Start Early in the Garden

Gardening in early care settings provides hands-on experiential learning for children that help your program meet the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards. It increases opportunities for development of physical and social skills while also teaching healthy eating habits.

Check out these great resources for more information on how to start a garden in your ECE program:

Photo curtesy of the National Farm to School Network

Garden-Based Activities & Curriculum

Illinois Harvest of the Month

Request a password to Harvest of the Month to access recipes, classroom activities, and technical assistance for your early care center!