Georgia Farm to Early Care & Education Learning Collaborative

Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Partners (Quality Care for Children, Georgia Organics, The Common Market, Little Ones Learning Center, and Voices for Georgia’s Children) have received funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to provide up to $1,500 mini-grants, free resources, materials, training, and professional development to sites interested in becoming part of The Georgia  Farm to Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative.

Georgia Farm to ECE Kellogg Partners are committed to addressing root causes of food systems inequities as a means of creating viable food systems solutions that combat disparities existing among children and their families.  Racial equity in the food system will be achieved when race and other socio-economic factors no longer determine food systems outcomes. These outcomes include access to food systems jobs and opportunities, access to farmland, access to healthy and nutritious food as well as access to good labor practices and fair wages.

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What is farm to early care and education (ECE)?

Farm to ECE models connect early care and education providers to locally grown, healthy foods; increase nutritional awareness among young children; promote the development of local gardens at early care and education programs; and engage families around issues related to child nutrition. Activity examples include vegetable taste testing, family celebrations with healthy foods, edible gardens, menu changes, and seeds and other planting resources.

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What will be provided for support?

Download the Farm to ECE information packet to learn more about the benefits and expectations of participating child care programs.

  • Grants up to $1,500 will be given to each site to support their Farm to ECE plan of action. 
  • Support of activities will through onsite technical assistance, including telephone/web-based technical assistance. 
  • Related supplies and resources will be provided to each accepted participating program.
  • Scholarship to the Georgia Organics Conference (value $350)
  • Free 10-hours of state-approved Chefs for Young Children training – Hands on nutrition and food preparation using Cooking Matters curriculum (value $60)
  • One-year complimentary scholarship for the Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care (value $225)
  • Parents receive monthly text messages on nutrition and seasonal veggies and fruits.
  • Menu consultation with a registered dietitian
  • Technical assistance on CACFP compliance
  • Bright from the Start Training Hours for the monthly meetings and trainings.
  • Social media and press opportunities
  • Resources and tools to learn about racial equity in the food system and how to address racial equity through Farm to ECE strategies

How do I apply?

We are currently not accepting any further applications. If you would like to learn more about the Farm to ECE program and opportunities for your child care program, please contact Gina Cook, Nutrition Early Care and Education Specialist, at gina.cook@qualitycareforchildren.org or 404-479-4190.


Eligibility Criteria

Applications will be accepted to form collaborations in the following target areas in Georgia.

Berrien, Brooks, Catoosa, Clayton, Colquitt, Cook, Dougherty, Echols, Fulton (30213, 30291, 30310, 30311, 30314, 30315, 30331, 30336, 30337, 30344, 30349, 30354 only), Gilmer, Gordon, Henry, Lowndes, Mitchell, Murray, Tift, Whitfield and Worth Counties
 

Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • Early care and education program serving children between the ages of 0-5
  • Licensed by Bright from the Start or the Department of Defense or approved by another federal, state of local entity
  • Program is in one of the proposed targeted areas (listed above)
  • Participates in CACFP and/or CAPS
  • Preference will be given to sites that operate year-round.