Building a Farm-to-Early Care and Education Community of Practice


NE Iowa Food and Fitness Early Childhood and Iowa Association of Education of Young Children recently attended the Farm-to-Early Care and Education Community of Practice National Meeting at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington D.C. the end of March. The meeting was sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Policy Equity Group. Continue reading

Notes from the Field…with Denise Menne, Fayette County Early Education Associate


Warm rays of sunshine, a bit of rain showers, singing birds and flitting robins…spring is finally here!  It is time to dust off the bikes and air up the tires, lace up and the sneakers and get outside!  Fayette County has lots to offer with many opportunities to eat fresh and local as well as to get out and explore.  We have state, county, and city parks perfect for an afternoon of play and activity.   In the coming week’s Notes from the Field will spotlight some of Fayette County’s great outdoor areas. Continue reading

Recipes for Little Hands

There is no way around the fact that cooking with children can be a little messy. Crumbs and spills aside, cooking with children is a great way to spend quality time and teach important skills like measuring, counting, fractions and following directions. Not to mention the fact that children will be more likely to taste something they helped to make. Below is a recipe roundup of dishes that are fun to make and eat with kids. Continue reading