NECDC provides breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. All meals meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations.
Family-style eating is encouraged, and children are given as much opportunity for self-help as possible. Children are not forced to eat foods but encouraged to try everything. Staff are sensitive to the individual eating patterns of each child, and they sit with the children during meals to model healthy eating habits.
We supply cereal and formula per USDA guidelines for infants, although parents may choose between using what the program provides or bringing their own. Teachers meet with parents regularly to update documentation regarding the new foods that they are introducing to their infants.
Once children begin eating solids, the program provides pureed fruits and veggies and transition your infant to regular table food when appropriate. Infants on formula or breast milk are fed on demand. Mothers wishing to breast feed their children are welcome to do so at any time.
Snack are designed within guidelines for a balance of foods and enough servings for each child. We encourage children to try all components of the snack, not to fill up on one item. Allergy requirements and religious preferences are always taken into account.
NECDC participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program:
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If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online athttp://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).
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