Farm to School in Early Childhood Builds Healthy Kids With Bright Futures

Results from a National Survey of Early Care and Education Providers

In 2015, the National Farm to School Network surveyed early care and education providers across the country to better understand current initiatives, motivations and challenges in applying farm to school activities in early care and education settings. Nearly 1,500 providers serving 183,369 young children in 49 states and Washington, D.C., responded and shared with us fascinating insight into the important work that they are doing to connect young children to healthy, local foods and food related educational opportunities.

What did we hear from these teacher and child care providers? Farm to school is a critical strategy for early childhood development for two important reasons: health and high-quality learning. See highlights in the infographic below. Find more information in the full survey report, accompanying factsheet and in our Resource Library. Learn more about farm to early care and education here.