Complete a National Farm to Preschool Survey for a Chance to Win $500 toward your Farm to Preschool Efforts!
Do you know of any preschool, early care or education program participating in activities that could be considered Farm to Preschool? We want to learn more about the work in this field that's happening around the country! Fill out the survey at the link below by June 30th, 2012 to be eligible for the $500 prize. Please consider forwarding this message to relevant networks as well as any programs, centers, or partners you think might qualify. Note that the survey is applicable to ALL forms of childcare.

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Leading by Example: First Lady's Let's Move! Child Care Initiative Recognizes Three Farm to Preschool Programs
Three Farm to Preschool programs received national recognition earlier this month for exceptional work to promote young children's health and prevent childhood obesity:

  1. Colusa Indian Community Council Hand-in-Hand Learning Center (pictured above) is a private Center Based program located on the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians Reservation in Colusa, CA, serving tribal families, employees and the larger community of Colusa County with early learning and child care services for children 18 months – 12 years. Learn more at www.colusa-nsn.gov

  2. Farm to Preschool at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI), Occidental College is an evidence-based program designed to influence early childhood eating habits through increased access to affordable local healthy food, nutrition education, trainings and workshops, and opportunities for hands-on learning experiences for preschool-aged children, their families, schools, and communities. Learn more at www.uepi.oxy.edu/programs/farm-to-preschool

  3. Neighborhood House Association in San Diego, California serves about 2,000 low income Head Start children their daily meals using innovative scratch cooking techniques at their central kitchen and incorporating Farm to Preschool components of Occidental College's program such as sourcing from local businesses, building relationships with local farmers, and introducing curricula and farm field trips to the children. Learn more at www.neighborhoodhouse.org/nha-programs/nutrition-services

Professional Development Opportunity
Shelburne Farms will be hosting their "Project Seasons Summer Workshop" July 17-19 in Shelburne, Vermont. Participants will learn how to enrich their early childhood curriculum with exciting, interdisciplinary, hands on activities related to agriculture and the environment. Scholarships are available, and one graduate credit is optional. Learn more at www.shelburnefarms.org/calendarofevents/index.shtml#july

Don't Forget!
The Farm to Preschool Subcommittee will be convening at the 6th National "Digging In: Farm to Cafeteria Conference" this summer, and you’re invited! Deadline for scholarship applications is May 31st and early bird registration ends June 10th.

Visit our website for tons of Farm to Preschool resources and information, including this e-newsletter. You can also submit your own events, news, or materials: farmtopreschool.org

 

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