October 17, 2019

When asked the question, “Have you heard of Farm to ECE?” many will say no. Maybe it’s the formal name or the acronym “ECE?” Whatever it is, if you’re working with young children, I am willing to bet you practice some form of Farm to ECE in your setting and don’t realize it. 

One of the most common Farm to ECE activities this time of year is the annual field trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Picking apples from trees or seeing fields of pumpk...

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...

August 6, 2019

Ask someone to tell you their favorite thing about the Iowa State Fair.  I’ll bet my grandstand tickets that the answer you get includes something edible.  Probably on a stick.  

It’s true that corn dogs draw the masses.  But this eleven day foodfest is truly a fantastic celebration of Iowa’s people and the state’s rich agricultural heritage.  An Iowa State Fair ticket is an invitation to experience and to learn.  

Did you...

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...

June 30, 2019

By: Mrs. Peanuckle

Illustrations: Jessie Ford

Over a year ago, I was at a Farm to Early Care and Education conference and won the book ‘Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet.' I won the book for participating in a cooking contest with the challenge of making a kid-friendly kale hummus.  The hummus conquered the judges' taste buds, thus I received the book. Board books and vegetables are both favorites of mine so it was a great prize....

June 11, 2019

A note about the author: Nathan Spalding is the Iowa FoodCorps Food Program Coordinator.

It’s that much-anticipated time of year when teachers pack up their colorfully adorned classrooms and students clean out their lockers before setting off into the summer sun. But as the school year comes to close, communities are gearing up for a summer of continued learning and summer meals. In Iowa, 10 FoodCorps service members are joining summer schools, meal si...

May 21, 2019

Lyrics written by: Anita Schuckert, Owner of Little Steps & Beyond Day Care, Iowa City, IA

(Sung to the tune, “She’ll Be Comin' Round the Mountain")

If you grow food in your garden, plant a seed and pull a weed

If you grow food in your garden, dig and hoe and sow a row

If you grow food in your garden, eating fresh is all you know

If you grow food in your garden...

Dig and hoe, sow a row,

Pull a weed and plant a seed

If you shop at Farmers Markets, take a bite...

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...

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