Preschool / Child Care Garden Resources

Garden Activity Kits for Child Care

Portland State University; Mt. Hood Community College. Harvest for Healthy Kids.

Downloadable kits include activity plans, picture cards, teacher newsletters, recipes, and family newsletters in three languages.

Farm to Preschool

A collection of resources for farming with preschool children.

What’s Right for Young Children II: Childcare Gardens (2006) (PDF | 2.8 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This packet provides childcare sites with ideas and resources to improve the childcare nutrition environment through fruit and vegetable gardening.

Mealtime Memo for Child Care (2016)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Two-page fact sheet for child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, published six times per year. Issues related to gardening include:

CARE Connection

Institute of Child Nutrition.

CARE Connection provides education and training resources based on best practices in the operation of child care centers and family day care homes in the CACFP environment. Resources include short grab-and-go lessons that can be taught in 10 minutes or less, easy lesson plans, family materials, and children's nutrition education  activities. Materials related to gardening include:

Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool: Online Training (2014)

The University of Massachusetts Department of Nutrition; University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Food Safety Program.

The Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool program is an online training program for early childcare educators and foodservice staff developed by the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire.

More Than Mud Pies More Than Mud Pies (2012) (PDF | 39.8 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Specific nutrition education guide and curriculum for preschoolers. These 54 lessons built around the seasons of the year each include activities to learn about growth, nutrition, and preparation of foods.

Growing a Green Generation

Child Study and Development Center (CSDC) at the University of New Hampshire.

The Growing a Green Generation Project (GGG) is an interdisciplinary research, curriculum and community outreach effort focused on engaging young children, families and teachers in the joy of gardening.

Got Dirt? A Garden Toolkit for Implementing Youth Gardens (May 2009) (PDF | 2.7 MB)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The toolkit is designed to provide the basic steps of starting and maintaining a youth fruit and vegetable garden. Includes several examples of successful community, childcare, and school gardening projects in Wisconsin.

Mrs. Obama Plants a Garden Video

PBS. Sesame Street.

Grow a garden with Elmo and First Lady Michelle Obama.