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Childhood Feeding Collaborative

What is the Childhood Feeding Collaborative?

The Childhood Feeding Collaborative aims to prevent chronic, lifestyle-related health conditions in children by helping them grow into happy, competent, and healthy ​eaters.

The Collaborative provides information and training in best feeding practices to pediatric healthcare providers, public health programs, and community-based organizations so parents receive consistent, best practice feeding messages from each of their service providers. Our intervention is the 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater, which follows Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding.

The 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater

The 5 Keys describe different responsibilities for the parent and child during meals and snacks. When parents follow the 5 Keys, they provide a structured feeding environment that supports children in learning to become competent eaters. 

The parent responsibilities of the 5 Keys are:
  • What food is offered
  • When food is offered
  • ​​​​​Where food is offered
The child responsibilities of the 5 Keys are:
  • Whether or not to eat the foods offered
  • How much to eat from what is offered
For more information about these keys, please consider taking one or all of our provider trainings below. You can also review educational websites and materials in our resources section.



Feeding Guidance

5 Keys Action Plan Handout – English/Spanish | English/Vietnamese
This parent handout describes the 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater and outlines feeding goals for the parent to try.

A free, three-class workshop from the Healthier Kids Foundation that provides parents with information and strategies for creating healthy habits at home.

Feeding guidance from the Ellyn Satter Institute based upon age (birth to 17 years old) and developmental stage.

Information from the Ellyn Satter Institute about how children learn to become competent eaters. 

Guidance for Babies

A WIC guide to help parents understand their baby’s behavior, such as sleep, communication, and crying.

A WIC guide for new parents with information and tips about breastfeeding.

Making Meals Count

Information and tips from the Ellyn Satter Institute about creating a supportive feeding environment for children during meals and snacks.

A WIC handout with tips for creating pleasant mealtimes for everyone.

Picky Eating

Ellyn Satter Institute guidance for parents about supporting picky eaters in learning to try new foods.

A WIC handout with information about picky eating and tips for creating a supportive eating environment for picky eaters.

Other Resources

Problem-based feeding advice from the Ellyn Satter Institute. Feeding problems include: children who don’t eat fruits or vegetables, picky eating, eating too little, eating too much, underweight children, overweight children, avoiding pressure, and avoiding restriction. 

A website with general parenting guidance and resources for families, schools, community organizations, and health professionals.​

1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite 120 B
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 793-2700
Fax: (408) 793-2731​​​
Last updated: 2/21/2019 3:20 PM