Here is an article I wrote for Parenting in Portland on nutrition in childcare centers.
Parents and Childcare: Working Together to Help Kids Eat Healthy
“Can I give her some Fruit Loops?”
I shook my head in disbelief and told the childcare provider, “No… she’s only nine months old.”
It was my daughter’s first day in childcare. I couldn’t believe the teacher was offering sugary, processed cereal to my baby girl. I couldn’t believe they would offer that to any child, of any age.
Despite paying a premium price for downtown childcare, I realized I couldn’t count on the quality of the food they served. For the next six months, I stayed up late, chopping finger foods to send with my daughter the next day. It was exhausting. After transferring her to a marginally better center, I gave up on the late-night food preparation and settled for “good enough.”
We constantly hear that parents should take responsibility and instill good eating habits in their…
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