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NOCAC Child Development ensures that nutritional services in center and home-based settings contribute to the development and socialization of enrolled children by providing developmentally appropriate opportunities for the involvement of children in food-related activities.


  1. Food Cards
    1. Classroom teaching staff will discuss the menu with children each day by showing the pictures that correspond with the days’ meals/snacks.
    2. Suggestions on how to implement
      1. Post it on the wall and point it out to the children each day when they come in the door
      2. Lay food pictures out at the table and discuss while they are doing table work such as writing their name
      3. Have someone be the lunch/meal person as a job
      4. Let the child discuss what he/she knows about the different foods
        1. Talking Points
          1. Where does it come from? – meat/produce/grain
          2. Produce – does it grow in the ground? – lettuce/carrots or does it grow on a tree?
    3. Chef Combo, Choosey or any other puppet may be used.
    4. Each classroom is provided a set of cards that correspond with center or school menus. The Health/Safety Assistant updates the cards annually.
    5. If additional supplies are needed, contact the Health/Safety Assistant.
  2. Cooking Experiences
    1. Staff will refer to the Cooking Experience Policy for further guidance.
  3. Other nutrition education activities may include but are not limited to food experiences, books, puzzles, games, puppets and media. These activities will be incorporated into the lesson plan.
  4. NOCAC Head Start’s nutrition education topics include, but are not limited to (Early Head Start needs to post snack/meal for socializations):
    1. Manners
    2. Hand washing and hygiene
    3. Where food comes from
    4. Colors, shapes, and texture of food
    5. Food safety and nutrition

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1304.22
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    


Effective Date:   8/7/17 Reviewed Date:   9/30/20
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council: