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KinderCare’s Food & Child Nutrition Program

Where Mealtime Equals Love—and Learning.

You want your child to eat well—and be happy, healthy, and active. We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we provide nutritious meals and snacks to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. For 2018, our registered dietitian made big changes to our food program: We don't serve juice (too much sugar). We don’t serve fried foods. We don’t serve sugary snacks like graham crackers.

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Instead, our meals and snacks includes versions of kid favorites made with healthier ingredients, like whole grains, proteins to keep bellies full, plenty of fruits and vegetables—and low-fat, hormone-free milk. 

At KinderCare, nutrition is about more than the food on the plate. It’s an important part of our educational model. Even our two-year-olds set the table with their friends, practice “please” and “thank you,” and serve themselves from big bowls. (We don’t mind a little mess.)  

Family-Style Dining

Called "family-style dining," this approach builds an I-can-do-it-myself confidence and puts love on the table, along with good food. In other words, at KinderCare, mealtime creates strong classroom communities. We hope you’ll join us for lunch with your kids—anytime. We love it when families share a meal with us!

New for 2018! We’re Encouraging Kids to Give New Foods a Try (and They Are LOVING It) 

Family Style Dining

Why does our 2018 menu feature cuisine like Chinese lo mein, Indian chickpea biryani, and a southwestern rice-and-bean bowl? These adventurous dishes encourage even the chicken-finger and French-fry lovers among our kids (and there are plenty of them!) to give new experiences and flavors a try.

But do they try it? You bet! Our teachers and chefs do a masterful job of introducing the wonderful world of flavors to children and their developing palates, and we’ve made sure our new recipes are kid-approved by testing them at select centers first.  

Bottom line: At KinderCare, the learning doesn’t end at lunchtime, and our approach to nutrition is as thoughtful as our approach to reading, the arts, or anything else we teach. We’re proud of that!  After all, it takes a community of caring adults to raise a healthy eater!

Here’s a taste of a weekly menu:

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal & Blueberries
  • Granola & Pears
  • Scrambled Eggs & Orange Slices
  • Bagel & Peaches
  • Toasty-Os Cereal

Lunch

  • Ravioli & Spinach Salad
  • Cheese or Veggie Burger* with Broccoli & Potato Wedges
  • Chickpea Biryani with Brown Rice & Greens Beans
  • BBQ Chicken or Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich** with Green Beans & Corn
  • Fish Sandwich or Grilled Cheese* with Cucumbers & Apples

Afternoon Snack

  • Hummus & Pita Bread
  • Bananas & Yogurt
  • Celery Sticks & Cheese Cubes
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich**

* We always provide a vegetarian option.

** We take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s allergies or food sensitivities.