JCEO’s Head Start nutrition component provides and promotes nutritious eating and healthy habits to the children in our care. Meals provided account for two thirds of the child’s daily nutritional needs. Children receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Parents, Head Start staff and community partner’s work together to ensure that children learn good eating and physical activity habits that will support their growth and long-term well-being.
Staff works together with participating families to identify the nutritional requirements of each child. This helps the program and the parents learn what each child needs based on the height and weight of the child, cultural preferences, allergies, health problems and disabilities. Parents are educated and empowered to make healthy choices for themselves and their children. Education Staff integrate nutrition activities and discussions as part of their daily lesson plan.
Nutrition assessment and counseling services are offered to Head Start families under the direction of a contracted Registered Dietitian. Nutrition counseling services are offered to parents of any child at nutritional risk. This includes children who require any therapeutic diet or are underweight, overweight or anemic. Monthly nutrition information about healthy eating, resources and low-cost recipes are sent home.
The “I am Moving, I am Learning” curriculum has been implemented to promotes enhanced physical activity in the Head Start classrooms and children’s homes, as well as healthier food choices.
JCEO Head Start receives funding from the USDA and all meals served are in compliance with federal requirements.