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.
→ See ASPHN and NFSN’s COVID-19 Related Farm to ECE Resources:
– A webpage and pdf on how to Nurture Young Children’s Health and Curiosity During COVID-19 for ECE providers to communicate how farm to ECE can be helpful during the challenges and uncertainty of COVID-19 pandemic.
December 16, 2020 – Facilitated Networking Call with State Updates
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 running its newly developed Farm to ECE Learning Collaboratives. AL built its learning collaborative based on survey results and focus group feedback. They developed needed training materials and resources to create a comprehensive collaborative to launch Spring 2020.
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 created a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pilot to optimize ECEs ability to procure and use local foods from a regional food hub. The CSA pilot included surveys that identified ECE barriers and growth opportunities that CO is now working to address to improve their CSA model.
Minnesota is working to increase the number and scale of Farm to ECE initiatives by leveraging the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) network. They are creating and adapting resources to expand SHIP staff’s knowledge of and capacity to support Farm to ECE.
Ohio held a statewide Farm to ECE needs assessment with over 1,600 respondents. Assessment findings will refine OH’s farm to ECE trainings, messaging, and technical assistance. OH also expanded the state’s 2020 “Great Apple Crunch” with over 300,000 participants. They will build on this success and expand the program further.