Nutrition is an important part to a child’s physical and mental development. Our nutritional goal is to provide children with a balanced diet to support their good health and wellbeing. We offer a wide variety of foods to ensure children are getting the right amount of nutrients, energy, essential fats, vitamins and minerals they need to live, grow and function properly. We serve fresh fruit, vegetables and 100% whole grains daily.
Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are served at the Center. Meals are cooked fresh every day on site by our cook who maintains a current food handler’s certification. Our cook has received training on nutritional needs of children and on practices of sanitary methods of food handling and storage.
The center follows the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) nutritional guidelines and practices. Menus are developed within CACFP guidelines and with the children’s interests in mind. Their mission is to help safeguard the health of children early in their lives and improve the wellness of adults. The updated CACFP standards for meals and snacks served by approved Centers are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and science-based recommendations made by the National Academy of Medicine.
Meals are served family style in each unit, which also promote our social, emotional and fine motor skills development program. Children are encouraged to serve themselves at least one meal component during breakfast, lunch and snack.
There is no need for parents to send any food or snacks for their children of any age. We work with each family to ensure we are meeting their children’s nutritional needs, expectations, food preferences or food allergies. We are a “Peanut Free Zone” Learning Center.