hands
Learning rhymes to accompany hand washing.
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Food Sanitation Letter to Parents
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Food Safety Letter to Parents
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Clean and Sanitize Bottles for Infant Feeding
Colorful mini-poster provides step-by-step guidance on preparing bottles to use in infant feeding. Published 2011.
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