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 courtesy of National Farm to School Network.

How to Start a Garden:

Activities & Curriculum:


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