We would like to thank the individuals who have contributed to
the creation of this book in meaningful ways:
The children, staff, and administrators at the Keene State College
Child Development Center, Keene Head Start, and the Children’s
Learning Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene who assisted in
testing all of the recipes and providing insightful feedback.
Jeanny Aldrich (food stylist) and William Wrobel (photogra-
pher) for their creativity and professionalism.
The Keene State College Health Science Nutrition students who
contributed time and energy to testing the recipes with the preschool
children: Jamie Buccheri, Lindsey Austin, and Nicole Ferri. Also
thank you to Leah Arnold, who helped to document the process.
Deirdre McPartlin, Ellen Edge, Dottie Bauer, and Suzan Schafer-
Meiszner for their support, mentorship, and willingness to assist in
furthering the Early Sprouts goals and vision.
Our spouses—Kris Arnold, David Payson, and Tim Sampson—
who provided us with time to work on the book and enthusiastically
tasted each recipe.
The generous funders who believe in and support our work:
• Advocates for Healthy Youth
• Cheshire Health Foundation
• CMH Foundation
• Gemini Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
• Hannaford supermarkets
• Monadnock Challenge Fund of the New Hampshire
• Environmental Education Fund of the New Hampshire
• Our families and friends
Finally, to the people at Redleaf Press for making this such an
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