Children should bring a labelled water bottle from home in order to track the amount of your child's water intake. Teachers will encourage children to drink water throughout the day, and make water accessible at all times.
Lunches must be packed from home. We recommend that parents use small reusable, well sealing containers for both food and drinks. Disposable drink containers are often left unfinished, and there is no way to send it home without mess. We will always have children start with their healthiest food before allowing them to eat "snacks". Please try to pack healthy, appropriate sized lunches. We discourage the inclusion of candy and soda. Boulder County Health Department recommends sending children with a water bottle as their only liquids for the day. All leftovers will be returned at the end of the day so parents can monitor food consumption unless teachers are requested to do otherwise. We will not serve Gatorade or Pedialyte drinks to children as it has been shown they can cause kidney damage if consumed in excess.
We are happy to have children celebrate their birthday at school. Please contact one of the teachers to make arrangements a week or so in advance. We would like to suggest non-food based celebrations for the children at school such as donating a favorite book to the school to be read on the day, or donating outdoor activity supplies. Children are welcome to bring in a favorite fruit or commercially prepared snack to share from home; however, due to Boulder County Health Department regulations, home baked goods can no longer be brought in and shared. Teachers will joyously celebrate any child's life. If your child's birthday does not fall within the school year, we celebrate "un-birthdays"; this is where children can choose a day to honor their life during the school year.
Families also ask how they may celebrate their child's birthday at the Children's Center. We suggest a variety of options. Some families bring a treat bag to send home with each child. If you choose to send home a treat bag, we encourage you to make it a nonfood treat such as pencils, crayons or stickers. Other families prefer to bring a snack to share with their child's class. We have found cupcakes are not a good choice since they often lick off the icing and throw the cupcake away, and it is not a healthy choice. This healthy snack should be similar to what you will find on our snack menu, such as vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers. Think about your child's favorite healthy snack. Any time you want to share a snack with your child's class please talk to the head teacher for the number in attendance on the day you want to bring the snack as well as any allergies. Please let the coordinator know the date you are bringing in snack and what snack you will share with the class. All food items must be in the original, unopened container with the ingredients list and expiration date.And today a parent showed up with cupcakes for a birthday treat without talking to me or the teacher.