“Farm to Child Care” is a movement that aims to help young kids learn about where food comes from, and to give them more chances to eat fresh, locally grown and raised food. Projects can involve gardens, connecting with farmers, and teaching kids about good nutrition and how to enjoy fresh, local foods. Farm to Child Care, also called F2CC, Farm to Preschool, or F2P, focuses on family home child care providers, centers, Head Start, and other preschool programs.
The Public Health Law Center has developed a series of resources designed to help child care providers and other early childhood educators understand how Farm to Child Care strategies complement existing licensing, quality ratings, and best practices standards, and can be integrated into child care programs to support healthy child development.
This resource identifies Farm to Child Care activities that can be pursued during each season, and includes interactive links for more information.
This fact sheet explains the Farm to Child Care movement and provides tips for child care providers about how Farm to Child Care strategies can be incorporated into their programs.