Farm to Early Care & Education

Creating a Farm to Early Care & Education (ECE) Program

Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) is a nutrition education program that aims to give children, ages 6 months to 5 years, the opportunity to learn about healthy, local foods through:

  • Gardening
  • Cooking activities
  • Taste tests
  • Field trips
  • Farmer visits
  • Meals and snacks
  • Nutrition lessons

Farm to ECE is different from other nutrition education curriculums because it teaches children where food comes from and how it is grown. When children help to grow or prepare fruits and vegetables, they’re more willing to try them!

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Farm to ECE Goals

  • To increase access to nutritious food and experiential opportunities in an effort to grow healthy children.
  • To positively influence the eating habits of young children while their food preferences are forming.

Farm to ECE Program Expectations

Child care programs will provide the following:

  • A weekly gardening activity
  • A weekly nutrition education activity
  • A monthly communication to parents about program activities
  • A monthly update on activities you’ve completed

Colorado Shine Points

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Meeting the Farm to ECE program guidelines can count towards Colorado Shines points for levels 3-5. Specifically, points can be allotted related to:

  • Standard 5.6: Program offers nutrition information and education programs, annually, led by nutritionist or registered dietitian (2 points possible)
  • Standard 5.7: Program has a garden and serves fruits/vegetables from the garden for children to taste (2 points possible)

Readiness Self-Assessment

Complete this form to understand if your child care program is ready to implement the program.
Self-Assessment Form

Boulder County Farm to Early Care & Education Participants

Aspen Center for Child DevelopmentLongmont501 5th Ave.303-772-4320
Aspen Grove PreschoolNederland303-258-0390
Boulder BilingualBoulder2700 29th St.303-815-8086
Boulder Day NurseryBoulder1518 Spruce St.303-442-7605
Children’s Alley @ YWCA of BoulderBoulder2222 14th St.303-449-1951
Children’s House PreschoolBoulder3370 Iris Walk Ct.303-444-6432
Cottage School LongmontLongmont1941 Terry St.303-651-3780
Exploring MindsErie4051 NE County Line Rd.303-828-3452
Family Learning CenterBoulder3164 34th St.303-442-8979
Here We GrowLongmont630 15th Ave #105720-600-5927
Jumpstart Early Learning CenterLongmont209 S Bowen St.303-776 1692
Junior Jets Child Development CenterLongmont2175 17th Ave.720-652-6626
Growing Minds Learning Academy
(formerly Miss Catherine’s Creative Learning Center)
Boulder6525 Gunpark Dr. #340303-530-1820
Mount Calvary Rainbow Child Care CenterBoulder3485 Stanford Ct.303-499-3038
Off Broadway PreschoolBoulder1235 Pine St.303-800-0324
Rainbow Children’s CenterLongmont2100 Collyer St.303-684-7584
YMCA LongmontLongmont950 Lashley St.720-652-4720
Acorn School for Early Childhood DevelopmentBoulder2845 Wilderness Pl303-938-8233
Active Louisville KidsLouisville1970 Centennial Dr.303-665-9669
Adventure MontessoriLafayette250 S. Cherrywood Dr.303-565-9613
Alaya Preschool Boulder3340 19th St.303-449-5248
Back to BasicsLongmont647 17th Ave.720-491-3267
Boulder County Head Start at WoodlandsBoulder2675 Mapleton Ave.720-564-2201
Boulder Montessori SchoolBoulder3300 Redstone Rd.303-494-5814
Community Montessori Boulder805 Gillaspie Drive720-561-3700
Cottage School SouthBoulder805 30th St.303-449-4380
First Presbyterian Preschool Boulder1820 15th St.720-440-4368
Homestar Child Development CenterBoulder3280 Dartmouth303-499-8181
New Horizons Cooperative Preschool Boulder1825 Upland Ave.303-442-7434
Primrose School of LongmontLongmont1335 Dry Creek Dr.303-774-1919
Rocky Mountain Christian AcademyNiwot9447 Niwot Rd.303-652-9162
Sacred Heart of Jesus Preschool Boulder1317 Mapleton Ave.303-443-0684
Sunset AcademyLongmont711 South Sunset St.303-651-6600
SVVSD Burlington Preschool Longmont1051 S. Pratt Pkwy.303-776-8861
TLC Learning CenterLongmont611 Korte Pkwy.303-776-7417
University of Colorado Children’s Center Boulder2202 Arapahoe Ave.303-492-6185
Wildflower PreschoolBoulder4775 Cambridge St.303-530-4441

Farm to ECE Support

Boulder County Public Health staff is available to support your program. You will be provided with:

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