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Outdoor Classroom Project Showcased at National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference

The Orfalea Foundation’s Santa Barbara County Outdoor Classroom Project was showcased at a national convening last week for educators from around the globe. The session, entitled “Transforming Our Approach to ECE at the Regional Level:  The 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

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! 

Connecting kids to farms and gardens for a better understanding of where REAL food comes from.

Why Gardens and Recycling are Signs of a Quality Preschool

Currently, the Orfalea Foundation Early Childhood Education (ECE) team is focused on five measures of whole child quality at local centers: Food Quality, Physical Activity, Hydration, Gardens, and Recycling. While the first three are obviously Read more

Worms! Children and parents play joyfully with these wriggling garden partners.

Preschool Innovations on Display at Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

Worms! Children and parents play joyfully with these wriggling garden partners. Parents and children visiting the Orfalea Foundation’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) exhibit at Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival got a closer look at some Read more