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.
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.
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.