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KinderCare Food Program and Nutrition

Eating Right Every Day

Healthy meals are the foundation of growth, early child development and education.

We believe nutrition and healthy eating habits are fundamental skills for young children, and we play an important role in helping your child learn about and enjoy a variety of nutritious foods each day.

It is our goal to provide a variety of healthful and acceptable meals and snacks that are nutritious for children, safe, developmentally appropriate and properly portioned for your child. Our menu is planned by a registered dietitian to provide wholesome meals and satisfying snacks that meet federal and state requirements and guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). And, we work with food manufacturers to create appropriate portion sizes and nutritional ingredients for children.

 

We provide your child with opportunities to enjoy healthful foods that promote growth and allow them to learn food preferences and dietary habits that help them live a healthy lifestyle so they are ready for early child development and learning.

 

Servings & Nutrition for Children

Many KinderCare Learning Centers serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. However, meals, menus and snack service may vary by location. Please check with your local day care center director for more information.

 

We provide meals and snacks that include a variety of food groups including meat and meat alternates, bread and grains, fruits, vegetables and fluid milk .

Our meals and snacks provide nutrition for children including carbohydrates, proteins and fat to give children energy, while maintaining total calories within recommended ranges specific to a child’s age group and level of activity.

 

On average over a school week we aim to not exceed 35 percent of total calories from fat, 10 percent calories from saturated fat and minimal grams trans-fat. Additionally, we strive to serve meals and snacks that have limited added sugar and sodium and increased dietary fiber. Our meal planning is based on current scientific research and recommendations.

You can have confidence that we provide your child with wholesome meals to help them grow strong, healthy and happy.

 

Healthy Eating at Home

Here are a few tips for healthy eating habits in your home, and information about how we support these goals in our child day care centers:

 

  1. Serve More Whole Grains. Dietary guidelines strongly encourage that children consume whole grain products often. Most children eat plenty of grains but few are getting enough “whole grains”. Foods that are whole grains consist of the entire grain seed. Our menu offers a minimum of one whole grain serving per day. Additionally, we aim to serve at least 3 whole grains per week at breakfast and one whole grain per week at snack.
  2. Focus on Fruits, Vary the Vegetables. Dietary guidelines recommend that we choose a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables each day. In particular, we are encouraged to select from a variety of vegetable subgroups including dark green and orange vegetables and beans. At KinderCare child care centers, a medley of fresh, frozen, canned, and juiced fruits and vegetables are offered daily at meals and snacks. We limit 100 percent fruit juice to two servings per week at snack only. Additionally, we aim to serve at least three weekly servings of fresh fruit and or raw (or lightly steamed) whole vegetables.
  3. Mmmmm, is for Milk (and Milk Products). When children consume a variety of milk and milk products they are providing their bodies with vitamins and minerals essential for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Dietary guidelines recommend that children age 2 to 8 years consume at least two cups per day of low fat milk or equivalent milk products each day. We offer children age two and older 1% fluid milk daily at breakfast and lunch. For children age 12-24 months, we offer whole milk only. Low-fat yogurt and cheese are also a regular part of our meals and snacks.

    For more information about childhood eating guidelines and ideas for teaching your child about food, please visit the USDA at http://www.choosemyplate.gov.

 

Allergens & Adaptations

If you child has a special nutritional need or requires an adaptation to our menu, we will work with your family to create a plan that adequately meets your child’s needs.

Please alert your local day care center if your child has a known allergy or nutrition need.

 

Menus

Our menus rotate on a four-week schedule to provide variety for your child.

 

Menus are grouped by ages:

  • Infants and toddlers age 2 and under
  • Children ages 3 to 5
  • School-age children (age 5+ through 12 years)

 

Menus change two times each year:

  • Fall /Winter (October - March)
  • Spring/Summer  (April - September)

 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast 
  • Toasty O's
  • Orange Juice Bar and Berries
  • Milk
 
  • English Muffin
  • Apple Slices
  • Milk
  • Turkey Ham
 
  • French Toast Sticks
  • Peaches
  • Milk
 
  • Oatmeal
  • Bananas
  • Milk
 
  • Banana Crunch Bread
  • Fruit Mix
  • Milk
 
Age Appropriate Substitution:   
  • Applesauce 
 
   
  • Fruit Mix -no grapes
 
Lunch 
  • HM Cheeseburger Pasta
  • Broccoli
  • Applesauce
  • Milk
 
  • HM Turkey Chili
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Green Beans
  • Fruit Mix
  • Milk
 
  • HM Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
  • Fresh Zucchini & Corn
  • Apricots
  • Milk
 
  • Scrambled Egg Patty
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Whole Wheat Bun
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Diced Melon
  • Milk
 
  • Fish Sticks
  • Brown Rice
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Pears
  • Milk
 
Vegetarian:   
  • Vegetarian Chili
 
  • Bean & Cheese Burrito  
 
  • Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Whole Wheat Bun  
 
  • Meatless Nuggets
 
Age Appropriate Substitution:   
  • Fruit Mix -slice grapes
 
     
PM Snack 
  • Graham Crackers
  • Bananas
  • Soy Nut Butter
 
  • HM Crispy Rice & Oat Bar
  • Apple Juice
 
  • Strawberry Yogurt
  • Orange Sections
 
  • Fresh Carrots & Broccoli Florets
  • Wheat Crackers
  • Ranch Dressing
 
  • Apple Slices
  • Cheddar Cheese Cubes
 
Age Appropriate Substitution:      
  • Lightly Steamed Carrots & Broccoli Florets  
 
  • Applesause
 
 

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