Learn and share ideas, resources, and best practices with other network members across Washington State about gardening, sourcing local foods, nutrition education, and other food & agriculture topics in Early Care & Education (ECE) settings.
Childcare providers, Head Start, educators, meal programs, and supporters share ideas, questions, challenges, and solutions with each other to help advance work around the state on Farm to ECE.
This Community of Practice (CoP) consists of an email list with members statewide, and the opportunity to participate in regular conference calls with other members on Farm to ECE topics.
All Community of Practice members are invited to the next Washington State Farm to ECE conference call:
- September 5, 2018 at 1pm
- November 7, 2018 at 1pm – Stream the recording – Audio or Video
- January 9, 2019 at 1pm – Stream the recording – Audio or Video
- March 6, 2019 at 1pm – Stream the recording – Audio or Video
- July 3, 2019 at 1pm – Stream the recording – Audio or Video
- September 4, 2019 at 1pm – RSVP here
Lead Organization(s): Conference calls are currently being convened by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families and Washington State Department of Health. Core members include City of Seattle Farm to Table Project, Snohomish Health District, Spokane Regional Health District, WSU SNAP-Ed, and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition.
Network members can email all members of the Farm to ECE Community of Practice by sending a message to this email address:
How can members use the listerv?
- Ask questions of other members working on ECE programs like yours across Washington
- Talk about how to integrate local foods into your meal program
- Share answers or tips and strategies that have been successful in your work
- Post new resources of interest to early learning program staff
- Share trainings or upcoming events that others might like
- Collaborate on new materials or projects
What is “Farm to ECE”?
“Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) offers increased access to the same three core elements of local food sourcing, school gardens and food and agriculture education to enhance the quality of the educational experience in all types of ECE settings (e.g., preschools, child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start/Early Head Start, programs in K – 12 school districts). Farm to ECE offers benefits that parallel the goals and priorities of the early care and education community including emphasis on experiential learning opportunities, parent and community engagement and life-long health and wellness for children, families and caregivers.”
Farm to ECE Resources
- Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care
- Recording of the National Farm to School Network’s February 2019 Farm to ECE in Family Child Care Webinar
- Farm to Preschool resources on WSDA’s Farm to School Toolkit
- Gardening resources from Team Nutrition
- Farm to Head Start case study videos from the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy