The Head Start nutrition program is designed to meet the nutritional needs of each child including those with special dietary needs and children with disabilities. All children’s food allergies must be documented with a statement from a physician and kept on file at the Head Start center.
BROC Head Start participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is a federally funded program that provides partial reimbursement for the meals we serve. Meals must be served in accordance with the program guidelines.
A variety of foods are served which include foods from different cultures and ethnic groups. The children are served breakfast and lunch, which provides at least 1/3 of their daily nutritional needs. Centers that operate the Extended Day Program provide meals and snacks, which supplies ˝ to ⅔ of the children’s daily nutritional needs. Menus are posted and copies are available for parents. Meals are served family style and children eat in small groups with an adult. Mealtime is a part of the total education program teaching colors, textures, science, math, good hygiene, food habits and attitudes.
Head Start provides educational materials to parents on how to select healthy foods, how to prepare well-balanced meals, how to obtain food stamps, WIC, and what other community assistance is available when needed.
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