This resource is based on "Got Veggies? A Garden-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum", first published in 2009. Got Veggies? ECE Edition builds on the lessons and activities in Got Veggies? by adapting them to meet best practices for the early care and education (ECE) setting. Each of the four themes and two à la carte activities are aligned to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and offer concepts and tools developmentally appropriate for children aged five and under.
Gardens provide an excellent learning environment for teaching young children through hands-on exploration. Teaching concepts like how a plant grows from a seed and the benefits of eating a variety of foods are well-suited to a garden setting. When provided an opportunity to grow, explore, and prepare food from the garden, children of all ages develop a deeply personal connection with the food that sustains them. Research shows that lifelong healthy habits formearly in childhood. This makes the early care and education setting the perfect place to support our youngest eaters through garden-based education!