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SDSU Extension Early Childhood Field Specialist Audrey Rider reading a book to a group of four children.

Child Education

Nationally, more than 60 percent of households are dual income, resulting in an increased need for early childhood education programming.

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Farm to School

Farm to school provides an opportunity for youth in early childcare, educational settings, after-school programs and other settings to experience local foods.

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Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Sun and Heat

Have you been spending lots of time in the sun this summer? Before you take off for our state's parks and lakes, consider these sun safety tips.

Two children reading a book on their lawn.

Summer Learning: Fun Ideas

Summer is almost here! Learn some tips and ideas to keep your kids' development on pace during the break by offering fun opportunities to read!

Family walking in an open, country field.

Get Your Kids Outside This Summer

Daily experiences in natural environments can have immediate and long-lasting benefits for children, including decreases in depression and anxiety. Learn some tips and ideas for getting your family outdoors this summer!

Dawn Johnson preparing watermelon in a school kitchen.

Benefits of Farm to School and Early Care and Education

Farm to school (F2S) programs have potential to create substantial positive impacts on an array of F2S stakeholders, including kids, schools (foodservice and education), early care and education (ECE) programs, agricultural producers, families and communities. Benefits exist in the areas of public health, economic development, education, environment, equity and community engagement.

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Why is it Important to be a Registered Family Child Care Provider?

Are you thinking of starting a family daycare or are currently operating a daycare. Many parents and families look for places that are registered and licensed.

Lunch room in a daycare facility with plates set on the tables and fall decorations in the background.

Importance of Proper Nutrition and Physical Activity in Early Childhood

Childcare outside the home is relatively common in the United States, as a majority of children ages two-to-five attend some type of childcare and spend roughly 30 hours per week in others care. Due to this, both parents and early childhood educators are responsible to ensure children are receiving the nutrition they need for proper childhood development.

Two young girls enjoying healthy snacks after school. Courtesy: Bob Nichols, USDA [CC BY 2.0].

Child and Adult Care Food Program: The At-Risk After-School Snack and Meal Program Providing Nutrition and Enrichment After the School Day Is Over

The At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program is a part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that focuses on getting children a nutritious meal after the bell rings. For some, this may fill the gap that may occur from lunch that day until the next morning at breakfast.

Three children working in a community garden.

What is Farm to School and Early Care and Education?

Farm-to-school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early childhood education settings.