NC Farm to Early Care and Education 2018-02-12T13:17:15+00:00

NC Farm to Early Care and Education


NC Farm to Early Care and Education (NC F2ECE) connects local farms with local childcare centers to empower the development of community-based, equitable food systems.  To achieve this goal, CEFS and its partner organizations assist in developing food procurement systems, connecting resources and people across food systems and early childhood education, and providing children with experiential ways to engage with food.

Farm to Early Care and Education enhances the health and education of young children by developing systems and experiential learning that connect children and their families with local food and farms. It includes any type of activities in ECE environments that incorporate local foods through meals and snacks, taste tests, lessons, farmer visits, cooking, growing food, and/or community and parent involvement.

To sustain this work, this initiative will integrate aspects of Farm to ECE within existing and well-established organizations conducting outreach and training for both childcare facilities and producers, such as  NC Cooperative Extension and the NC Partnership for Children.

NC F2ECE seeks to create an equitable food system to ensure that children, regardless of geographic location, race, gender, and socio-economic status, are introduced to and have access to local and healthy food.



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Program Coordinator

July 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Program Coordinator

The NC Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Program Coordinator will lead the Resources, Curriculum Development, and Training (RCDT) Working Group of the NC Farm to ECE Initiative.