In order to provide a positive role model for Head Start children and their families, it is our policy to serve foods which are healthy and nutritious. By providing healthy foods we create an environment that supports our commitment to high nutritional standards.


NUTRITION: (5 CCR 18278)

HSCDP promotes high standards of nutrition in all aspects of the program. Good nutrition is seen as a vital link to learning and overall health. Children, families and staff are encouraged to develop healthy eating habits:

  • A healthy food policy was created by the Program Policy Council (PPC) that supports the inclusion of healthy foods in centers and at parent functions.
  • Children are served breakfast, lunch and snack, depending upon their hours of attendance.
  • Menus focus on fresh seasonal foods and offer a variety to introduce children to new foods in different ways.
  • Menus are culturally and developmentally appropriate for the age of the children served and meet or exceed Child Care Food Program nutritional requirements.
  • Meals are cooked on site for each classroom by trained cooks.
  • Meals are served family style and children are allowed to choose the foods they eat.
  • Staff or adult volunteers are at each table to model politeness and provide a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere to allow children opportunities for socialization and to develop healthy attitudes about food.
  • The Food for Thought Curriculum is used in classrooms to extend learning about the foods that are served.
  • Nutrition information is provided to all families through newsletters, recipes, monthly menus, parent education sessions and home visits.
  • Colorful nutrition education information and menus are displayed in parent rooms reflecting the meals served and any current topics that promote healthy eating.
  • Heights and weights screenings for children are conducted in classrooms twice yearly and parents are informed of any concerns and given information or referrals if indicated.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015

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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