​First Bites, a non-profit organization, runs programs designed both to teach 2-to 5-year olds to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and to listen to their own hunger and fullness cues, and trains teachers and families on how to make eating healthy food fun.


Our work weaves nutrition and culinary education into the existing fabric of early child care to increase children’s exposure to a variety of fruits and vegetables, expand their knowledge about healthy eating habits and increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables.


We have worked with hundreds of early child care teachers, administrators, students and families from Charter Schools, private preschools and non-profit early child care centers in the Washington DC area to get them excited about eating fruits and vegetables and teach them how to make small and simple changes to their diets that can have a big impact on their lives.


We also offer:

*We have subsidizes available for schools that qualify. 


To learn more about the program or apply to be a part of the First Bites program, please email caron@firstbites.org




From Administrators & Teachers:


The earlier we start exposing children to a variety of whole  foods, the easier it will be for children to make healthier choices. First Bite's activities are a fun way to introduce new foods to children. Our children and teachers enjoyed preparing and eating the recipes provided by the program.”-  Bea Zuluaga, Director, Food & Nutrition Department, CentroNía, a bilingual child development center in Washington, D.C. 


Our students love the First Bites program, and we’ve noticed an uptick in fruit and vegetable consumption at snack time and throughout the day,” Kenede Herbert, Early Childhood Education Teacher, CentroNía, a bilingual child development center in Washington, D.C.


First Bites came to our center to do a one-time class with the children, and we do hope we will be able to continue a relationship with the program. The way the foods were presented was both educational for the children and for the teachers. The approach emphasized learning about the foods and trying new things (not just tasting, but learning to use tools), and nothing was forced. The children were enthusiastic about the experience, even those who were skeptical at first. I especially loved the way the children were asked to describe what they tasted without using the words good, bad, yuck, or yum. The children were challenged to be more descriptive, and it encouraged each child to think about the taste and texture, rather than to judge.”
– Kelley Frye, Director, Bright Horizons Washington DC I Street


I loved the presentation to the point that I want to learn how to teach my children to eat healthier.” – Frances, Teacher at YMCA Calomiris, NE DC



The First Bites program has been a wonderful addition to our curriculum.  The program is much more than learning about healthy eating. First Bites encourages children to take risks as they try new foods, promotes independence through participating in all aspects of the cooking experience, provides the teachers with a framework regarding how to create a dialogue with children regarding healthy eating habits, and offers the families a myriad of recipes to try at home, which encourage children to begin to make healthy choices for life.” - Joanie Smeltz, Director, OK Early Childhood Education


Thank you so very much for the workshop last week for the parents.  I have had just wonderful feedback from the parents that participated…they really enjoyed meeting you and learning about the things that you were sharing.   Several have requested that we do a follow-up workshop in the near future.  I really thought it went terrific also!!” – Bini Silver, DCJCC

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