Our Nutrition Program

One of the features that parents have come to love at the Children Center of the Upper Valley is our food program. We serve breakfast, lunch and snacks to the children of our center which is all included in the price of tuition. Some of the things that make our nutrition program unique is that we take advantage of opportunities for nutrition education through mealtime, our gardening program and our attention to food allergies. Since the early years are an important time for growth and development, our goal is to help children develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime!

Menus
Our child friendly, nutritious menus include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. We aim to provide variety in our menus to meet all different taste buds, but if there are days that your child does not like what is on the menu, alternate menu choices are available. We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a federally funded food and nutrition program.
Check out our sample menu! Our menus are also posted on the bulletin board outside each classroom and updated weekly on our website.

 
Meal Time
Our meals and snacks are served family style, which means that children serve themselves (with help from an adult as needed). Mealtime is used to expand conversation skills, try new and nutritious foods and enjoy the experience of sharing a meal together! Children show independence and responsibility by using table manners and by setting and clearing their own plates.

Allergies
Our chef pays careful attention to the meal preparation for a child with a food allergy. All staff is aware of children with food allergies and appropriate substitutions are provided. Children’s Center of the Upper Valley is a nut free facility and for the safety of our children, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in following our strict guideline of no outside food or drink being brought into our center.

Our Nutrition Team:

Patricia Enneper – CACFP Coordinator
Patricia has a BS in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has 12 years of experience working as a dietitian in hospitals and life care facilities. She has worked at a preschool assistant teacher and for the past three years has worked at CCUV as the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) Coordinator.

Patricia lives with her family and their dog Bo. Her hobbies include running, hiking and cooking.

Stefanie Daigle – Chef

 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutionsparticipating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination
Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office,

or write a letter

addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request
a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA
by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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