Nutrition

Nutrition services enhance a child’s wellbeing by supplementing and complementing those within the home and in the community. Consuming nutritious foods help children grow, develop, do well academically, and feel good about themselves. Good nutrition helps to prevent obesity, dental caries, and iron deficiency anemia. Programs assist families in meeting each child’s nutrition needs and establishing good eating habits that nurture healthy development and promote lifelong well-being.

Nutrition Needs Assessment

During the intake process, program staff must meet with parents/guardians and complete a nutrition assessment in COPA before the child can attend the program.

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1302.44 Child Nutrition

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Nutrition Standards

To provide nutrition expertise, ongoing guidance, consultation, in-service training, and evaluation in implementing the Delegate Agency nutrition program. To comply with Head Start Program Performance Standards, USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, State of Illinois DCFS, and City of Chicago licensing requirements that includes the Chicago Early Learning Manual and the City of Chicago Health Requirements for Child Care Centers.

Cooperative Agreement for Nutrition Services

This document is a template for a nutrition services cooperative agreement. Agencies may add their letterhead and adopt when partnering with nutrition providers.

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Milestones

Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)
  • Complete menus and nutrition program assessment, with parent input, and submit to governing body and agency management.
  • Complete nutrition services cooperative agreements and submit as required to CSD, governing body and agency management.
  • Complete updated nutrition assessments for returning children.
  • Cycle menus are approved, distributed, and posted.
  • CACFP contract is complete, approved, and submitted to (HS/EHS) governing body and agency management.
  • Plan physical/IMIL activities for the upcoming program year.
  • Complete a list of consultants assigned to sites and submit to your assigned support service coordinator.
  • Complete Cooperative Agreement for Nutrition Services.
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