NC Farm to Early Care and Education 2017-11-16T09:08:47+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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The NC Farm to Early Care and Education Initiative Connects Local Farms and Early Childhood Education Centers Throughout North Carolina

September 13th, 2017|Comments Off on The NC Farm to Early Care and Education Initiative Connects Local Farms and Early Childhood Education Centers Throughout North Carolina

Last year, CEFS was awarded a two-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to focus on creating connections between farms and early childhood education centers and family child care homes in North Carolina.