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Kindergarten Initiative

Resources Required


The estimate of staff needed to implement The Kindergarten Initiative is based on a first year program that includes 10 schools and approximately 30 kindergartens.

  • A full-time program manager to oversee administrative aspects including planning, funding, budgeting, reporting, school district compliance, and, in the first year, to support the curriculum alignment plan (See Intervention Materials section for Curriculum Alignment Plan, instructions and template.) The program manager can also make the initial community contacts with schools, farmers and community partners.

  • A part- or full-time associate to manage local snack and farm store ordering and distribution system (amount of staff time needed depends on existing infrastructure at the school and in the community for local food sourcing and distribution). This person would also help coordinate and run the farm store and would help procure local foods for cooking workshops and demonstrations.

  • A full-time program coordinator/field educator to provide support to teachers, teach occasional model classroom lessons, answer questions, plan and facilitate parent events and document progress. This position would create newsletters and parent fliers, schedule events, and serve as the primary contact with teachers and community partners after the program manager has made initial contact.

For 10 schools with 3 kindergartens per school (30 kindergartens), estimate 2 full-time positions

Materials & Costs:

Costs are presented at the classroom level for one year. For example, the farm trip cost is estimated at $744 for a classroom of 33 kids and 10 parents participating.

  • Nutrition and Agriculture Education: The Food Trust recommends that kindergarten teachers spend approximately 8 hours per month on nutrition and agriculture education.  Costs include $100 per teacher to purchase teaching tools and materials for use in the classroom for books, other educational resources and materials for activities.  (1 teacher x $100) = $100
  • Farm Trips: The Food Trust recommends that students and their parents partake in at least two farm trips during the school year, in the fall and spring; a third in the winter can be added, if feasible.  Students learn about the seasonality of the farm and participate in farm activities. (1 bus x $200/bus) + (33 students and 10 parents [43] x $4 fee/person = $372/trip x 2 trips = $744 per classroom.  The school program negotiates the farm trip fee with the farmer.
  • Healthy Snacks: It is recommended that students in the KI program taste a healthy snack (primarily fresh fruits and vegetables) not less than 2 times per week.  The goal should be to source at least 80% of healthy snacks from local farms.  In the Philadelphia area, the cost per snack is $1 per child per snack; the cost includes purchasing and processing healthy snacks and delivering them. (33 weeks x 2 snacks/week x 33 students x $1/snack) = $2178
  • Parent Activities, including Kindergarten Farm Stores: For parent programming, including Back to School nights, Cooking in the Classroom, Healthy New Year activities and Kindergarten Farm Stores, The Food Trust recommends an allocation of $350 per class ($200 for parent activities and $150 for Farm Store) to cover the cost of educational materials for parents, locally sourced food for events, and printing costs for parent handouts. ($350 x 1 class) = $350

Estimated materials cost for 1 (one) class is $3372.

Estimated materials and activities cost for 10 schools with 3 kindergarten classrooms per school is approximately $100,000