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Kindergarten Initiative

Health Equity Considerations

The Kindergarten Initiative (KI) is designed to promote healthy eating habits in kindergarten students, through nutrition and agriculture education, school snacks from local farms, and parent engagement activities. The Kindergarten Initiative (the program) and Healthy Farms and Healthy Schools Act (the Pennsylvania state-wide policy) give preference to schools located in areas where a high percentage of children are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.  At the time of the review, 53 schools statewide participated in the program. The intended audience for the program and policy is kindergarten students and their parents. The Kindergarten Initiative has also been adopted in schools in Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.