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Data Show Dramatic Improvements at Local Preschools – And Beyond

The Orfalea Foundation and Child Educational Center this week released the final report on progress achieved through the five-year Preschool Food and Healthy Habits Initiative. The executive summary concludes: “The extended period of work initiated a Read more

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

Preschool Food Initiative Prepares Early Childhood Educators

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.  Read more

Evidence Supporting Preschool Food Programs Grows

Here is a great article from the Washington Post that echoes much of what we have found with our Preschool Food & Healthy Habits Initiative: Starting Healthful Habits When Kids are Young And, forgive the Read more

A delicious, healthy smoothie is fun to drink, and fun to make!

Chefs Teach Preschool Teachers How to Prepare Healthy Food at Free Orfalea Foundation Workshop

This month, the teams from two Orfalea Foundation initiatives join forces to bring an informative and interactive workshop to early childhood educators. The Preschool Food & Healthy Habits Initiative and School Food Initiative will hold Read more

CAC Oakley Toothbushing (1)

Tooth Brushing is a Fun Routine at CAC Oakley Center

By Carol Capito Many busy parents and early childhood programs, especially part-day programs, find they have too little time to teach children everything we know is important.  In the rush to get out the door Read more

Carp Main Apple Tast Test (1)

Young Children Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables More When They Get to Help

By Theresa Embry How do you get children to eat more fruits and vegetables? Allow them to participate in the process of choosing, preparing and serving healthy food!