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Farm to Preschool Curriculum & Resources

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Children at Propsect Enrichment Preschool learn about kale, turnips, radishes, and kale raab from Full Circle Farm

Below, you will find a list of resources for Farm to Preschool curriculum and resources. Many have been created as general resources or for states other than Washington, but can easily be adapted to fit a Washington-specific program.

To tailor programs according to available Washington-grown agricultural products, see the Washington-Grown Seasonality Charts Poster.

Preschool/childcare providers should also consider issues of social equity and cultural relevancy when creating a Farm to Preschool program. The Racial Equity Toolkit may prove useful when looking to address these issues. Some curriculum resources listed below, including The Big Ideas Book and Cultivating Joy and Wonder, specifically address cultural relevancy. Finally, child care providers may wish to first review the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines.

Good Food Bags Toolkit

cover image of Good Food Bag ToolkitThe Farm to Table Partnership developed the Good Food Bag Toolkit to support child care staff and others to distribute low-cost fruit and vegetable bags to young children and families. Good Food Bags include fresh produce, recipes and tips to make it easier for lower-income young children and their families, of all backgrounds, to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. The bags are distributed through community organizations and child care sites. The Farm to Table Partnership provides nuts and bolts tips gleaned from their early review of pioneering programs in Canada and their own local experiences in Seattle, Washington. The Good Food Bag Toolkit was made possible, in part, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in partnership with Seattle Children's Hospital, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and the Healthy King County Coalition.

General Curriculum

Cultivating Joy and Wonder cover image with multi-cultural children playing

Cultivating Joy and Wonder by Shelburne Farms [external link] A sustainability-themed early childhood education curriculum. Developed in Vermont, many of the tools in this guide can be easily adapted to other states. The curriculum is organized around four “big ideas” that are meant to inspire educators and families as they engage with children about the natural world, food, and community.The curriculum also includes information on anti-bias education.

Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package by The Instititute for Agriculture and Trade Policy [external link] Provides a step by step guide for childcare center staff to implement a Farm to School curriculum. The curriculum highlights a new food every two weeks and introduces students to locally grown, healthy foods while fostering connection with farmers and community.

Harvest for Healthy Kids [external link] También disponible en español. Developed by teachers and childcare Harvest for Healthy Kids resources image, with beets on frontproviders, this resource provides free, downloadable activity kits aimed to help kids develop healthy eating habits. There are eight kits, each designed around a particular fruit or vegetable. Each includes an activity plan, picture cards, teacher bites newsletter, family newsletter, and recipes. Activities are aligned with early learning standards. Resources also available in Spanish, and some in Russian.

Harvest of the Month by The Network for a Healthy California [external link] This curriculum outlines a model for featuring and promoting one “harvest” fresh fruit or vegetable each month. The “harvest” item is served in meals and snacks, used for taste tests, featured in education and highlighted in the community. Also available in Spanish. También disponible en español.

**For school garden curriculum and resources, visit WSDA Farm to School Toolkit School Gardens Activities and Education**

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Last Updated: 7/14/2017