Made possible through a partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation, the Healthy Options for Preschoolers (HOP) Program encourages parents and child care providers to serve healthy snack options to children. Snacks are built by making “Rainbow Snacks” which pair a fruit or vegetable with a low sugar whole grain or protein item for a tasty treat that is healthy and appetizing. Children are introduced to new food items, and parents and child care providers are given resources such as recipes, shopping gift cards, and healthy snack tips to help them along the way.

The HOP Program is available to ELV members. To learn more about the program, or to become an ELV member today, contact us at info@earlylearningventures.org.

Healthy Options for Preschoolers- Overview

Interested in Healthy Eating for Kids?

Check Out These Free Training Resources:

Off to A Healthy Start Training


The Off to a Healthy Start training program is brought to you through a collaboration between Early Learning Ventures, Exchange Press, Inc., and the Safeway Foundation. “Preventing Obesity and Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood Settings” presents the insights of over 80 national experts on early childhood health, nutrition, movement and education, as well as relevant video clips from over 30 early childhood programs from around the country. The program is comprised of 14 one-hour lessons on the science of obesity, movement, and proper nutritional habits, and includes examples of movement and healthy nutrition activities. The lessons have been approved by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Early Childhood: Division of Early Care and Learning. These trainings can be used to meet your staff licensing requirement of yearly ongoing training hours.

Preventing Obesity & Promoting Wellness Trainings

Each video segment runs 25-30 minutes, and to complete a full hour of training, you must finish the Activities and Discussion Questions that can be found within the last video of each lesson, which also contains the Training Certificate. The videos are broken out by Module, then Lesson, then the number of Videos within that lesson. If you have any challenges with the system, please do not hesitate to send an email to info@earlylearningventures.org and explain your issue.

Click here to access the Preventing Obesity & Promoting Wellness Online Trainings.

Training Certificates

In order to receive your Training Certificates for each of the lessons, please complete the steps below. If you have any challenges, please contact info@earlylearningventures.org.

Step 1: Complete the Certificate Registration process. Once you have completed the form, click the Submit button.
Step 2: The Training Certificate will self-populate with each person’s name that you entered. Press the Click here to print link, next to each person’s name to print their certificate.
Step 3: The Training Certificate will display briefly with the Print dialogue box automatically appearing. Select your printer and click the OK button.

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