Daily Meals & Breakfast Programs
Good nutrition and effective learning go hand in hand. Numerous studies have documented the value of eating breakfast and it’s contribution to a child’s ability to learn, think quickly, pay attention, and get along with others. One recent childhood nutrition study found that children who eat breakfast improve their math grades, school attendance, and punctuality. Children who regularly eat breakfast also think clearly and quickly, solve problems more easily, and are less likely to be fidgety and irritable early in the day. Studies also show that children who skip breakfast are not as adept at selecting the information they need to solve problems. Ability to recall and use new information, verbal fluency and attentiveness are negatively affected by hunger as well.
Breakfast plays an important part in our child nutrition program. The team at Valley Child Care and Learning Centers believes that even the best preschool and child care services can’t provide effective learning for children who are hungry. You and your child can start your day off by eating breakfast together! Just come in to any of our locations between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to enjoy a bowl of cereal with juice or milk (coffee for parents) at no charge.
Snacks and Lunch
As part of our complete child nutrition program, your child will enjoy morning and afternoon snacks and a lunch that are nutritionally balanced and meet the required food components and portion size at each meal. We encourage the children in our day care and early learning programs to at least try every food group that is offered. Your child may have second helpings of anything we serve. All of our meals are homemade and meet USDA Daily Requirements.