HDFS 445 - Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition

  • 3 credits

The course is designed to help childcare providers plan, promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle and safe learning environment for preschool children. Topics include 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 Goals: Upon the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of nutritional guidelines for children by creating age-appropriate menus for the childcare setting.
  • Plan cost-effective menus for children in the childcare setting
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe food handling, preparation and storage.
  • Using case studies, evaluate health and safety practices of a childcare in accordance with state regulations.
  • Develop physical activity plans for children in the childcare 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); completion of 60 credits. Credit not allowed for both HDFS 445 and FSHN 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, you ensure you 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, 10th Ed. (2020)
    Marotz, L.R.
    ISBN: 0357040775

Required materials will be listed on syllabus.


Day Halsey
Day Halsey

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

Day Halsey is Senior Instructor faculty meember in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She has taught HDFS courses at CSU for 11 years. Her interests include early childhood development and education, creativity development, and 21st century learning and environments.

Mary A. Harris
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.