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Explore these resources to learn about and practice the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding and the USDA Core Nutrition Messages for Child Feeding. The information, tips and strategies provided will help you respond positively to your child’s eating behavior, trust your child to manage his or her own eating, celebrate eating, and put the focus on liking to eat and the enjoyment of being fed.

Ruder EH, Lohse B.  NEEDs For Tots: A Teacher-Ready and Parent-Friendly Curriculum Focuses on Principles of the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding.  J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017;49(4):357-359. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.12.011.

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Magnet & Costers


Parent Handouts



NEEDs for Tots Kit

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NEEDs for Tots Magnets

Videos on Family Mealtime

From Ellyn Satter Associates. . .Videos of parents and children in their own homes show what to do—and not do—with feeding.

Tiara – child who wants more

Luis – eating alone

Flora– on-task eater

Shaun–picky eater


No-cost digital programs (English and Spanish) are easily downloaded to computers or transferred to memory cards or flash drives for display on digital photo frames, television or computers screens.

▶️ Mealtime is Family Time

▶️ La hora de comer es la hora de la familia (Spanish version of Mealtime is Family Time)

▶️ Eating Together as a Family is Worth It

▶️ Comer en familia vale la pena (Spanish version of Eating Together as a Family is Worth It)

Educator and Parent Handouts on Child Feeding

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Eating Competence
Find out what it means to be a competent eater.

ESi Seal of Aproval

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Mealtime Moves and Countermoves
Ideas for how to stick to the division of responsibility at mealtime and to let children do their jobs with eating and caregivers do their jobs with feeding.

Mealtime Moves

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Words and Actions that Hinder or Help a Child’s Eating
Young children have strong opinions about eating. Caregivers’ words or actions can hinder or help a child’s eating.

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Survey on Division of Responsibility

Click here to learn how you can access and use a tested survey that measures the Satter Division of Responsibility in feeding young children.

Children’s Storybooks

Four books used in NEEDs for Tots lessons convey the messages of

  • joy of eating

  • family mealtime

  • cooking and being together

  • colorful foods to taste or not taste

Bee-bim Bop

Bee-bim Bop

Let’s Eat (A Comer)

Let’s Eat (A Comer)

Eating the Rainbow: A Colorful Food Book

Eating the Rainbow:
A Colorful Food Book

The Cow Loves Cookies

The Cow Loves Cookies

NEEDs for Tots Kit

NEEDs for Tots Kit

A preschool curriculum comprised of 6 lessons, 4 storybooks, take-home child-parent activity pages, parent handouts, magnet and coasters, and supplies for food-tasting.

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