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


Early Sprouts has been recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Gardening Association, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


The U.S. Surgeon General bestowed a Community Champion Award to the Early Sprouts program for its "commitment to building partnerships and implementing programs to help kids stay active, encourage kids’ healthy eating habits, and promote healthy choices." In presenting the award, acting Surgeon General Dr. Steve Galson said, "Early Sprouts is a low-cost way to teach youngsters the benefits of proper nutrition and how to grow their own food."

The National Gardening Association recognized the Early Sprouts program with its Healthy Sprouts Award for being a program through which youth develop skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle compatible with environmental stewardship and gain an understanding of how their actions can positively impact the wellbeing of their community.

The Mary Abbott Hess Award was awarded to the Early Sprouts program by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for Recognition of an Innovative Food/Culinary Effort recognizes excellence in innovative and unique models for dietetics information and/or innovative services for delivery of nutrition education to the public.