The National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems released survey findings of more than 2,000 early childhood providers. Nationally, we learned several uplifting themes and statistics to enlighten our work. As we focus on our state-wide reach in Iowa, what did we learn about the landscape here at home?
Large response rate
Significant base of current involvement
Implementation across setting types
Early childhood educators are experienced in farm to ECE activities
We would like to celebrate the success of this data collection. If you completed the survey, or helped someone else complete the survey-- thank you. This helps us make data informed decisions for our work.
So, how can this inform our future work?
Survey results suggest disparities in farm to ECE activity in early childhood programs serving low income families
Cost of local products remains number one barrier
Connections made between the early childhood sector and local and regional food systems would likely increase local purchasing.
For more information, review the State Level Data: 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey.