by Renee De Shay
Gina Cook is the Nutrition ECE Specialist in Nutrition and Health at Quality Care for Children, a Georgia non-profit focused on improving the quality of childcare in GA, and ensuring parents can access and afford high-quality care. She manages Chefs for Young Children and Farm to Early Care and Education quality improvement initiatives. She provides early care programs with training, on-going support, and technical assistance to develop Farm to ECE strategies, guidance in menu planning, and nutrition education.
With over 20 years of hands-on experience in early care and education, Gina previously owned and operated early learning centers in Georgia with an emphasis on developing children academically, socially, and physically. She is dedicated to the health, education, and well-being of all children.
- What role do you play in the farm to school and early care and education movement? In 2017, Quality Care for Children received a grant to implement FTECE across the state of GA. I have had the privilege to work with 18 sites who want to improve the quality of their program through farm to ECE activities and nutrition education.
- Why are you excited to present your topic? What are some key takeaways attendees will get from your session? In my session, attendees will learn strategies to improve the overall quality of their learning program through farm to ECE activities. I want early care providers to understand that farm to ECE will not only enhance their program, but it is fun!!
- What are you looking forward too at the Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit? I look forward to meeting and networking with others in the Farm to School and Farm to ECE community.
Presented by Georgia Farm to School Alliance and Georgia Farm to Early Care and Coalition, hosted by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics.
The farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) and farm to school movement connects early care providers, schools, and local farms in an effort to serve healthy meals and snacks, improve student nutrition, and increase farm and gardening educational opportunities. This year’s Summit welcomes early care providers and staff, teachers, school nutrition staff, students, parents, farmers, distributors, and others interested in learning more about Georgia’s farm to ECE and farm to school community.