The CDC is committed to supporting you and your family in making healthy nutritional choices. Parents are required to notify the CDC of any allergies or special dietary needs. We will serve a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack each day. A copy of the menu will be posted in the child's classroom, emailed to parents and copies can be picked up in the front office.
Parents are responsible for providing a simple and nutritious lunch. Time does not allow us to heat individual foods. We ask that you provide lunches in bags or lunch boxes marked with your child's name on it. Please refrain from bringing fast foods for your child's breakfast or lunch. Foods from popular restaurants like McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell, do not support our mission in building strong kids, strong families, strong communities.
The CDC is a nut-free environment. Please do not send foods with peanut butter or other products containing nuts. This provides the staff the needed support to ensure that children with severe nut allergies are safe. We have discovered that many children who enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches also enjoy Sunflower Seed Butter as a substitute. This product can be found at your local Trader Joe's markets.
Children are not allowed to consume high sugar snacks while attending the CDC. Please do not send these foods in your child's lunch or backpack. We consider these items to include candy, cakes, cookies, soda, punch, sugar-added juices, gum and especially chocolate. Teachers and counselors who discover these foods at lunch time will be asked to return them home in your child's lunch box with a gentle reminder. Your cooperation will help make meal times pleasant as well as nutritious.
Although sugar-free foods may be a necessary alternative for children with diabetes or other food related challenges, we do not recommend it for typical children who are trying to develop a desire for healthier choices. We suggest fruits with natural sugar for those with a propensity for sweets.
The CDC utilizes the YMCA Food & Fun Curriculum to help teach children about making good nutritional choices as well as provide hands-on opportunities in the classroom to prepare and eat healthy foods. If you would like more information or suggestions about providing nutritious meals for your family, please let us know and we would be delighted to provide you with support as well as resources.
The Y has adopted the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards recommended by YMCA of the USA in order to support our mission.
p>These standards, when implemented fully throughout the Y, will be the basis on which the Y's commitment to being one of the largest and healthiest providers of early childhood education and afterschool programming in the nation is recognized.
These standards have been expanded and revised as of 11/30/2011 to align with the Commitment that was made to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America. The difference between these standards and previous versions are relatively small. Previous versions of the Y's Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for After-School Programs have been augmented by adding parallel Early Childhood Education HEPA Standards, and new standards related to parent education and sugar-sweetened beverages.