- Leech Lake Early Childhood Program (EHS, AOB, 7 Outer Centers)
- Curiosity Center (Cass Lake Elementary School)
- Home-based Childcare Settings
Farm to Early Care: This is an initiative that differs from the traditional Farm to ECE allowing it to focus on seasonality and traditional foods and teachings. SNAP-Ed helped create this curricula model with a team of Indigenous Community Food experts to encompass all 12 months. Leech Lake Early Childhood has adopted this curricula into the classrooms and continually worked on incorporating items into their menus. We have also worked with their Family & Communities department to host exciting events such as the Nanda-gikendan that connects families with community knowledge holders. This curricula is paired with all our 0-5 aged groups and goes beyond some of our other curriculums that do not have a cultural tie.
Megwayaak: Meaning in the woods, the Megwayaak initiative is a system of trails and activity sites that encourage our teachers to take the youth out into the natural settings. Curricula has been created to support these activities and to compliment the Farm to Early Care initiative. This is to provide access to undeveloped areas and help raise a generation of land stewards.
Gardening/Greenhouse: While SNAP-Ed incorporates gardening in all age groups, we really are focused here in the 0-5 age range. This is a time when we can start good habits and interest early. We have hosted 33 raised beds at the Early Childhood Center alone and the participants help seed all the plants in the greenhouse during the very early spring months. All plants that you see in the community gardens start with our youth at the Early Childhood Program.