FEAST: An Interdisciplinary, Tiered Approach to Mealtime Intervention in Early Childhood Settings

April 22, 2022 12:00 pm

Mealtime challenges are common for parents, caregivers and staff working with young children. We will discuss a tiered system of strategies that can be embedded in early learning environments, where mealtimes are already regularly taking place. We will present information about a tiered interdisciplinary approach that was embedded school-wide into classrooms to create enriching mealtime environments and encourage positive mealtime behaviors. Staff training, caregiver support, and lesson plans were included in the curriculum, leading to improvement in mealtimes in the classroom for children, families and staff. We will discuss future directions of a tiered approach to mealtime intervention in natural settings. Learning Objectives Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the need for a shift to a proactive, preventative approach to mealtime intervention.
  • Identify strategies in each of the three tiers of intervention.
  • Apply the strategies discussed to practice.


  • Yev Veverka, PhD, BCBA-D

    Yev is a teaching associate and researcher at the University of Washington. Yev is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and has been researching and practicing using interdisciplinary approaches for mealtime in early childhood settings for the past 10 years. Yev is particularly interested in proactive, preventative approaches in early learning settings, and training families and staff to embed strategies within their existing routines.

    Financial Disclosures: None
    Non-Financial Disclosures: We are working on publishing our curriculum into a book.

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  • Susan Ramage, RN, MN

    Susan Ramage is the school nurse at the Experimental Education Unit at the Haring Center. She is dedicated to bringing nutrition education to the school and helping children and families explore fun ways to eat healthy foods. Susan is interested in sharing ways to work with schools and early learning settings to increase nutrition education and mealtime support.

    Financial Disclosures: None
    Non-Financial Disclosures: We are working on publishing our curriculum into a book down the road.

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