These guides explore how teachers can use The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers, & Twos as a foundation to embed farm to ECE learning opportunities into their existing practices.
Activity ideas, lesson planning chards, and other resources for implementing Farm to Childcare at your center. Many of these resources are ready to use, while some are examples that offer opportunities for you to customize to your own context.
Aligns Farm to ECE activities with ECERS.
This toolkit is designed to assist child care center and family child care home directors and staff to take the concept of Farm to Child Care and put it into action. Resources included here will help directors, cooks and teachers implement Farm to Child Care.
Nutrition & Cooking with Children
Education kit designed to help Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators provide garden-based nutrition education for children ages 3 through 5 years old in family child care settings. Through the activities children touch, smell, feel, and taste new fruits and vegetables. Planting activities also help children connect the delicious food choices at the table with the farm, orchard, or garden.
Recipes that highlight local, seasonal ingredients and are perfect for making memorable meals and snacks both at home and in the classroom.
YouTube Video from House of Knives about teaching kids to use knives safely.
This module introduces many hands-on activities to help improve skills in planning and preparing meals for children.
Color Me Healthy teaches four- and five-year-olds about healthy eating and exercise. The Kit includes a Teacher’s guide, picture card sets, posters, a music CD, parent newsletters, and much more.
A garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits – peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables – spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.
Free educational tools for public use that built on the proven success of Cooking Matters’ signature cooking courses and grocery store tours
Early Sprouts is a research-based nutrition curriculum that encourages preschoolers to eat more vegetables by growing, harvesting, and preparing organically grown foods.
Gardening with Children
The Junior Master Gardener program engages children in hands-on group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.
Lesson plans and additional resources to engage students in a fun and educational exploration of fruits, vegetables and healthy eating.
Resources to help teachers, volunteers and parents plan successful youth gardens and implement effective youth garden programs.
This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) of childcare centers. Included are basic garden design and layout to help childcare centers get started in year-round gardening activities.
These publications summarize the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. They include age-appropriate activities for childcare providers to engage young children in using fresh produce from a production garden for cooking and eating.
These publications include simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage children in snacking and cooking with fresh warm-season and cold-season fruits and vegetables from on-site production gardens and elsewhere.
This publication is a how-to guide for starting a garden-related standard compost bin in a childcare center Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE). Included is guidance on design, construction, and management of compost bins as well as curriculum connections.
An extensive overview of Farm to Early Childcare resources in North Carolina and across the country.
The toolkit contains Growing Minds Pre-K lesson plans, activity guides, and weekly newsletters.It also includes Reach for the Stars with Farm to Preschool: Aligning Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) with Farm to Preschool, sourcing guidance, and tips for cooking with young children.
Free activity, book, and curriculum ideas for preschools and childcare centers.
Monthly elements, including Educator Newsletters, Family Newsletters, Community Newsletters, and Menu Slicks for produce items Nutrition and agriculture education curriculum.
This guide provides information that childcare centers and technical assistance providers can use to understand where to find local food, what to expect, and how to decide which local food source is right for different centers.