At KKCC we teach about and encourage healthy eating habits. Your child’s body uses nutrients from food to function properly and stay healthy. Therefore, we strive to serve, and ask that you please endeavor to send in, a nutritious meal for your child. To ensure that children are receiving nutritious, well-balanced meals and snacks, we will monitor meals brought in from home. We will supplement them as necessary.
KKCC provides children with breakfast each day between the hours of 8:00am and 8:30am. Breakfast ends promptly at 8:30am. If you want your child to eat breakfast at the Center, please be sure that he/she is present on time. This includes breakfast brought by the parent. If the child is allergic to any item on our menu or the child does not agree with the menu, it is the parent's responsibility to provide a substitute for that item.
Please send a well-balanced, nutritious meal for your child’s lunch. Lunch should include a balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains. We will serve 2% milk with lunch, unless the child desires water. We do not allow frozen, canned, or meals that need preparation. Teachers may not cook or purchase your child’s lunch. Meals that need to be warmed up should not take longer than 1 or 2 minutes to heat. Meals must be placed in microwavable containers. Glass, thermos, or Pyrex dishes are not permitted. An icepack must be included in the lunchbox every day to keep food items fresh.
To prevent choking staff may not offer children younger than four years of age the following foods: hot dogs (whole or sliced into rounds), whole grapes, nuts, popcorn, raw peas, hard pretzels, peanut butter, chunks of raw carrots or meat larger than can be swallowed whole. Food brought in must be cut into pieces no larger than 1/2-inch cubes or according to each child’s chewing and swallowing capability.
If a child requires a modified diet for medical reasons, the reasons must be stated on the Emergency Form and Health Inventory. Any dietary changes that occur during the academic or non-academic year must be documented on the child’s Emergency Form and brought to the teacher’s attention as soon as possible.
KKCC provides children with an afternoon snack. Parents may also choose to provide their child’s snack. If you choose to provide the afternoon snack for your child, please provide healthy snacks (i.e. fruit, vegetable, yogurt). Children in our 2-year-old classrooms are given a healthy morning snack provided by parents. If you send juice for snack, it must be 100% fruit juice. Do not send candy or sugary drinks for snack we will not serve these items.
No Peanut or Nut Products
KKCC understands the seriousness of anaphylaxis that may result when children with peanut allergies come in contact with peanuts or peanut products. Therefore, children are not to bring in any items that contain nuts or nut products. This includes peanut butter sandwiches or candy. This policy has been adapted due to the large number of children in our Center, who have severe allergies to nuts and nut products.
KKCC provides 2% milk for all students for breakfast and lunch. We will also serve parent provided alternatives for only those children who have a medically documented need. KKCC will not accommodate milk “preferences.” This is true even if parents provide the milk alternative.