Gardening – Child Care Based

The Planning Council assits child care centers and home day centers incorporate gardening into their programs through one-on-one assistance and community partnerships.  Child care program gardens vary based on individual needs.

The Planning Council offers trainings such as, Introducing Children to Growing: Container Gardening 101, for providers in partnership with specialists from Norfolk Botanical Gardens.  The specialist also provide follow-up, on-site technical assistance.

The Planning Council’s Registered Dietician also teaches, Grow It, Try It, Like It, in which programs leave with a Nutrition Education Kit.  This is a curriculum from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

In partnership with Healthy Suffolk, The Planning Council installed a 4×8-foot raised garden at The Children’s Center in Suffolk.  Click here to read more.

Get Involved

If you are a child care center in Western Tidewater, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk or Portsmouth and interested in implanting or installing a garden, please contact us to learn more.

If you are outside of these regions and would like to use our tools and resources click here.