Early Childhood

Nebraska Team Nutrition works to provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition professionals to enable them to serve nutritious meals. The team works alongside CACFP and associated partners to ensure child care providers have access to affordable and interesting nutrition and physical activity training opportunities. Nebraska Team Nutrition received an USDA Team Nutrition 2016-2019 grant to meet the following goals:


  1. Expand and enhance online training programs that incorporate and implement the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and CACFP New Meal Pattern requirements at child care facilities.
  2. Provide a comprehensive nutrition education program for children via an environmental approach to improve nutrition and physical activity related policies, behaviors, and practices at child care facilities.

Expand and enhance trainings on how to incorporate and implement family style dining recommendations for Nebraska child care providers and conduct social marketing efforts targeting low-income families.



From mealtime, to playtime, to story time, children have many opportunities each day to learn and practice healthy habits. Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (Go NAP SACC) is a trusted process that helps child care centers and homes go the extra mile to support children’s healthy eating and physical activity.

The 5 key elements of Go NAP SACC include the following:

  1. Complete a Pre Self-Assessment
  2. Attend a Go NAP SACC training
    FREE State Approved In-service hours
  3. Develop an Action Plan
  4. Reach Your Goals
  5. Complete a Post Self-Assessment & Feedback Survey

Childcare providers who are interested in learning more about Go NAP SACC should visit NE Go NAP SACC

As of January 1st, 2021 all NDE Moodle courses will move to the new learning management system Canvas. As soon as Nutrition Services courses are available we will notify you. Thank you for your patience.

EatPlayGrow™ is a research based curriculum developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with support from NIH and RWJF. Nebraska Team Nutrition has developed a training designed to help childcare providers implement this training into their daily curriculum and classroom activities. This training is interactive and activity based and allows participants to gain hands-on experience teaching the lessons by incorporating practice delivering the activities. Child care providers who are interested in hosting an EatPlayGrow™ training should contact Jessie Coffey.



Child Nutrition and Wellness Specialist
Jessie Coffey, MS, RDN

Lauren Christensen, MS, RDN, LMNT


Updated December 1, 2022 4:12pm