As a high-quality early childhood education center, we have an important role in children’s lives by helping them learn and grow. As a Child and Adult Care Food Program provider, we help children get the nourishment and energy they need to learn and grow by providing healthy meals. In addition, preschoolers who eat a variety of healthy foods and play actively several times every day are less likely to be overweight or obese.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies, recommends that for children ages 2-5 centers: 1) provide healthy meals and snacks that meet the Dietary Guidelines, 2) serve meals family-style to be responsive to children’s hunger and fullness cues, and 3) teach children about healthy eating and physical activity. Our menus are reviewed and approved by a licensed Nutritional Consultant annually.