Getting Started

While all staff should be expected to have a common understanding of the healthy objectives of the curriculum, it is important to work with the staff who deliver the curriculum to develop more in depth skills and knowledge. Note that there are discussion questions included in each of the sections below which can be used during trainings, meetings or one-on-one discussions with your staff. These discussion questions are designed as a jumping off point for conversations with the staff at your program.

Sometimes the hardest part of taking up a new program or curriculum is just getting started! Food & Fun Afterschool 2nd edition has 11 units, each with lots of fun activities to try out. Although you can follow the month-by-month schedule on page 3 of the About Guide, you might want to start with units that seem most exciting to your staff. Getting started with topics that interest staff will likely lead to more use in the future! Once you or your staff choose a unit, makes sure to review the key information for program staff and instructions for the activities you will be using so staff feel comfortable with the content they will be delivering

Discussion Questions

  • What unit from the Food & Fun curriculum is most exciting to you?
  • What needs to be done to best prepare for success of this unit?

Kids Look up to Afterschool Staff

It is important that staff role model the healthy behaviors they are teaching in Food & Fun. This means participating in physical activity along with kids as well as eating and drinking healthy during the program time. It's likely that the kids won't take the curriculum messages seriously if they see staff sitting down during physical activity time, drinking soda during the program, or regularly talking about their love of French fries and sweets.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some of the healthy decisions you have made recently?
  • How might you want to change your current behavior to be healthier?

Considering the Diversity of the Children and Families You Serve

This is key to making Food & Fun Afterschool relevant and useful. When you think about diversity this can mean the race, ethnicity, family income, disability status, age, and gender of the kids in your program. You might also think about the influences of urban or rural settings as well as neighborhoods. You can make sure to incorporate all kids' experiences by having conversations about the types of foods and drink they have at home as well as the ways they get physical activity. Many of the lessons have prompts for these kinds of conversations, but they are a great way to start off any unit!

Discussion Question

  • How can you create a safe environment that is conducive to healthy conversations about the nutrition and physical activity choices of the kids and families in your program?