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Kids Love to Eat Food They have Grown Themselves

This post from our friends at Live Healthy Nevada County reminds us that the most successful school gardens and food literacy initiatives make real food and healthy practices normative behaviors. Growing, harvesting, and eating our Read more

Liliana Encinas, Latino Initiatives & Outreach Coordinator for the Aware & Prepare Initiative, oversees fire extinguisher training in the Orfalea Foundation parking lot.

Listos Prepares for Expansion with Train the Trainer Event

Liliana Encinas, Latino Initiatives & Outreach Coordinator for the Aware & Prepare Initiative, oversees fire extinguisher training in the Orfalea Foundation parking lot. By Barbara Andersen and Hilary Hensley. The Orfalea Foundation offices served as Read more

Parent Support for Scratch-Cooked School Food is Just a Tasting Away

Here’s a video from last year about how Buena Vista Elementary School in Lompoc made the transition to scratch-cooked meals and won the hearts (and stomachs) of parents as well as students.  

UCSB Arts & Lectures brought Richard Louv to Santa Barbara in May of 2012. Here, he addresses a packed house at the Granada Theater.

Nature Deficit Disorder Affects Children and Adults

UCSB Arts & Lectures brought Richard Louv to Santa Barbara in May of 2012. Here, he addresses a packed house at the Granada Theater. By Carly Kray Richard Louv coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” Read more

Oak Valley Elementary School Principal Rob Bergan and fifth graders.

How Logical is Recess Before Lunch?

By Dean Zatkowsky “You wouldn’t eat a big meal and then go straight to the gym, would you?” I thought it was a trick question; that she was trying to get me to admit that Read more

From Goodnight Moon to Touchscreens and Cartoons

by Carly Kray With today’s young children dubiously nicknamed “the touchscreen generation,” many parents feel ambivalence; they appreciate the easy and engaging games and apps on touchscreens, yet fear that too much time with these Read more

Common Sense Media Shares Essential Books for Kids & Teens

Our friends at Common Sense Media have just published a guide with “more than 150 great book suggestions for your kids and teens, from bedtime stories to chapter books to true literature, and more.” Find Read more

Kermit McKenzie Junior High School Cafe Manager Ursula Guerrero and Principal Sal Reynoso. It doesn't take a lot of food to help kids concentrate through the morning.

Why Does Universal Breakfast in the Classroom Work in Some Schools and Not in Others?

by Dean Zatkowsky A recent series of articles and reader comments in the Los Angeles Times brought attention to the fact that Universal Breakfast in the Classroom (UBIC) programs are extremely controversial, but conversations about Read more