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Save the date for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, Texas. April 15-18, 2014. See the National Farm to School Network website for more details!
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The home food environment plays a crucial role in forming children's food preferences and eating habits. Parents can influence the development of food acceptance patterns by structuring children's early eating environments. They decide the types and amounts of food that are served to their children, determine the timing of children's meals and snacks, and provide the social context in which eating occurs. This is why engaging parents and other caregivers in discussions about nutrition and food are important to nurture the development of healthy habits for preschoolers. Preschool is also a unique time in a child’s life when there is a high level of family involvement and more family members are involved in the day to day caretaking of a preschooler, such as grandparents, siblings and other family members.
Understand that parents have very busy schedules so it is important to find a day and time that works best for most parents and be sure to provide child care if outside of normal school hours. When possible, offer incentive items such give-aways or raffles of market baskets of local produce, gift cards to the local market or farmers’ market, seeds and seedlings, or cookbooks.
Below are a few workshop templates and materials on nutrition education and parent advocacy topics.
Contact us if you have parent workshop materials you wish to share on this webpage.
A sample template from this program’s parent workshops, focusing on eating healthy on a budget and healthy snacking with an emphasis on farmers markets’ and local food.
Through the website of the First Lady’s federal initiative, parent education resources are available.
Fruit, Vegetable, and Physical Activity Toolbox for Community Educators
Los Angeles Unified School District Nutrition education materials and English/Spanish PowerPoint presentations
Parent/Promotora School Wellness Policy Lesson Plans and Parent Engagement Toolkit
A bilingual multimedia program designed to help support families who have children between the ages of 2 and 8 with limited access to affordable and nutritious food
Comprehensive resources for parents and caregivers, schools and communities.