Early Learning and Nutrition

California libraries are ideal venues for providing opportunities for children and their caregivers to learn about healthy eating and active living.

LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY: A GUIDE FOR LINKING EARLY LEARNING AND NUTRITION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Library early childhood programs are rich with opportunities for nurturing young children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. For some libraries, operating a summer meal program, or taking library programming out to a community meal site has proven to be an ideal way to promote healthy eating by connecting the experience of food and eating with a rich learning experience.

Through the support of the California Department of Social Services and the Public Health Institute’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition, in conjunction with Lunch at the Library, a project started by the California Library Association and the California Summer Meal Coalition, LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY: LINKING EARLY LEARNING AND NUTRITION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN can serve as a resource for both libraries serving as summer meal sites, or for any library interested in forging connections between its early childhood programs and nutrition and wellness education.

The guide is available for download:
A LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY GUIDE TO LINKING EARLY LEARNING AND NUTRITION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Some Additional Early Learning and Nutrition Education Resources for Libraries:

Center for Ecoliteracy, https://www.ecoliteracy.org
Center for Ecoliteracy’s Nourishing Students: Enrichment Activities for Grades K-5 Guide. A learning and enrichment resource that engages students in exploring California-grown fruits and vegetables. Download the guide:
CEL Nourishing Students Enrichment Activities Guide

Readers to Eaters book publisher
Reader to Eaters books explore what we eat and how we eat while celebrating a multitude of food cultures.