CARE Connection: Special Needs in Child Care

Lessons and materials to assist child care providers in addressing special diet and nutrition needs.

Grab and Go Lesson - How to Change Food Texture for a Child with Special Nutritional Needs
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Grab and Go Lesson - Food Allergies and Young Children
Coping with common food allergies in child care.
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Grab and Go Lesson - The Facts that Separate Food Allergy and Food Intolerance
Fact sheet compares and contrasts food allergies with food intolerance to help child care providers recognize each.
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Grab and Go Lesson - The ABC’s of Food Safety for Allergies
Three basic ways to help prevent contact with an allergen for a child with food allergies.
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Grab and Go Lesson - Be Prepared for Accidental Exposures – Create an Action Plan
Be prepared and feel confident in the event of accidental exposure to an allergen. Includes sample action plans.
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Special Needs Overview Video - Flash Version
Video lesson on food allergies or intolerances, and food or texture modification. RT 2 min. View online in streaming video. 2009.
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Special Needs Overview Video - Windows Media Video Version
Video lesson on food allergies or intolerances, and food or texture modification. RT 2 min. Download this Windows Media Video (WMV) version to your computer. Published 2009. ET85-09.
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Read a Food Label for Allergens and Ingredients
Resources and information to help you read and understand a food label, with focus on reading for allergens.
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Children’s Activity - Helping Children Understand Allergies
The more children understand about food allergies and how to help their friends avoid contact with foods that can cause a reaction, the more heroes you have at the child care to help you help their friends.
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Your Child’s Food Allergy - Family Materials
Tips for parents working with center and home day care providers to meet a child’s special nutrition needs.
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