In all aspects of the nutrition program, our staff is a role model and set an example to support a healthy environment with a focus on the well being of the children.
Families today face many nutritional challenges; accordingly, our nutrition staff has established guidelines for centers to build a “healthy” environment for the children and the staff. This vision of a “healthy” environment includes a foundation for developing a positive attitude toward food, understanding the importance of good nutrition and daily exercise and forming healthy eating habits. For more information, see a copy of our Wellness Policies for a Healthy Environment:
Our teachers introduce nutritional and fun cooking activities into the program that both enhances the curriculum and assists the children in making healthy choices in their daily lives. In addition, both staff and families are offered wellness education that includes best practices in food choices as well as best practices for an active life.
Depending on the Center, a variety of meal and snack options include: Breakfast, AM Snack, Lunch, PM Snack and Dinner. We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, receiving reimbursement from the USDA and California Department of Education for the meals and snacks served.
Foods purchased, prepared and served at the centers promote healthy choices by requiring that foods be limited in the amount of salt, sugar and fats. In addition, we serve a wide variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Children with specific health and/or special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
Family Style Meal Service
Family style meal service is an integral part of our food program at our centers. This style of meal service promotes healthy eating habits and positive attitudes toward food and eating. Family style meal service allows your child to identify and be introduced to new foods and new skills. Children are encouraged to serve themselves and try all foods, but are never forced to eat. Active involvement in meal preparation, table set up and clean up allows your child to be included in all aspects of mealtime.
Just as in the feeding relationship between adult and child, encouraging physical activity in a child’s life is much the same. Teachers will plan a place and time for active play throughout a child’s day and participate with the child as a role model. Active playtime includes a variety of activities for children to choose from and enjoy. Young children will naturally tend to be active, but if children learn to be active regularly and enjoy it, then it is believed that they will continue to be active adults as well.
All children should be physically active every day. Children should have an opportunity for active play 120 minutes per day which includes structured (teacher-guided) and unstructured (child-guided) playtime. Children will have at least 30 minutes cumulative (half day program) and 60 minutes cumulative (full day program) of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Our 30Fit program provides all children and youth who attend our Before and After School Program with 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.