NC Farm to ECE Collaborative

Through the NC Farm to ECE Initiative, CEFS and its partner organizations work directly with early childhood facilities and their communities to purchase local food for meals and snacks and to provide children with experiential learning around local food. The Farm to ECE Collaborative is a professional development hub that organizes and networks 15 community teams throughout the state to connect food and early childhood systems.

The Collaborative approach is a practice-tested model adapted from the evidence-informed Breakthrough Series Collaborative, developed in 1995 by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement ( as a way to accelerate local quality improvement efforts specifically around healthcare. The Collaborative model focuses on testing, adapting, spreading, and maintaining improvements across multiple settings and within organizations to promote the sustainability of desired outcomes. Participants in this Collaborative will have the opportunity to take Farm to ECE efforts to new levels, bringing new strategies and approaches back to their communities.

For more information, contact Caroline Stover,


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