Food and Nutrition

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

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.  Healthy meals and snacks are important for growing bodies and minds. Good nutrition is vital to children’s physical and mental development. To find Whiz Kid Learning Center’s monthly menu click here.

 

Promoting Healthy Eating

Due to our desire to promote your child’s health and provide good nutrition, Whiz Kid Learning Center has been a member of the Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) since 2004. We follow the child care nutrition guidelines of the CACFP for all meals and snacks. A variety of nutritionally balanced, high quality foods are prepared and served on the premises each day.

Childcare Nutrition Considers Special Diets

Sometimes a child requires a special diet due to allergies, food sensitivities, or other circumstances. We are experienced in reading ingredient lists for allergens and accommodating special diets without compromising nutrition. If your child needs a special diet we will make reasonable adjustments to our menu in order to accommodate his/her needs. If you prefer to send meals to Whiz Kid Learning Center, you must provide us with a medical statement from your child’s doctor.  The medical statement will be placed in your child’s records.  Parents that bring meals for their child must provide meals that follow USDA nutrition guidelines. Upon request, we will supply you with a list of guidelines. Parents are asked not to send sugary foods such as gum, candy, donuts, or other foods to Whiz Kid Learning Center unless proper approval has been received from the center’s director.

 

Our Menu Promotes Healthy Nutrition

Our monthly menus are carefully planned to follow child care nutrition guidelines for each meal. Each menu is designed to provide a wide variety of nutritious foods that are different in color, shape, size and texture.

Healthy Eating at Home

Here are a few tips for healthy eating habits at home, and information about how we support these goals at our center:

Dietary guidelines strongly encourage children to 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.
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 Whiz Kid, 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.
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 2% fluid milk daily at breakfast and lunch.

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