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Meal Times at Head Start and Early Head Start Food

Meals are an important part of the program. A well-balanced nutritional diet is important to building strong bodies and creating the best conditions for learning.  In full day programs, children will be provided breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. In part day classrooms, children will be provided breakfast and lunch or lunch and snack. We include different kinds of foods so children will have the chance to taste, feel, smell, and see them.  Food is served family style so children learn to serve themselves, pour milk and pass dishes.  Children are never forced to eat. Children learn about new foods and eat in a happy and relaxed atmosphere.  Monthly menus will be sent home to you. We invite your suggestions!

Feeding Infants and Toddlers in Early Head Start


In Early Head Start formula or breast milk, beginning solids and table foods are provided to your child. If you are nursing, we provide a space for you to feed your child.Little girl eating strawberry


Infants will always be held when drinking from a bottle. If a child can hold their own bottle, they may do so on their own, but a caregiver will be present. Bottles will never be propped, nor may children walk around with them or use them on the bus.


For children more than 1 year old, they will be given milk and water in toddler cups unless the child has a special need that makes it difficult to use a cup.


Your Child’s Nutrition


We will work with you to address any special nutrition needs your child may have. We contract with a Nutritionist who provides support to our program.


Food Allergies


Let us know of any food allergies your child has. We will need your child’s medical provider to fill out the Medical Statement for Food Substitution form for many food allergies.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture  Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights  1400 Independence Avenue, SW  Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)  fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)  email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.




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