We believe nutrition and healthy eating habits are fundamental skills for young children, and we play an important role in helping your child learn about and enjoy a variety of nutritious foods each day.
It is our goal to provide a variety of healthful and acceptable meals and snacks that are nutritious for children, safe, developmentally appropriate and properly portioned for your child. Our menu is planned by a registered dietitian to provide wholesome meals and satisfying snacks that meet federal and state requirements and guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). And, we work with food manufacturers to create appropriate portion sizes and nutritional ingredients for children.
We provide your child with opportunities to enjoy healthful foods that promote growth and allow them to learn food preferences and dietary habits that help them live a healthy lifestyle so they are ready for early child development and learning.
Many of The Sprout Academy locations serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. However, meals, menus and snack service may vary by location. Please check with your local center for more information.
We provide meals and snacks that include a variety of food groups including meat and meat alternates, bread and grains, fruits, vegetables and fluid milk .
Our meals and snacks provide nutrition for children including carbohydrates, proteins and fat to give children energy, while maintaining total calories within recommended ranges specific to a child’s age group and level of activity.
On average over a school week we aim to not exceed 35 percent of total calories from fat, 10 percent calories from saturated fat and minimal grams trans-fat. Additionally, we strive to serve meals and snacks that have limited added sugar and sodium and increased dietary fiber. Our meal planning is based on current scientific research and recommendations.
You can have confidence that we provide your child with wholesome meals to help them grow strong, healthy and happy.
Here are a few tips for healthy eating habits in your home, and information about how we support these goals in our child day care centers:
For more information about childhood eating guidelines and ideas for teaching your child about food, please visit the USDA at http://www.choosemyplate.gov.
If you child has a special nutritional need or requires an adaptation to our menu, we will work with your family to create a plan that adequately meets your child’s needs.
Please alert your local day care center if your child has a known allergy or nutrition need.