September 10, 2019

September is nearly halfway over, so it's time to start looking ahead to October. It’s all about 5-2-1-0! Whether your child care site is new to 5-2-1-0 or already registered and ready for more, there are a variety of ways your staff and students can make “Healthy Choices Count!” during the month of October. 

October is Healthiest State Month and throughout the month we will celebrate healthy habits, culminating in the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Su...

August 25, 2019

A note about the author: Kaye Lindsley is a Montessori preschool teacher and Summer Programs Assistant Coordinator at Willowwind School in Iowa City, IA.

Did you know you can grow carrots INSIDE? You need the correct set up, but it is certainly possible! Just ask my preschoolers at Willowwind School

First, you need the right kind of carrot - Tonda di Parigi carrots, to be specific. They are somewhere between the size of a cherry tomato and a radish. I...

July 28, 2019

A note about the author: Rick Roghair is the Professional Development Manager for the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children. 

The Iowa Core Knowledge of Child Development assists every adult with ideas, no matter who they are or how they connect in a positive way with children from birth to age five. 

As a Farm to ECE provider, you understand this piece more than most. You know that balanced nutrition and physical activity help set t...

The kitchen probably has to be one of the most favorite places for children to play – but they can also learn a lot, too! It is a natural place for young children to take steps toward independence in concrete, fun, and creative ways. By providing a few items within their grasp and reviewing safety, you are setting them up for success! 

Every child has a huge capability of learning and they can surprise us a lot if we just trust and allow them to be ind...

May 14, 2019

What does "farm to school" mean?

                                                         What does it have to do with me?   

                                                 Where can I find out more?...

May 7, 2019

For a variety of reasons, things I used to take for granted as a kid have slipped away for the little ones of today.  The simple act of riding a bike outside has been replaced by motorized scooters and child-size cars.  Taking a picnic has been replaced by trips to a local fast food restaurant. The thought of splashing in rain puddles or playing in the mud are experiences most preschoolers have never had. 

While some of the rea...

May 2, 2019

A note about the author: Heather McNamara is a Child Care Consultant with Region 4 Child Care Resource and Referral.

Eating together, sharing conversation and laughter, is something that adults often do with friends, coworkers, and significant others. However, with the world becoming busier and schedules becoming more hectic every day, it is often challenging to find the time to sit down together and have a meal as a family. Think about the times that...

It’s almost May and that means warmer temps and no. more. frost. Hooray! If you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at gardening, now is a great time to start. If a raised bed or in-ground garden are too ambitious right now, container gardening is perfect for beginners with limited time and resources. If you are a child care provider or parent of young children, gardening is a fantastic way to teach children where food comes from and to encourage...

April 11, 2019

Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. Earth Day 2019 occurs on Monday, April 22. The holiday is now a global celebration that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green living.

Ok, so, what is green living?

Green living is a lifestyle that attempts to bring balance between working with nature instead of against it (that can eventually be sustained in the long term). The b...

March 13, 2019

The Iowa Farm to School Conference will be held at Central College in Pella, Iowa on June 21-22, 2019. Hosted by the Iowa Farm to School Network, the conference will bring together farm to school and farm to early care and education stakeholders from across the state for two days of learning, sharing, networking and movement building. Conference workshops, keynote address and an evening social will take place on Friday, June 21. Field trips and intens...

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