The purpose of the ASPHN Obesity Mini CoIIN is to support and enhance state level farm to early care and education (ECE) initiatives to increase the quality of ECE settings and access to healthy environments for young children by July 2020. This project will provide technical guidance and support for state teams utilizing a quality improvement process to increase the number of ECEs conducting sustainable, comprehensive farm to ECE.
December 17, 2019 – State Updates and Networking Call
January 23, 2020 – CACFP or ECCERS Alignment
February 11-12, 2020 in Birmingham, AL – Annual Learning Session – Farm to ECE: Equitable and Sustainable Systems
March 24, 2020 – Legislative Policy Opportunities
April 28, 2020 – Facilitated Networking Call with State Updates
May 26, 2020 – Best Practices for Staff Engagement in the ECE
June 23, 2020 – Next Steps for Securing Funding
July 28, 2020 – Celebration Networking Call
This project is a collaboration among several organizations essential to success.
The ASPHN Obesity Mini CoIIN is made possible by a Cooperative Agreement with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (# NU38OT000279). The contents of this webpage are solely the responsibility of ASPHN and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.
Obesity Mini CoIIN Driver
States Participating in the Obesity Mini CoIIN
Five states are participating in the Obesity Mini CoIIN. The states, their focus and resources developed are listed below.
Alabama is developing a farm to ECE Learning Collaborative model. The Alabama Mini CoIIN coalition is refining questionnaires and focus group moderator guides to assess farm to ECE training needs and material gaps for the Learning Collaborative. After receiving feedback, the Alabama Coalition will develop needed farm to ECE training content and resources for the farm to ECE Learning Collaboratives.
Arizona is developing and testing farm to ECE online trainings addressing farm to ECE procurement, nutrition and agriculture education in the ECE, and gardening. The Arizona team will follow pilot sites to assess knowledge acquisition and implementation.
Colorado is growing a farm to ECE network to understand its current landscape with local food procurement and nutrition resources and to collectively develop a vision and strategic path to advance Farm to ECE in the state.
Minnesota is working to increase the number and scale of Farm to ECE initiatives by leveraging the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) network. They will adapt existing tools and resources to expand SHIP staff’s knowledge of Farm to ECE, and their capacity to support providers in engaging in Farm to ECE activities.
Ohio will conduct a needs assessment among ECE providers focused on current activities and barriers to the different aspects of farm to ECE. Based on assessment findings, they will disseminate relevant farm to ECE messaging, parent engagement, technical assistance and training, including an expanded ECE “Great Apple Crunch” curriculum with activities linked to specific ECE learning standards.