Meals & Menu
Healthy eating habits last a lifetime, so it's important to start from the beginning! Please don't be discouraged if your child doesn't try all of the healthy foods we offer on the snack menu, or those packed by you from home. Often children must be exposed to new foods several times bfeore they're willing to try.
Learning Tree Childcare will provide all weekly meals and snacks to children beginning at age 1. We will provide snacks to infants unless you prefer to send specific foods for your child. Water is offered to each child at every snack and meal time along with milk.
- Breakfast will be served at 9:00 AM
- Lunch will be served at 11:15 AM
- Afternoon Snack will be served at 3:00 PM
If you prefer that your child NOT be served certain food items while at school (like diary, meat, gluten, corn, wheat, etc.) then please sign the meals statement stating that your "opt out" for us to supplement your child. For any child who does not opt out, then we must abide by the Meal Patterns for Children in Childcare Programs, which was developed by the Child Care Commission based on USDA guidlines.
If you don't opt out then we MUST offer your child 1% milk or whole milk during morning snack and lunch, along with meeting the required amounts/types of foods listed in the guidelines.
If you'd like to send organic milk, skim milk, rice/soy/coconut/almond milk (or any other beverage instead of cow's milk) that is acceptable, but we need to have the "Opt-Out" statement on file for your child. Opting out means we will not supplement your child's meals with items, if you are not sending foods from all the groups listed in the meal guidelines.
If you have any questions about this, please speak with the director and your child's teachers; our goal is to be sure each child is receiving a healthy meel at school.
Parents must provide all breastmilk or formula for infants. We will provide snacks, unless you choose to send specific foods for your child. All bottles must be premade and labeled with the child's first and last name and the current day's date. Please make sure all bottles have lids and fully intact nipples.
We ask that any infants or one year old that are drinking from sippy cups, that each parent send 3 sippy cups each day. You will need to take these items home every day and wash them.
If you choose to send baby food for your child, we do have warmers to heat up lunches, if needed. Meals brought from home should include a variety of healthy items for you child; if you would like to review the nutritional guidlines set forth by the state, we will happily provide a copy of the meal Meal Guidelines for Children in Child Care document.