Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE)

Farm to Early Care Food Buying Survey

May 2024

The Connecticut Department of Public Health and UConn Extension have created a short survey to learn how early care and education (ECE) providers are providing food for snacks and meals for children under their care, with specific interest in local farm fresh products served.

We invite all ECE providers to complete this short survey, regardless of whether you buy or serve food.

  • The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • The survey will establish a baseline for the state as a whole and better understand how you are facing in sourcing food for your program.
  • Our goal is to use your input to create strategies and resources to support increased local food served by ECE providers.

Survey is open till May 31, 2024 and is in Spanish and English.

Five people who complete this survey will be randomly selected to receive a gift to use in your programming related to eating fresh local foods and simple gardening activities.

Take survey HERE

Please reach out to Cristina Connolly at if you have any questions.

Growing Healthy Futures for All Children

Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) incorporates the three core elements of local procurement, gardens, and food and Agriculture education to advance health and wellbeing, engages families and communities, and enhances the quality of the ECE setting.

Looking to get started with Farm to ECE?

The National Farm to School Network and the Connecticut Department of Public Health have put together your to go guides for starting your Farm to ECE program. Download the documents below to help you in your Farm to ECE journey.

Farm to Early Childhood in New England (FINE)

FINE is excited to announce the publication of Farm to Early Childhood in New England: an Ecosystem Assessment. This illustrated and interactive overview of the farm to early childhood space across the six New England states was designed to help regional interest holders better understand the early childhood sector and to identify the key opportunities for expanding farm to early childhood activity across the six New England states. This assessment is part of the Northeast Farm to Early Childhood Project, a collaborative effort of Farm to Institution New England and the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative.

Read the Full Report


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