The Early Sprouts: Cultivating Healthy Food Choices in Young Children approach engages young children in gardening, sensory exploration, and cooking throughout the school year. Six "target vegetables" provide the focus for exploration and discovery.
Aligns to Early Childhood Education Standards
Early Sprouts meets the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria and is in alignment with the early childhood education standards of most states.
Engages young children in gardening and nutrition
Children's dietary habits are established during the early years and are shaped by family preferences, lifestyle, culture, and experience. By regularly incorporating sensory exploration and cooking activities, children's taste preferences for vegetables will naturally increase.
Creates nutritionally purposeful preschools
Any preschool can apply the Early Sprouts approach to become a more nutritionally purposeful environment. Read more.