Arkansas Arkansas

Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

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  1. The center shall ensure that lunch is served to each child.

  1. The lunch and evening meals shall each include 1/3 of the minimum daily nutrition requirements from each of the four basic food groups. If sack lunches are utilized, the facility shall ensure that these also meet 1/3 of the minimum daily nutrition requirements. Milk shall be served to each child during the day. Exceptions may be made for children who suffer allergies to milk.

  1. Breakfast shall be made available for children who arrive before 7:00 a.m. Breakfast may be served to all children rather than a morning snack provided there is no more than 3 hours between breakfast and lunch.

  1. Meals shall be served at tables. All food service surfaces shall be kept sanitary.

  1. Food and drinks which are not available to the children shall not be consumed by staff in the children's presence.

  1. Mid-morning snacks or breakfast, and mid-afternoon snacks of nutritional value shall be provided for all children.

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