Snack menus are posted in the kitchen area and in each classroom. The Center provides
nutritious morning and afternoon snacks. Milk is provided with snacks and lunch.
If your child’s lunch contains perishable items, please place the labeled container in the
refrigerator. Remember to label lunch boxes and bags, containers and lids. Please, no glass
containers. Uneaten lunch foods will be left in the child’s lunch box unless the food is very
messy. This allows you to determine the amount/types of food that fit your child’s appetite.
Please do not send candy, gum, chocolate, soda pop, high sugared fruit punch or drinks, high
sugar cupcakes and other pastries, or marshmallows to the Children’s Center. As a guideline,
if the first ingredient listed on the container is a form of sugar, please leave it for home
snacking. Experience tells us that if a child’s lunch contains these items, s/he tends not to eat
much of the other foods you send. Bunny and Dolphin parents are requested to not send
soup, or loose rice or noodles, as these foods are not compatible with learning positive selffeeding habits and coordination in a group setting.
For safety reasons, no food should be served which is of a size and/or consistency that could
cause choking. Specific foods that fall into the “risk category” include, but are not limited to:
small nuts, popcorn, cherries with pits, whole grapes (for children two and younger), whole
hard-boiled eggs, and hot dogs. If there is a concern about the appropriateness of an item, the
Lead Teacher will communicate her/his concern directly to the parents.
CCC has a “no nuts” policy. This policy will include but is not limited to peanut butter. For
example, it includes walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, macadamias, pistachios, and any
kind of food that may include any type of nut.
While we know the policy may come as a surprise, let us assure you the decision was not
arbitrary. The reason behind this decision is literally a matter of life and death. A few children
in the center have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. If the child should inadvertently come
into contact with peanut butter, he/she would immediately develop a severe skin reaction.
However, if the child should ingest any amount of it, the outcome may be fatal. Obviously,
with a situation of this gravity, it is incumbent upon us to work together to help provide the
safest environment for all the children. Unfortunately, this is not something that can be
contained in the dinning area. For example, if a child has peanut butter on his/her hands and
touches the faucet and the allergic child should touch it afterward; a severe and possibly fatal
reaction could be triggered.
A few suggested items for your child’s lunch include: cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese cubes,
sliced meat sandwiches, beans, sliced hard-boiled egg, tortillas, pita, rice, corn, potato
pancakes, fruit-sweetened cookies, grated carrots, green pepper strips, broccoli or cauliflower
“trees”, coleslaw, halved cherry tomatoes or grapes, pitted cherries, cooked vegetables of all
kinds, peaches, pears, apples, nectarines, or applesauce. The Center provides milk for both
morning and afternoon snack and for lunch. You may choose to send juice as an alternative to
milk with your child’s lunch.
You may celebrate your child’s birthday with the group by contributing the morning or
afternoon snack. As good nutritional snacks are part of our program, we suggest fruits,
crackers and cheese, 100% frozen juice bars, veggies with dip, egg rolls, or biscuits with fruit
spread for birthday snacks. We want children to connect feeling special with healthy foods. We
will put candles in whatever you provide for the occasion, sing Happy Birthday, read special
stories, and, in general, make your child feel special.