Award winning programs that help early childhood educators foster enthusiasm for healthy foods and active play in young children.

Approach

"It is so exciting to be a part of this initiative. We are really helping our children and their families develop positive attitudes about eating healthy foods."

ApproachThe 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.