Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition
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This page has information on allergies, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meals and snacks schedule, infant feeding policies, breastfeeding support, and the MyPlate program.

The Child and Family Study Center is a nut-free environment.  The meals and snacks provided through our center adhere to recommendations of a health and/or nutrition consultant familiar with the implications of nut allergies.

Allergy Information

  • The program protects children with food allergies from contact with the problem food. 
  • There are children in our center who are SEVERELY allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.  Following these reminders could save a child's life.
    • NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS (almonds, walnuts, etc.) should be brought into the center (this also includes the observation booths).
    • It is VITALLY important that your child's hands have been washed and their teeth have been brushed prior to attending school.
    • If your child enjoys peanut butter or any other product containing nuts at home, please check that it isn't on his/her clothing when he/she comes to school.
    • Be sure to check with your classroom teacher before bringing in snacks or treats for special occasions and holidays.  Foods that we may think may be peanut free could actually be made in a plant that also contains peanuts.
  • For more information on food allergies, click here.

Meals and Snacks

  • Breakfast, AM snack, Lunch, and PM snack are served to the children in attendance daily.
  • Breakfast contains three food groups, snacks contain two food groups, and lunch contains five food groups.

Infant Feeding/Breastfeeding Support

Infants are always fed on demand.  A report listing times of feeding and amount eaten will be available on the chart for parents/guardians.  Expressed breast milk can be served to infants.  The CFSC supports breastfeeding; available space in the classroom and observation booths may be used for breastfeeding by nursing mothers.  The center will provide one brand of iron-fortified formula and all foods.  Parents/guardians of infants may select the formula and foods provided by the center or provide their own breast milk or formula, and semi-solid food or baby food.  Please ask the Infant head teacher for the specific brand of formula offered.

CFSC supports breastfeeding by:

  1. Accepting, storing, and serving expressed human milk for feedings.
  2. Accepting human milk in ready-to-feed sanitary containers labeled with the infant's name and date and storing it in a refrigerator for no longer than 48 hours.  If breast milk was previously frozen, then it shall not be kept in the refrigerator for longer than 24 hours, or in a freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below, for no longer than 3 months.
  3. Gently mixing, not shaking, the milk before feeding to preserve special infection-fighting and nutritional components in human milk and providing a comfortable place for breastfeeding and coordinating feedings with the infant's mother.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)