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ECE Center by Linden Tree Photography

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The Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition is a network that joins stakeholders* in early care, food, farming, and nutrition to coalesce resources, support farm to early care education, and create a dialogue for building statewide programming.

Vision: The health of Georgia’s children and our communities is enhanced by increasing awareness and consumption of fresh, nutritious, and locally grown foods in early care settings.

Mission: The Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition will connect early childhood programs, local farmers and stakeholders for the purpose of:Farm to ECE Logo

  • Helping children develop healthy lifelong eating habits through exposure to gardening, hands-on nutrition education, cooking and local foods
  • Increasing access to healthy, local foods, gardening opportunities, and food-based activities to enhance the quality of the educational experience in early care and education
  • Providing all early care and education providers, regardless of geographic location, type of program or socioeconomic status, the information, resources, and support to successfully implement farm to early care and education initiatives
  • Creating a healthy eating environment which enables children to make healthier choices
  • Collaborating with Georgia farmers and distributors to provide increased access to local foods

*Stakeholders include parents/guardians, agencies, nonprofits, public and private leaders, community initiatives, business communities, policy makers, farmers and distributors, providers, and academic institutions

Review the 2017-2020 Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Strategic Plan to explore the initiatives Georgia Organics and our partners are working on and how to connect with available resources and programming.

Check out the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Crosswalk to see how farm to ECE activities can align with indicators in the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale 3 (ECERS 3), the instrument used by early learning providers to assess process quality in preschool (3 to 5 year old) classrooms.

To learn more about the Coalition, contact Erin Croom at erin@georgiaorganics.org

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