It is important to support a child’s health during this crucial time in their growth and development.
Snacks and lunches are NOT provided by the school. All students are required to bring their own healthy snack to school each day. Students who stay beyond 12:00 p.m. need to bring their own lunch. Please make healthy snack and lunch choices for your child. Faith is a Licensed Early Childhood Center. With that license, we are required to ensure that all children have the daily nutritional requirements for their snack and lunches:
- 1 vegetable daily
- 1 fruit daily
You can read the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program requirements here.
Guidance issued by the USDA can be found here.
If a child has food allergies or a medically required special diet, alternate menus and food substitutions can be determined. All allergy, special diets, and life-threatening or severe food reactions must be noted on our health intake form so teachers can be made aware. All allergies and special diets will be hung in each classroom.
We, along with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, ask that parents and caregivers follow the minimum licensing requirements for child care in Washington State and provide each child with the daily nutritional requirements.
We also would like to inform you that:
- Staff sit with children and have casual conversations during mealtimes.
- As part of the school curriculum and learning, the class may engage in cooking projects and may taste the food they prepared (children with special diets will be considered).
- Children decide how much and which foods to choose to eat of the foods available in their lunch boxes.
- Food is not used as a reward or punishment.
Dessert-like items should be low in fat and contribute important nutrients. Examples include: muffins or bread made with fruit or vegetables, puddings and custards, cobblers and pies with lightly sweetened fruits, plain or vanilla yogurt with fruit or honey, plain cakes or cookies modified for fat and sugar content, or frozen juice or yogurt popsicles.
Culture and ethnic food items maybe served to honor cultures represented in this school (e.g. sticky rice, lefse, flan, sambuusa, or “mush-mush”). If this food is made at a home, parents must sign a waiver agreeing it is okay for their child to eat that food.
The use of non-food items to celebrate special occasions is encouraged.