Food for Thought Curriculum
Food for Thought is a nutrition education curriculum for preschoolers. The curriculum is structured around five units, namely, Fall Fruits and Vegetables, Winter Fruits and Vegetables, Go-Grains, Power up with Proteins, and Spring Snacking. There are 32 lessons in the curriculum and each lesson features a nutrition activity and integrates educational domains such as language arts, mathematics and science concepts.
Food for Thought Files to View or Download (PDF)
Food for Thought Training Videos
Nutrition education must be an integral part of preschool routines in order to help reduce obesity among preschoolers and to help children establish healthy eating habits.
In that regard, the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division in collaboration with the Fresno City College California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center provided eleven statewide trainings on the Food for Thought (FFT) nutrition education curriculum in spring and summer of 2011. These trainings were possible thanks to the California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant.
The goal of the trainings was to give child care professionals ideas and resources on how to promote the acceptance and consumption of fruits and vegetables among their preschoolers by using the FFT curriculum.
One of the great aspects of the FFT curriculum is that it brings preschoolers in direct contact with fruits and vegetables and it allows for quality interactions and teacher-facilitated instruction. The curriculum supports the Preschool Learning Foundations Volumes 1 and 2, and the Desired Results for Children and Families system.
The FFT statewide trainings were conducted by April Cunningham, the primary author of the curriculum. Ms. Cunningham worked for many years as the Food Program Coordinator for the Child Development Program at North Coast Opportunities Head Start in Ukiah. She worked diligently with teachers and food service staff to successfully integrate nutrition education at all of her child development centers. She currently works with the Community Action program and is involved in various projects relating to nutrition education, gardening, and farm to fork efforts.
Select the links below to view recordings of live presentations by April Cunningham of the Food for Thought nutrition education curriculum training.