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Cacfp ppt 10.18.2011 final

  1. 1. Farm to PreschoolStrategies for growing healthy children and communities Zoe Phillips, MPH; Rosa Romero, Master Gardener; Kristine Smith, RD; Ryan Reddy, Lead Teacher CACFP Roundtable conference – October 18, 2011
  2. 2. Farm to Preschool Program• Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College• Goals: Influence early childhood eating habits and expand the Farm to School network of programs• Completed 2 year pilot, in expansion phase• Piloted in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, expanded to Hawai’i
  3. 3. Program Components• Nutrition and garden curriculum• Experiential learning• Local food sourcing• Parent outreach and workshops• Teacher trainings• Evaluation• Wellness policies• Demonstration training workshops and tours• Linkage to national network and website
  4. 4. Evaluation• Model: Quasi-experimental• Surveys: students, parents, teachers• 2009-2010 & 2010-2011 school years: over 700 children, over 180 parents• Barriers: time; age and cultural appropriateness• Best Practices: evidenced-based with control data; outside program evaluator
  5. 5. Evaluation: Results• Increased knowledge of fruits and vegetables• Increased knowledge of ‘local’ and ‘fresh’• Increased willingness to try new fruits and vegetables• Trend towards preferring more fruits and vegetables, less likely to prefer unhealthy foods• Parents: Increased knowledge of farmers’ markets, healthy eating practices, reading nutrition labels, identifying obesity risk factors• Qualitative results: – students enjoyed fruit and vegetable taste tests – asked their families to make healthier purchases – more families shopped at farmers’ markets
  6. 6. Wellness Policies• Not required in childcare• Watered-down• Potential for sustainable improvements• Include language for farm to preschool components• Barriers: buy-in, not required• Best Practices: work with school administrators and childcare agencies
  7. 7. National Network• Developing a national Farm to Preschool/Farm to Childcare network• Website:• Farm to School model and resources – Nationally-based Farm to Preschool Subcommittee• Early stages: linking programs and resources; finding relevancy
  8. 8. Local Food Sourcing• Facilitate relationships with farmers, farmers’ markets, and food distributors• Source locally in meal and snack menus• Barrier: childcare follows various sourcing models• Best Practices: start small, realize budget is the bottom- line; volume and seasonality are key
  9. 9. Nutrition and Garden Education• Harvest of the Month nutrition curriculum – CA state developed program – Developed for K-12, modified preK version – Weekly lessons – Monthly taste tests – New topics: -Seasonal and local food system -Plant cycles through gardening
  10. 10. Harvest of the MonthWeekly Lessons Monthly Taste Tests
  11. 11. Experiential LearningGardening Farmers’ Market Fieldtrip Farmer in the Classroom Science Labs Art
  12. 12. Physical Activity• “Tutti-Fruiti” physical activity breaks with healthy eating themes• PA breaks increase concentration throughout the day• Ideal for during group and transitional times
  13. 13. Parent Outreach & Workshops• Workshops: nutrition, healthy food access, cooking demos, interactive activities, gardening, ‘promotora’ visits• Monthly parent newsletters• Field trips• CSA or market basket program
  14. 14. Contact Information Zoe Phillips, Program Manager Rosa Romero, Program CoordinatorUrban & Environmental Policy Institute Occidental College, Los Angeles 323-341-5098/ or
  15. 15. NHA’s Nutrition Services • The Team – 8 Food Service Assistants – 1 Milk Truck Driver – 2 Cooks – 1 Chef – 1 Food Service Manager – 1 Fiscal Analyst – 1 RD / Director of Nutrition Services • About 7,000 meals daily to 38 sites • 1.2 Million meals prepared in central kitchen last year
  16. 16. Our Menu• Unique – all foods made from scratch daily• Chef creates delectable flavors• RD ensures nutrient density• Disproves myth preschoolers don’t like “healthy” or “adult” food• 94% child approval rate last year• Teaching tool for parents and teachers• Coordinates with San Diego’s harvest seasons - Farm to Preschool - School gardens - Farm visits - Delicious and nutrient-dense produce
  17. 17. Our Menu
  18. 18. CACFP and Cooking from Scratch • Cyclic and seasonal menu - Create frequently used staples - County Farm Bureau may have harvest schedule - Provide annual schedule of produce needs to farmers • Standardized recipes - Proper ingredient nomenclature from FBG • Training for staff - Culinary - Nutrition - Food safety and sanitation
  19. 19. Sourcing Locally and Contracting • Contact county Farm Bureau to find farmers and markets • Build relationships with farmers – Shop at farmers’ markets in your city – Don’t be afraid to say, “Hi!” – Question them about their farm – Get their business card – Visit their farm • Define “local” – Within the County – Within “X” miles of your site
  20. 20. Talking to Farmers• Speak common “language” and be polite• Remember farmers may be limited with - Admin staff - Transportation - Technology• Tell them what you want/need but be flexible• Visit the farms you choose to work with• Invite farmers to your kitchen or classrooms
  21. 21. Contact Information Kristine Smith, RDDirector of Nutrition Services Central Kitchen Neighborhood House Association
  22. 22. Contact Information Ryan Reddy Lead Teacher Childrens Bureau of Southern CaliforniaWallis Annenberg Child Development Center Magnolia Place Preschool
  23. 23. ActivityTaste Test!