A FREE online nutrition program designed for Alberta early learning in child care (ELCC) professors and educators.

Two modules build your knowledge and your confidence in feeding toddlers and preschoolers and engaging young children when learning together with food.


Module 1, Supporting Young Eaters

Module 2, Learning Together with Food (New!)

Each module consists of

  • 30–60 minutes of self-directed online learning;
  • 1.5–2 hours of peer-to-peer learning in a workshop;
  • practical, user-friendly resources you can download and print;
  • real-life videos of Alberta educators sharing their experiences; and
  • a certificate of completion.

The program content aligns with Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework. It is evidence-informed and follows best practices in nutrition and early learning. We recommend completing the modules in sequence. Workshops are a partnered training opportunity with ARCQE that offer you valuable resources with a team you trust.

Upcoming Workshops:

Module 1: Supporting Young Eater

  • Wednesday, Sept 13, 2023 | 7-8:30pm
  • Thursday, Sept 28, 2023 | 7-8:30pm
  • Wed, Oct 11, 2023 | 7-8:30pm
  • Mon, Oct 16, 2023 | 7-8:30pm

Module 2: Learning Together with Food

  • Monday, Sept 18, 2023 | 7-9pm
  • Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 | 7-9pm
  • Monday, Oct 23, 2023 | 7-9pm

(*Participants must complete the online module first in order to sign up for the workshop)


Important Update

Effective January 1, 2023, Nourishing Beginning is approved for Release Time funding under the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program. Upon successful completion of Nourishing Beginning modules and workshops, eligible ECEs can claim up to 5 hours of Release Time as follows:

Module 1, Supporting Young Eaters

Total Release Time hours: 0.5 hr self-directed online module + 1.5 hrs online workshop = 2 hrs

Module 2, Learning Together with Food

Total Release Time hours: 1 hr self-directed online module + 2 hrs online workshop = 3 hrs

Proof of training completion (i.e., certificate of completion) must be kept on file at the child care program and submitted as requested.

To apply for Release Time funding, please follow the steps outlined on Page 10-11 of the Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Guide. Please submit your certificate of completion with your application.


If you’re new to Nourishing Beginnings, get your free code by filling out the Request a Code form.

Please select “ARCQE” in Step 3 to help us identify ARCQE audience, see screenshot below:

If you have already registered for Nourishing Beginnings, log in at www.nourishingbeginnings.ca to access the modules.

If you have any questions, please email hello@nourishingbeginnings.ca.