- If food service is provided:
- The provider shall ensure that the center’s meal service complies with local health department food service regulations.
- Foods served by centers not currently participating and in good standing with the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) shall comply with the nutritional requirements of the CACFP. The licensee shall either use standard Department-approved menus, menus provided by the CACFP, or menus approved by a registered dietician. Dietitian approval shall be noted and dated on the menus, and shall be current within the past 5 years.
- Centers not currently participating and in good standing with the CACFP shall keep a six week record of foods served at each meal or snack.
- The provider shall post the current week’s menu for parent review.
- The provider shall offer meals or snacks at least once every three hours.
- The provider shall serve children’s food on dishes, napkins, or sanitary high chair trays, except for individual serving size items, such as crackers, if they are placed directly in the children’s hands. The provider shall not place food on a bare table.
- The provider shall ensure that all caregivers (including Director and cook) who serve food to children are aware of food allergies and sensitivities for the children in their assigned group, and that children are not served the food or drink they have an allergy or sensitivity to.
- The provider shall ensure that food and drink brought in by parents for an individual child’s use is labeled with the child’s name, and refrigerated if needed, and shall ensure that the food or drink is only consumed by that child.