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Curricula

Preschool children are active learners who experience the world through their senses, physical involvement, active play and from behaviors modeled by adults and peers.  Research shows that the preschool years are a particularly sensitive period in the formation of life long habits and taste preferences.

Nutrition education at the preschool level can prove instrumental in influencing the development of healthy eating habits while developing kindergarten readiness through hands-on activities in the areas of science, math, art and literacy. Research indicates that when students learn where food comes from, how it is grown, have hands-on experiences, and use their senses to understand it, they are more likely to taste new food items and accept them as part of their diet and build a foundation of lifelong healthy choices.

Below is a list of nutrition and/or garden-based education curricula utilized by Farm to Preschool programs across the country.  Each curriculum comprises a varying set of components, some of which are regionally focused. 

 

Color Me Healthy

Nutrition education and physical activity curriculum
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Early Sprouts  

Nutrition and garden-based education curriculum
Keene State College, New Hampshire

Eat Well Play Hard: In a Childcare Setting

Nutrition education and physical activity curriculum
New York State Department of Health

Food For Thought-Nutrition Across the Curriculum

Nutrition education curriculum
California Department of Education

From Our Farms

Nutrition and agriculture education curriculum
Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey

Grow It, Try It, Like It

Garden-themed nutrition education kit
Team Nutrition, United States Department of Agriculture

Harvest of the Month

Nutrition and agriculture education curriculum
Network for a Healthy California

Orange County        

Merced County

Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College


How's it Growing

Sustainable agriculture education curriculum (PDF)
Minnesota

Let’s Move! Child Care

Through the website of the First Lady’s national initiative, curricular resources are available.

Nutrition Matters

Nutrition education curriculum
University of California Cooperative Extension of Alameda County

Root for Food

Nutrition and agriculture education curriculum

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder – Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education

Garden-based education curriculum
Life Lab, Santa Cruz, California

Show Me Nutrition – Let's Read About Being Healthy

Nutrition education curriculum
University of Missouri Extension

The Preschool Initiative

Nutrition and garden-based education curriculum
The Food Trust, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

How's it Growing?

   Hands-on and food-based education curriculum

   M.S. Sustainable Food Systems, Green Mountain College, Vermont

 

For information on Physical Activity curricula that could complement your Farm to Preschool program please contact us.

Contact us if you have a farm to preschool curriculum you wish to share on this webpage.