GOAL

To improve the health and nutrition of children in our program by promoting healthy eating habits and nutritional education.


Nutritional Education: Early experiences with food are very important in forming life-long attitudes that affect health and well being. Children have much to learn about foods, eating and nutrition. They are not born with the ability to choose a nutritious diet. Their food habits are learned through experience. Therefore, children should be taught positive health practices early in life.


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Jackie Meineke, Nutrition Manager

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Cooking Experience

The preparation of food is an important experience for children. It has an immediate appeal to all the senses. It arouses curiosity and allow experience in observing, experimenting and discovering foods for themselves. It introduces them to foods they have not tried before and encourages learning about textures, odors, tastes and consistencies. Also, most children are very eager to eat what they’ve prepared so this helps to introduce them to new foods!

Browning Montana - Heart of the Blackfeet Nation


Early experiences with food are very important in forming life-long attitudes that affect health and well being. Nutrition will be incorporated into the classroom learning environment.
All children will assist in preparation of meals and snacks.
A Blackfeet nutrition curriculum shall be used.
Teachers and parents shall be notified of any nutritional related problems and referred to appropriate agencies. (IHS)
Nutritionist will provide in-service training for Head Start staff and parents regarding procedures for children with nutritional needs.
The Head Start cooks will be informed of special food needs and shall adjust that child’s food accordingly.
The cooks will prepare appropriate quantities of food according to center’s daily attendance and according to ACYF standards.
Food is not used as a punishment or a reward. Children are encouraged but not forced to eat or taste various foods.
Head Start children participate in learning activities in selection and enjoyment of nutritious foods.
Learning activities are field trips, tasting parties, food preparation, planting and growing food, reading stories about food and role playing.

Blackfeet Early Childhood Center in Browning, Montana