FSHN 445 - Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition

  • 3 credits

Planning, promoting, and maintaining healthy life style and safe learning environment for preschool children. This course is designed for the day care provider and includes nutrition, first aid and safety, physical activity, identifying and reporting abuse, prevention and management of acute illness and chronic disease, and promotion of a high-quality indoor and outdoor environment.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Create a handbook of basic first aid, sanitation and safety precautions for day care staff.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of nutritional guidelines for children by creating age-appropriate menus for the day care setting.
  • Plan cost-effective weekly menus for children in the day care setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe food handling, preparation, and storage.
  • Using case studies, evaluate health and safety practices of a day care in accordance with state regulations.
  • Develop physical activity plans for children in the day care environment.
  • Integrate knowledge of nutrition, health, and safety by creating resources for parents.


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or PSY 260 (Child Psychology). Credit not allowed for both FSHN 445 and HDFS 445.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child, 9th Ed. (2015)
    Marotz, L.R.
    ISBN: 978-1285427331

Required materials will be listed on syllabus.


Day Halsey
Day Halsey

(970) 227-0354 | Day.Halsey@colostate.edu

Mary A. Harris

(970) 491-7462 | harris@cahs.colostate.edu

Ph.D. Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island; M.S. Nutrition, Framingham State University; B.S. Nutrition, Michigan State University.

Dr. Harris is currently a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU. Her research interests include lipid metabolism, prostaglandins in pregnancy and childhood, and nutrition and exercise.