Mothers and children in Forest Grove, Oregon go on a field trip to a local community garden to plant starts, water the garden, and harvest radishes.
Photo courtesy: Ecotrust/Adelante Mujeres

In this issue:
  • New D.C. legislation supports farm to preschool
  • Local procurement fact sheets for child care centers and family child care providers
  • Growing farm to preschool in your state: a how-to guide
  • New farm to preschool curriculum: Harvest for Healthy Kids
  • Book recommendation: All in a Day

New D.C. legislation supports farm to preschool

Does your state or local government have farm to school policies that could be extended to include farm to preschool? The D.C. Healthy Tots Act of 2014 builds on the success of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act by extending many of its key nutrition, physical activity and wellness provisions to child development centers and family day care homes. Highlights include additional funding to help centers adopt higher nutrition standards, including serving local produce, as well as local grant funding for physical activity, gardens, nutrition education, and farm to preschool programs. Read a summary of the Act from D.C. Hunger Solutions, or read the final version of the act, which can be found in the Budget Support Act on page 281.

Local procurement fact sheets for child care centers and family child care providers

New fact sheets from the National Farm to School Network provide guidance for preschool and child care providers looking to incorporate more local food into meals and snacks.

Fact sheet for child care centers

Fact sheet for family child care providers

Growing farm to preschool in your state: a how-to guide

Does your organization or agency work at a statewide level? Portland-based Ecotrust outlines their approach to creating a statewide Farm to Preschool Coalition in Oregon in this new how-to guide.

New farm to preschool curriculum: Harvest for Healthy Kids

Harvest for Healthy Kids helps children develop healthy eating habits through activity kits that teach science, math, and literacy. Each kit is developed and tested by teachers and childcare providers, and all activities are aligned with early learning standards and have been rigorously evaluated. Free activity kits are available for beets, asparagus, winter squash, potatoes and sweet potatoes, cabbage, berries, winter root vegetables, and carrots. Visit www.harvestforhealthykids.org to download the free kits.

Book recommendation: All in a Day

This beautifully illustrated book encourages children to revel in all the many things that can happen in a single day: rain, sun, work, rest, while gently encouraging good stewardship of the land.
By Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Nikki McClure.

Don't Forget!

Visit the National Farm to School Network and Farm to Preschool websites for tons of resources and information. You can also submit your own events, news, or materials: farmtoschool.org and farmtopreschool.org

 

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