Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care
- Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Child
- Facts about the Eat Smart Guidelines
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Why adopt the Eat Smart Guidelines?
The Guidelines challenge child care facilities to improve their meal service by following recommended standards that are above the minimum requirements.
- The Minimum level of the Eat Smart Guidelines is the same as the current US Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal pattern requirements and Missouri State Licensing requirements. All licensed child care facilities must at least meet the minimum level. This is not a level of recognition.
- The Intermediate level Guidelines are more healthful than the Minimum. This is the first level of recognition.
- The Advanced level Guidelines are more healthful than Intermediate. This is the highest level of recognition.
The Guidelines recommend menu improvements including:
- More whole grains
- More fruits and vegetables
- Less processed foods
- Lower fat milk
- Fewer sweets
- More variety of foods
The Guidelines also include environmental factors that relate to nutrition habits and meal service.
When a child care facility meets all the Guidelines at either the Intermediate or Advanced level, it can apply to be recognized as an "Eat Smart Child Care."
Click here for Eat Smart Child Care application forms.
- To help prevent childhood obesity
- To show you care about the health of the children in your care
- To attract parents who care about the food their kids eat while away from home
- To be recognized with:
- A certificate and banner announcing your achievement as an Eat Smart Child Care
- Menu templates that include the Eat Smart logo
- A sample press release for the local paper announcing your achievement
- A parent letter to let parents know what you are doing for their child’s health
- The right to use the Eat Smart logo on your website and publications