Orfalea Foundation Food Literacy Manager Melissa Fontaine leads early childhood educators in a food systems exercise.

Orfalea Foundation Food Literacy Manager Melissa Fontaine leads early childhood educators in a food systems exercise.

By Carol Capito

Bright and early on an August Saturday morning in Santa Maria, a group of 55 early childhood educators began a full day of training covering healthy food practices in preschools and early education centers.  The event was sponsored by the Orfalea Foundation’s Preschool Food Initiative and taught by Orfalea Foundation School Food Chef Instructors.

Participants learned about the importance and developmental value of feeding children healthy, whole and fresh foods.  They also learned about food safety & preparation, food systems (how many steps our food goes through from field to market) and how to figure out our food’s carbon footprint.

Participants visited snack stations and created delicious taco wraps, pita pizza and vegetable trees to enjoy for afternoon snack.  Attendee comments included:  “I am inspired to begin a new journey with my class and my personal life” and “the day was fantastic and I’m glad that five of my staff came!”

For more information on upcoming teacher trainings, subscribe to the Whole Child Action Blog in the box on the right.  Learn more about the Orfalea Foundation’s Early Childhood Education work HERE.

Carol Capito offers training and consulting for the Preschool Food & Healthy Habits Initiative.

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About Early Childhood Education

Since the year 2000, the Orfalea Foundation has been committed to improving the life outcomes for young children through high quality early education. In Santa Barbara County, there are more than 170 early education centers in which thousands of young children spend 6-12 hours a day. These centers hold a key to the healthy development of our children. READ MORE

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