Our center provides meals prepared on the premises for breakfast, lunch, and light supper daily.
- Breakfast will be served to all children arriving on or before 8:30 A.M.
- Lunch will be served to children arriving on or before 11:30 A.M.
- Light supper will be served to all children in the building around 3:00 P.M.
- This child care facility participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to the children.
- Each month’s menu will be posted at the sign-in desk on the parent board and copies are available at the sign-in desk.
- Infant feeding schedules and dietary needs are determined on an individual basis. During bottle feedings, infants are held in the arms of an adult familiar to them in a quiet, relaxed environment. Baby bottles are not propped, nor is any child put to bed with a feeding bottle. Our center provides infant food, juice, and Wal-Mart’s Parent’s Choice formula with iron as part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Parents have the option of participating in this program or supplying their own food and formula.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
Our center participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). We ask that an application be filled out for each child each year even though he/she may not be eligible for this program. We are required to have an application on file for each child. All information is kept confidential. This information is necessary to determine the amount of federal funding received by our center for the meals served to children. Higher reimbursement will contribute to the overall quality of care we provide. All meals served under the Child and Adult Care Food Program are served regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and disability.
Infant Nutrition Policy
All children enrolled in the Hardy County Child Care Center, including infants are eligible for meals through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Our center participates in this program and is reimbursed by the USDA to help with the cost of serving nutritious meals that meet CACFP guidelines to all enrolled children. To fully meet CACFP requirements, the policy of our center is to provide Parent’s Choice milk-based formula with iron and other required foods to infants six weeks through twelve months of age. All parents of infants may choose to bring their own iron-fortified infant formula or breast milk and other infant foods that meet the CACFP infant meal pattern requirements. If you choose to bring breast milk or formula for your infant, it must be brought to the center in bottles already prepared and ready for feeding. All bottles must be labeled with your child’s name. Due to CACFP guidelines, the center is not allowed to give juice to infants in bottles. It must be given in a sippy cup due to tooth decay. Please note that the center will also introduce semi-solid foods to your infant according to the decisions made by you and your infant’s doctor. Infant feeding schedules and dietary needs are determined on an individual basis. Parents of infants six weeks through twelve months of age have the opportunity to accept or refuse infant meals provided by our center.