The Farm to Child Care program supports child care facilities, fostering nutrition plans that include fresh, local produce for snacks and meals throughout growing seasons. WCSS focuses on child care facilities in Wake County that serve low-income families and children who need improved access to healthy, nutritious food.
Child care facility directors and other staff can learn how to access local food and prepare seasonal produce. Age-appropriate curriculum resources and training will also be provided to help educate children and families about fruits and vegetables.
Advocates for Health in Action and Wake County Cooperative Extension partner with WCSS to educate and train child care providers, facilitate connections with growers, and provide systems-level support to help improve healthy eating for children.
Farm to Child Care is a Wake County Smart Start program and is funded by John Rex Endowment.
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Child Care Health Consultant Program
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Advancing School Readiness
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