The Children’s Center participates in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. We provide daily meals (breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack) that meet USDA nutritional requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

The Children’s Center believes in the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and hopes to encourage sound nutrition through its food program. The food program provides nutrient dense foods in a supportive food environment.

Our goals are to introduce children to a wide variety of healthy foods; serve an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables; limit foods high in saturated and trans fats; offer whole grains; offer an array of protein sources, limiting the amount of red meat and processed foods; encourage children to recognize their hunger and satiety; encourage children to taste new foods; provide a supportive meal environment.

We believe the introduction of a new food should be done with a frequency that increases a child’s familiarity with it, and should be coupled with healthy, “old favorites.” We believe a child should be encouraged to taste new foods without having undue attention paid to his eating behaviors. We believe a child’s willingness to taste new foods should be recognized as a healthy food attitude. We believe our food program serves balanced snacks and meals, meets a child’s nutritional  needs and does not require substitution or supplementation. We believe that no more than a moderate second helping of a popular food should be served to a child with a still almost-full plate of less preferred foods.

We do observe holidays and birthdays. If you send in a treat for your child’s classroom, please be mindful that the Children’s Center is peanut free.

The center does not allow food to be brought in from outside except in certain situations. Children with milk or food allergies may bring in their own milk or food. If you are bringing in food, you must bring in all snacks and meals. A doctor’s note is required.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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