RMSER offers a variety of nutrition services to our children and their families enrolled in RMSER programs.
Through the USDA-sponsored Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), we provide well-balanced meals and snacks to help children meet their daily energy and nutrient needs.
RMSER Early Learning Centers are proud to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through the USDA. We serve two meals and one snack to everyday to each child at no cost to families. We see food as fuel for growing minds and bodies as well as a learning opportunity. By introducing children to a variety of nutritious foods and encouraging exploration, children establish a foundation for healthy eating habits and food choices.
Family style meal service is used at RMSER Early Learning Centers. Children will be offered and serve themselves all menu items from the bowls, platters, baskets, and/or pitchers provided. The children are encouraged to taste all foods, but they are never forced to eat anything they do not want. One goal of the program is to introduce the children to a wide variety of foods.
Teachers and guests in the classroom will serve themselves in the same manner and model the behavior that is expected at the dining table. Adults and preschool aged children will receive the same portion sizes. Teachers will sit with children during meal times, model appropriate servings, dining behavior, and initiate conversations similar to a home setting.
The menus follow the approved and accredited foods by USDA and CACFP. RMSER ensures meals are nutritious, attractive and tasty at the same time providing 2/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowance for nutrients for preschoolers.
Parents and other family members are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom. If you or a member of the child's family will be participating in classroom dining with us, please notify your child’s teacher at least 24 hours in advance as to ensure enough food is prepared. We look forward to seeing you at the table!
Delicious and nutritious meals for our children start with a variety of fresh, whole foods. Prepared daily by our in-house nutrition staff, our meals and snacks incorporate:
Exploring new foods and developing health eating habits is a fun and inclusive experience at RMSER Early Learning Centers. Our children are encouraged to try new foods, express themselves, and become less picky eaters. Nutrition activities in our curriculum teach children about where the food comes from and what it grows on. Children participate in preparing their snacks, practice hand washing and dental hygiene routines, and help with clean up. We help children become excited about healthy food that’s delicious too!