Food and Nutrition
Meals are included in the price of your tuition. Meals include breakfast, morning snack, a hot lunch, and an afternoon snack. Our meals exceed the State Nutrition Standards. We use a menu that reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of the children in our school. Menus are prepared and displayed each week so that the parents know what their child is being served. Children are encouraged to take at least one bite of each food offered however, they are not forced to eat. For safety reasons (i.e. children with severe allergies, etc.) and behavioral reasons (it is better if all children are served the same food), no other food is allowed in the center. If you miss your child’s class breakfast or lunch, we kindly ask that you please provide a meal for your child before dropping them off, and that they finish that meal before entering the school. If your child’s class is finishing their meal when you drop off, you may be asked to sit with your child in our lobby until they have completed their meal, after which you can escort them back to their classroom. In the case of special dietary needs as prescribed by a physician, we do ask that you provide the note from the doctor.
Please notify the Director and your child’s teacher of any food allergy your child may have, including the severity of such an allergy and what to do in the event a child accidentally ingests such food (s). Understand that we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate children with food allergies, but there are limits to what can be done in a large group care setting.
A written feeding plan for children under twelve months of age must be completed and submitted by the families. This plan should be updated monthly and as new foods are added or other dietary changes are made. All baby bottles must be clearly labeled with the child’s name and current date. Formula or expressed milk must be brought in appropriate amounts for feeding. Dry cereal and unopened jar food may be left at the school until consumed. These jars must be labeled with your child’s first and last name.