Each child is provided a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack while in our care. Our food program is subsidized by the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CAFCP). Following the nutritional guidelines of the CAFCP program, each child is ensured a full spectrum of nutritionally-balanced meal components and age-appropriate serving sizes. We take extra care to match the shape, size, and texture of the food to the age group being served.
We take our food program a step beyond the requirements for the CACFP program by choosing locally sourced, seasonal and organic foods as much as possible. Additionally, we prepare our food on site and from scratch. Staying away from high sugar and high sodium foods means that we choose alternatives such as honey and agave for sweeteners, homemade carbohydrates and whole grains to replace empty calorie alternatives. Our goal is to stay away from processed and genetically modified foods to ensure our students are healthy, happy, and getting the nutritional support they need to learn and grow. Offering children healthy food choices now can set a foundation for a lifetime of healthy and well-balanced eating habits.
Our center has chosen a rotational menu plan. We repeat two-week long menus twice a month. We hope to give students a chance to get used to new foods and recipes by trying them twice a month when the experience is fresh in their memory. Research shows it may take children 8-10 tries to accept a new food! We choose to repeat menus only twice a month to maintain variety and keep up with local and seasonal food availability.
Food allergies are closely monitored and substitutions are always available. Our center is nut free, but please note that we share our kitchen with other groups who may use nuts. We do not use nut products in our nutrition program and we intentionally ask that no one bring nuts in to the CCC. There is, however, no way that we can guarantee that. Please help us to provide a safe nut-free environment for our children and staff.
Breakfast is served at 8:30 and available to incoming students until 9:20. Lunch is served at 11:30. Afternoon snack is served to all classes at 2:30. If your child is arriving after 9:00, please call the office so that we can add them to the lunch count.
Mealtime is a learning experience on many levels. Children will start to learn how to eat independently and will receive encouragement from peers to try new and unfamiliar foods. These experiences are further supported by our family-style meal system. Meals are brought to the classroom and served by teachers. Students and teachers eat together and share in this ritual.
We serve many diverse foods and have found that with the support of our family-style eating and with repetition, children become accepting and enjoy these new foods and flavors. Our menus are always changing and are posted weekly for parents to view. We print out copies of our weekly menu for parents and encourage parents to engage with the kids about their eating experiences here at the CCC.
All children will be served the same meals at no separate charge, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability and there is no discrimination in the course of the food service.
We promote breastfeeding at our center. Mothers are welcome to come into the center and breastfeed their babies at any time. We provide secluded areas for privacy if desired. Bottles of breast milk shall be dated and labeled with the child’s name.
We provide iron fortified infant formula, baby food, infant cereal, and snacks. Our kitchen staff ensures that all food served to our infants and toddlers are properly cut and sized for safe eating.
We prefer plastic bottles, but will accept glass bottles. Please note that occasionally it is necessary to try different nipples for better flow or comfort for your baby. For parents of new infants entering the infant room for the first time, please note that it is important to introduce them to bottle feeding a few weeks before your enrollment date. If you will be supplementing with formula or switching formulas, it’s best if the child’s first try with new formula is not at day care, so if possible please introduce it beforehand.
Special Events and Birthdays: Parents are welcome to celebrate your children’s birthdays at school. If you would like to celebrate an occasion with your child’s class, please discuss the time and event with your child’s teacher. Generally, we will celebrate special occasions during afternoon snack.
State law requires that all food items brought to the center must be store bought. Unfortunately, we are prohibited from allowing homemade cupcakes or foods due to health and sanitation regulations.
Many of our school families desire to serve their children healthy snacks and meals. Because of this, we suggest that you bring healthy snacks instead of sweet or sugary snacks. We will be happy to make some suggestions appropriate for your child’s class and age.
We want to remind you please to not send any food with nuts in it. Thank you!