The Center prepares and provides breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack for all the children. Meals are served family style (with teachers and children sitting at the table together) encouraging children's social and language development as well as self-help skills. Children are encouraged to taste all foods served, but are not required to eat any particular food item.
The foods children eat influence their growth and development, capacity to learn, and overall behavior. As participants in the Special Nutrition Program, menus are nutritionally balanced according to the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program Guidelines and the TDFPS Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers. If your child requires a therapeutic or special diet, you must provide written directions from a physician.
A morning meal is served between 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. We begin serving lunch at 11:30 a.m. with the lunch count being based on the number of children at the Center by 9:15 a.m. An afternoon snack is also served after nap time. If a child has any food allergies, the school must be notified in writing by the child's physician including the symptoms resulting from the allergy, the steps to take in case of a reaction and specific food substitutions and precautions to be taken.
No food, gum, drinks, or candy will be allowed from home. If a child arrives at the Center eating, the parent must supervise his or her child as they eat outside of the classroom or discard the food item.
Copies of the menu are posted at each classroom and can be requested from the Office. Variations to menus are developed individually for the purpose of meeting children's ethnic, religious, or dietary restrictions/preferences.