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The Children’s Nutrition Academy will be the core program where 200 childcare center directors and  their staff can learn how to make nutrition come alive for their students (ages infant-12 years) and parents. The Children’s Nutrition Academy  will consists of three primary components:   Children’s Nutrition 101: For those participating in the State of Florida Children’s Nutrition Program   Cornerstone’s Cooking With Kids   Cornerstone Care Packages for Kids Children’s Nutrition 101—This component teaches practical disciplines like the food pyramid, food preparation and serving, and proper portion control.  It also teaches center directors how to record and file claims to receive reimbursement from the State of Florida for expenses related to serving nutritious meals in their centers.  The course will be offered in Spanish and English. Cornerstone’s Cooking With Kids—This component teaches childcare center staff how to incorporate the Cornerstone Cooking With Kids program into their center curriculum and how to use the parent Cooking With Kids newsletter to  engage parents and bring nutrition consciousness home.   Cornerstone Care Packages for Kids—We believe that teaching children to help those in need and to show compassion can never be taught too early.  We also know in these difficult economic times that even centers in the best of neighborhoods have families that are struggling to provide any food at all, let alone nutritious food!  It is for this dual purpose that Cornerstone Care Packages for Kids exists. Cornerstone Children’s Nutrition Academy attendees are invited to become a part of the Cornerstone Care Packages for Kids initiative where children help other children in need by collecting and distributing food for those families that need it.