The Center provides breakfast each morning from 5:45 a.m. until 8:00 a.m., a hot lunch at 11:00 a.m. and nutrition snacks at 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to children twelve months and older. School age children will receive p.m. snack upon arriving at the Center.
Meal times are part of our learning experience. Children help with table set up and clean up. The children also practice good table manners. A prayer is said before snack and lunch. Meals are served family style and conversations are promoted during mealtime.
We encourage children to try all foods that we serve, but we do not force children to eat. Picky eaters usually eat better at “school” because they see other children eating. All foods are talked about in a positive way.
Parents of children with special dietary needs, food allergies or special kosher needs may wish to provide their meals. If you choose to send your child’s meals daily or on occasion, please write your child’s name and date on the bag and give it to our staff to serve to your child at meal time.
We ask that you avoid sending candy, gum or sodas. Due to some childhood allergies we request that no nut items are brought in the Center.
A copy of the Center’s menu is posted outside of the kitchen area and copies can be downloaded below. Adjustments to the menus will be as infrequent as possible and posted on the morning of the change. All food substitutions will be of equal nutrient value.
Formula and / or breast milk must be provided in pre-prepared bottles by the parent. Solid foods must be in the original unopened container. Please label all food and bottles with the child’s full name. All bottles must be accompanied with the original caps.
Please communicate any eating difficulties your child may experience or any food allergies. It is important for you to familiarize us with any specific symptoms of allergic reactions so we may alert medical personal of any necessary precautions. The more we know about your child’s special needs the better quality of care we can provide. In some cases, a physician’s note may be required.
If your child has no known allergies at the time of enrollment, please notify the Director if any unusual symptoms develop such as hives, fever, rash, or prolonged irritability that could indicate an allergic reaction so that records can be updated.
A list of allergies is kept in the classroom and kitchen. The Center will make reasonable food substitutions for children with allergies.