We use USDA Food Program recommendations for nutrition and serving size based on the ages of the children served. Menus are available at the beginning of each month. We serve breakfast until 7:30 a.m., mid-morning snack, hot lunch, and a mid-afternoon snack each day. All meals for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children are prepared from scratch in our kitchen and served fresh daily.
Our teachers sit with the children as they eat in a family-style meal service. We teach the children table manners, how to use utensils properly, appropriate social interaction and conversation during meal times. We talk about fuel for our bodies and the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables. We also introduce the concepts of food color, quantity, shapes and textures as opportunities for learning.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Little children often get sick. If your child is not feeling well enough to participate in our full daily program (i.e. going outside), then they should be kept home. Going outside does not hurt a cold. You should keep your child at home throughout the duration of the illness so as to expedite the healing process and avoid getting the other children sick.REMEMBER: Good hand washing practices and plenty of rest at home will prevent your child from having a more prolonged illness.
Picking Up a Sick Child: If the child becomes ill while in our care, the child will rest in a quiet area of the room until the parent can be contacted to pick up the child or make other arrangements. If the parent cannot be reached, the staff will call persons listed on the emergency card. Please be sure this person knows they may have this responsibility with us. We anticipate that if your child is ill, you will want to come and pick them up immediately.
Medications: We can only administer medications that are in the original bottle and we can only administer according to what’s printed on the label. A Medication Consent Form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian in order for our staff to administer medication.
-Prescription medication must be in the original container and labeled with the child’s name, name of the drug, dosage, directions for administering, date, and physician's name.
-Non-prescription medication must be in the original container labeled with the child’s name, dosage, and directions for administering
A log is kept with the medication that states when your child received it and available for your review.
PRE-SCHOOL & SCHOOL-AGE CLOTHING: Children must dress appropriately for indoor and outdoor play every day. Each child will need to bring a bag or backpack with clothing and shoes appropriate for participating in active play, even get a little dirty. We want them to be able to have fun and be able to explore during their outdoor time.
INFANTS/Toddler IN Potty Training: Please keep supplied for your toddler enough pullups and training pants for the day (i.e. 3-4 changes). For both infants and toddlers, you will need to provide a change of clothing (to include socks).
Children’s Cubbies/Basket. Each child will have their own cubby or basket to store belongings. Please check this cubby each day for completed work, notes from your child’s teacher or staff, and announcements of upcoming events.
NAptime bag: Your child will need a grocery food cloth bag or backpack to keep an extra change of clothes, nap blanket, pillow and a cuddly if they wish to use one for naptime. These should be taken home on Fridays so things can be checked and/or washed.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS: i.e. eye glasses, jewelry, toys, money, games, etc. We will not be responsible for the loss or damage to personal items brought from home. “Bring at your own risk!” This also includes items taken along on the field trips.