Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child,
11th Edition

Lynn R Marotz

ISBN-13: 9780357765760
Copyright 2024 | Published
492 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD, Eleventh Edition, covers contemporary health, safety, nutrition and environmental issues that influence and support the development and well-being of infants and young children. This comprehensive, engaging, full-color resource guides you in implementing effective, developmentally appropriate classroom practices. Concepts are backed by the latest empirical research and linked to the new NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards, and the author emphasizes the importance of respecting and partnering with families to help children establish healthy lifestyle practices and achieve their full learning potential. Information is presented in a way that facilitates comprehension, application and retention, and features to promote learning are included throughout the text. Highlights include chapter objectives, review questions, Stop and Check questions to assess your understanding of key concepts, Connecting to Everyday Practice and Case Study features to apply chapter content to real-world challenges and Partnering with Families resources you can download and share with families. Ideal for current or aspiring early childhood educators and professionals, the text features up-to-date research and information on key topics including children’s mental health, emergency and disaster preparedness, healthy dietary and physical activity practices, food safety, childhood obesity, bullying and fostering resilient behaviors, chronic and acute health conditions, environmental quality and safety and children with special medical needs. Numerous checklists, tables, figures, activities and lesson plans serve as practical resources you can use in your daily interactions with children and families.


1. Children's Well-Being: What It Is and How to Achieve It.
2. Daily Health Observations.
3. Assessing Children's Health.
4. Caring for Children with Medical Conditions.
5. The Infectious Process and Environmental Control.
6. Childhood Illness: Identification and Management.
7. Creating High-Quality Environments.
8. Safety Management.
9. Management of Injuries and Acute Illness.
10. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Maltreatment.
11. Planning for Children's Health and Safety Education.
12. Nutrition Guidelines.
13. Nutrients That Provide Energy (Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins).
14. Nutrients That Promote Growth and Regulate Body Functions (Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals and Water).
15. Feeding Infants.
16. Feeding Toddlers, Preschoolers and School-Age Children.
17. Meal Planning and Service.
18. Food Safety.
19. Nutrition Education: Rationale, Concepts and Lessons.
Looking Ahead. . . Making a Difference.
A. National Health Education Standards.
B. Monthly Calendar: Health, Safety and Nutrition Observances.
C. Federal Food Programs.
D. Children's Book Lists.

  • Lynn R Marotz

    Lynn R. Marotz, Ph.D., R.N., professor emerita, was a member of the Department of Applied Behavioral Science faculty at the University of Kansas for over 35 years and also served as associate director of the Child Development Center. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in parenting, children's health, safety and nutrition, history and philosophy of early childhood education, and leadership and administration. She worked closely with students in the early childhood teacher education program as well as with the families of children enrolled in the Child Development Center. Dr. Marotz's other books include HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD (10e), PARENTING TODAY'S CHILDREN, BY THE AGES: BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN PRE-BIRTH THROUGH EIGHT and EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP. In addition to writing numerous invited book chapters in national and international publications about children's health and nutrition, legal issues and environmental safety, she has been interviewed about children's health, nutrition and parenting issues for national trade magazine articles. Dr. Marotz also has served as a consultant for children's museums and training film productions, presented extensively at international, national and state conferences, and held appointments on national, state and local committees and initiatives that advocate on behalf of children and their families.

  • All chapters are aligned with the new NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards, enabling students to relate content to the association’s professional education framework. Learning objectives in each chapter have been updated with the new standards, highlighting essential concepts and information students will need to use and apply in developing the knowledge and skills they need for professional success.

  • Several new Case Study and Connecting to Everyday Practice features have been added to reinforce student understanding, application and retention of chapter content. Case Studies and Everyday Practice encourage students to consider the applications of chapter content to the kinds of real-world experiences they are likely to encounter as early childhood educators.

  • A new Stop and Check feature presents multiple thought-provoking questions throughout each chapter to encourage students to assess their understanding of key content and their achievement of relevant learning objectives. Answers to the questions are provided at the end of each chapter, making it easy for students to check their responses.

  • The Eleventh Edition includes updated children’s book lists, classroom activities, online resources and references, providing a convenient collection of useful, current tools and materials relevant for today's educators and professionals.

  • Connecting to Everyday Practice features present contemporary, real-life situations that challenge students to resolve common dilemmas by applying chapter content. Associated questions are designed to encourage critical thinking and self-reflection and can be used to inspire group discussion.

  • Did You Know? features appear in the page margins and present interesting facts to engage students' curiosity and increase interest in chapter content.

  • Teacher checklists in each chapter provide quick, convenient access to critical information and best practices. Beginning practitioners will find these concise reference lists helpful in learning new material, while experienced teachers and administrators will appreciate having a handy resource for classroom use and staff training. Teachers checklist are also available as a customizable digital download and are identified with an icon in the chapter.

  • Appendix D contains an extensive list of recommended children's books students can use to teach about health, safety and nutrition, as well as to encourage children’s literacy skills. The list includes titles on topics such as dental health, mental health, illness, self-care, safety, nutrition, special needs and physical activity/physical fitness.

  • Review questions at the end of each chapter can be assigned to students for individual consideration or group discussion. Application activities are also provided to encourage analysis, application and retention of information students have learned within the chapter.

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