Foods prepared at home may not be served in the Head Start centers.
At Head Start, your child will
receive a nutritionally balanced breakfast,
lunch, and snack. Menus are designed to meet
at least on-half to two-thirds of your child’s
daily requirements as stipulated by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s
Child and Adult
Care Food Program (CACFP). The daily
menus offer a variety of food from all food
groups and will be served in a family style
setting or school cafeteria. During mealtimes,
your child will learn to make healthy food
choices and learn good nutrition habits that
can last him/her a lifetime. Monthly classroom
food experiences are planned to help children
understand the relationship of nutrition
education as it relates to good health. Head
Start participates with the USDA/CACFP program
and follows their guidelines. Documentation
from a physician or medical authority must be
on file for any child who is unable to consume
certain foods because of medical reasons or
who have special dietary needs.
Most centers serve breakfast at
9:00 a.m., lunch at 12:00 noon, and snack at
2:00 p.m. Your child’s teacher will inform you
of their center’s meal schedule. Head Start
does not force children to eat; however, we do
encourage children to taste different foods.
Food is never used as a punishment or a
reward. Head Start menus also limit the fat
and sugar content of food.
In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (Voice) or (202)720-6382 (TTY). UDSA is and equal opportunity provider and employer.