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Child Care and Head Start use the same menu's that consist of five (5) different menu cycles. Our menu was designed by the Head Start Administration, Cooks from all centers, FOOD PROGRAM, the dietitian from Indian Health Care Services and approved by Policy Council.
I was not personally involved in the actually planning of the Child Care/Head Start menu but, here are some of our strengths from the program; All meals are served family style, Children are served all the food groups that are required, portion sizes are served for breakfast, lunch and snack. Cooks make sure that all foods are cut up, as to not cause a choking hazard. Cooks are allowed to substitute if children required certain diet restrictions or have food allergies, these will be posted in the classroom (only for staff to see). Cooks will have them posted in the kitchen. Infants who use a bottle are always held during their feeding time, staff are responsible for keeping a feeding log. We do offer a private area if moms would like to come in breastfeed, or they can store their milk in the refrigerator in the classroom labeled with their name and date.
The only recommendation I would suggest to make to our current menu, is to see more of our traditional foods being offered in the classroom on a regular basis. Here are some suggestions; Bawi-Tepary Bean, Ha:l-O'odham Squash, Hu:n-O'odham 60 Day Corn, Ciolim-Cholla Cactus Buds, Bahidaj-Saguaro Cactus Fruit and I:ibhai-Prickley Pear Fruit.
Our toddler and infant rooms are designed for them to be able to explore their environments safety, have access to all toys, that are developmentally appropriate for their age range, to have supplies available for easy access to help assist with proper diaper changing procedures, staff support children with proper hand washing steps, some child care center's assist children with early tooth brushing habits, staff are always in close range of all children throughout the day, we support children's individualization goals within the weekly lesson plans, staff use observation notes to help achieve appropriate milestones for young, mobile infants, and toddlers.
Staff are encouraged to attend various trainings throughout the entire school year to support, educate and be up to date with information regarding the children in our care, which is 6 months to 36 months. We are required to have 40 training hours which include the domains of cognitive, social, emotional small, large muscles, safe and healthy environments. Child Care Administration has many resource books that we are allowed to check out. Internet is available at our sight, to support and gain activity ideas throughout the year, to help support families with important information on biting or the importance of their baby's brain development., these are just to name a few topics for parents. Some trainings are geared for staff on how to dealing with stress and taking care of our own health and safety needs as well.s