Nutrition at Head Start
- Meals served at Head Start follow the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.
For more information click here: PARENT INFORMATION SHEET (English) HOJA DE INFORMACION PARA LOS PADRES (Espanol)
- Meals are served in a relaxed “family style” setting, with children and adults eating together. Children serve themselves (as able) and are allowed to choose from what is offered at the table. Children are encouraged to try all foods, but are not pressured or forced to eat or taste.
- A variety of food is served which broadens each child's food experiences.
- Children in full-day classrooms receive breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.
- Children in half-day classrooms receive:
- AM Session – Breakfast and lunch
- PM Session – Lunch and afternoon snack
- Individual care is provided to meet special dietary needs.
- Lesson plans include food and nutrition-related activities.
Nutrition Tips and Ideas
Eating healthfully can be affordable and delicious!
Click HERE to check out tips from the chefs and nutrition educators at Cooking Matters to help you make balanced meals on a budget.
Fun Cooking Magazine for Families.
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Video - Whole grains: how much is enough each day?
Video - Child feeding
Preschool Nutrition and Fitness
KidsEatRight.org is a great nutrition resource for parents! You will find tips, recipes and reliable advice about feeding children of all ages and stages.
Ways to save money on food:
How Can I Shop and Eat Healthy on a Budget?
Eat Right When Money's Tight
30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch your Fruit and Vegetable Budget
How to Get Assistance with Food
Double Up Food Bucks - English
Double Up Food Bucks - Español
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