​First Bites is a ten-week program designed to inspire and support healthy habits among 2- to 5-year-olds, their families and early child care providers. The program weaves weekly nutrition and culinary education into the 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.

First Bites launched its first pilot program in 2013 at a Maryland preschool with almost 50 children between the ages of 2 and 4. In the 2013-14 academic year, we have five Washington D.C.-area child care centers participating in the program, including two Washington D.C. Public Charter Schools


We are currently taking applications for early child care centers in the Washington, DC area for Fall, 2014. 

First Bites:


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From Students  via their Teachers:

From Administrators:

​“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.” - 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


To learn more about the program or apply to be a part of the First Bites program, please email