Nutrition at Head Start

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.

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