Meals & Nutrition
Since our school is open 12 months and 8 hours per day, we offer breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day. A nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are served family style every day.
At CPI, we follow the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which plays a crucial role in supporting the wellness, health, and development of children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities through the provision of nutritious foods. We recognize that being a child care provider, we have an opportunity and responsibility to instill healthy habits in young children that serve as a foundation for healthy choices in life.
The CACFP nutrition standards for meals and snacks served in the CACFP are based on the CNA Child Nutrition Act, science-based recommendations made by the National Academy of Medicine. Under these standards, meals and snacks served include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. In addition, the standards encourage breastfeeding and better align the CACFP with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and with other Child Nutrition Programs.
USDA provides guidance, resources, best practices, and training for CACFP centers and day care homes to support them in providing healthy, balanced meals and snacks to the children and adults they serve.