Meals served at Head Start follow the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.
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Meals at Head Start
- 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!
- Check out tips from the chefs and nutrition educators at Cooking Matters to help you make balanced meals on a budget.
- Get fun cooking ideas in this magazine for Families.
- Video – What kind of Milk and how much should I give my child (age 2 years and older)?
- Video – Whole grains: how much is enough each day?
- Video – Child feeding
- Infant Nutrition
- Toddler Nutrition
- 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
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