Accommodating Special Diets in Child Care

Girl eating cheese and salami

Some children in child care have special dietary requirements. Food allergies, cultural and religious preferences, and vegetarian diets are common issues in a child care program. Child care providers, center directors, and parents need to work together in order to ensure that children with special dietary needs receive appropriate foods.

Talk with Parents about Special Dietary Needs

Planning to accommodate a child’s special dietary needs should begin before that child is enrolled in the child care program. The program director …