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Farm to Preschool grants available

8/8/2014, 4:50 p.m.

Child care centers in DeKalb and 10 other counties have until Aug. 29 to apply for Farm to Preschool grants.

Bright From the Start says the grant is available to child care centers in DeKalb, Barrow, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Jackson, Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and have not participated in the Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits program in the past.

Georgia Farm to Preschool is an expansion of the national Farm to School program and incorporates a variety of nutrition-related programs and activities. The goal is to influence the eating habits of young children while their food preferences are still developing.

The program teaches children about healthy food choices by facilitating hands-on education and experiential learning through activities such as taste tests, cooking and gardening, and it benefits children, caregivers, families and communities.

Sub-grant applications are due to Bright From the Start by Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. Applications are available at http://decal.ga.gov/Nutrition/NutritionServicesMain.aspx.