A sustainability-themed early childhood education curriculum. Developed in Vermont, many of the tools in this guide can be easily adapted to other states. The curriculum is organized around four “big ideas” that are meant to inspire educators and families as they engage with children about the natural world, food, and community.The curriculum also includes information on anti-bias education.
Provides a step by step guide for childcare center staff to implement a Farm to School curriculum. The curriculum highlights a new food every two weeks and introduces students to locally grown, healthy foods while fostering connection with farmers and community.
Two resources that align farm to ECE strategies with one of the most widely used ECE curricula—The Creative Curriculum®. The guides explores how teachers can use The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos as a foundation to embed farm to ECE learning opportunities into their existing practices.
Developed by teachers and childcare providers, this resource provides free, downloadable activity kits aimed to help kids develop healthy eating habits. There are eight kits, each designed around a particular fruit or vegetable. Each includes an activity plan, picture cards, teacher bites newsletter, family newsletter, and recipes. Activities are aligned with early learning standards. Resources also available in Spanish, and some in Russian.
Designed to help Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators provide garden-based nutrition education for children ages 3 through 5 years old in family child care settings. Through the activities in Grow It, Try It, Like It, children touch, smell, feel, and taste new fruits and vegetables. Children also learn how fruits and vegetables grow. Planting activities help children connect the delicious food choices at the table with the farm, orchard, or garden.
This curriculum outlines a model for featuring and promoting one “harvest” fresh fruit or vegetable each month. The “harvest” item is served in meals and snacks, used for taste tests, featured in education and highlighted in the community. Also available in Spanish. También disponible en español.
Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) resources been developed for ECE providers, ECE support organizations, food service staff, and food producers in Wisconsin. These resources aim to facilitate and empower all early care and education sites to increase access to local foods, improve the nutrition environment, and enhance learning for the children through hands-on learning and play in food and nutrition, inclusion of local foods in meals and snacks, planting and tending to gardens, and family engagement opportunities.