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NC Farm to Preschool Network

The NC Farm to Preschool Network connects, educates, develops and shares resources between community and state partners, farmers, early childhood educators and families to spark the local foods movement in early childhood education environments. The NC F2P Network launched in 2015.

 

NC Farm to Preschool Network Announces Statewide Survey for Farm to Preschool and Two Different Mini-Grant Applications — all due January 31, 2021 

NC Farm to Preschool Survey 2021

Calling all Early childhood educators and providers – We need your input! Please take this short NC Farm to Preschool 2021 Survey so the NC Farm to Preschool Network and other partners can provide more resources to help in your work with children. We will be summarizing the statewide results and sharing them in the Spring. Thank you!

Center/Home Application: North Carolina Farm to Early Care & Education (ECE) Implementation Grant (FIG)

The NC Farm to Preschool Network has been awarded funding from the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN). With this funding, the Network is able to award 40 Farm to ECE Implementation Grants (FIG) to North Carolina childcare centers and family childcare homes who are interested in starting or enhancing their daily routines with Farm to Preschool programming.
 
To apply for a Centers/Homes FIG, complete the simple online grant application here. The deadline to complete this application is January 31, 2021. Note, you can view a PDF of the eligibility criteria and application questions here, but you still need to submit the application online.
 
Benefits of receiving a FIG:
– $500 Grant
– An ASAP Growing Minds Farm to Preschool Toolkit
– A Literacy Box with Farm to Preschool books to increase food literacy and share more racially and ethnically inclusive stories around food
– Matched with a Mentor to help coach you in Farm to ECE
– Meeting (virtually or in person with assigned mentor) as needed
– Attending virtual training sessions on Farm to ECE
– Attending a virtual training session on Racial Equity
– Joining a monthly newsletter
– Recognition of your Farm to ECE Success across NC!
 
Not qualified to apply? You could be a FIG mentor instead. See grant info below!

Mentor Application: North Carolina Farm to Early Care & Education (ECE) Implementation Grant (FIG)

The NC Farm to Preschool Network has been awarded funding from the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN). With this funding, the Network is also able to award up to 40 Farm to ECE Implementation Grants (FIG) to North Carolina Mentors. Mentors can be from traditional technical assistance (TA) organizations like Smart Start, Child Care Health Consultants, etc. and can also include childcare centers and homes that have been implementing Farm to Preschool programming and are ready to serve in a mentor role for others. Each mentor will receive $250 for each center/home they are able to mentor.

To apply for a Mentors FIG, complete the simple online grant application hereThe deadline to complete and return the mentor application is January 31, 2021. Note, you can view a PDF of the eligibility criteria and application questions here, but you still need to submit the application online.

If you have questions about the Survey or either of the Mini-Grants, please email the NC Farm to Preschool Network courtesy of dtimson@nullasapconnections.org.

 

EQUITY COMMITMENT

During these times of increasing awareness of the racial inequities that exist in our country, the Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network is reaffirming our commitment to the advancement of racial justice. We will prioritize equity by:

  1. Reviewing the core values of our network reflected in our mission, objectives, and goals. 
  2. Seeking and sharing farm to preschool resources that are relative and inclusive.
  3. Including multiple cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives in our communications.

We would like to share this statement, from Helen Dombalis, Executive Director of National Farm to School Network: There Is No Food Justice Without Racial Justice. Our statewide network stands behind the sentiments expressed by Helen. We pledge to continue to learn, grow, and listen.

There are many resources available for educators and families to learn and teach children about racial equity, and we will continue to share those with you. Please let us know if you have any that we should pass along.

Thank you for all you do to bring equity and justice to all children, families, and communities. 

 

WHAT IS FARM TO PRESCHOOL? 

Farm to preschool includes any type of child care that incorporates local foods through one or more of the following activities: meals and snacks, taste tests, lessons, farmer visits, cooking, growing food, and/or community and parent involvement.

You can find helpful farm to preschool resources on this website (compiled by ASAP’s Growing Minds program) as well as through the National Farm to School Network’s website (search by Preschool/Early Care setting).

 

JOIN THE NETWORK!

Follow us on Facebook! For up to date news and resources, we encourage you to follow our work via the NC F2P Network Facebook page. Here we’ll connect you to farm to preschool and ECE partners and resources from across North Carolina. 

  • Sign up for the NC F2P Network monthly newsletter to get the latest farm to preschool news compiled by our Advisory Committee members. See Subscribe Now on the right side of this page to sign up. Click here to view a sample newsletter.
  • Access Network resources like Reach for the Stars with Farm to Preschool, a guide that aligns the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale, revised edition (ECERS-R) and the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale, revised edition (ITERS-R) with the four core Farm to Preschool activities. 

For more information about these resources or for more information about the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network, please contact growingminds@nullasapconnections.org