August 2011 Newletter
Dates to Remember
June checks are scheduled for July 29, 2011.
June second claim checks - August 12, 2011.
July forms are due in the office on August 5, 2011, by 9:00AM.
Infant Formula Form
The iron-fortified formula name offered by the provider must now be indicated on the manual formula statement. A new form is available on our website www.firststeptonutrition.com for you to print. If a parent supplies the formula, both the formula offered by the provider and the formula supplied by the parent must be indicated on the form. Online provders must complete the formula name offered by the provder in the box above the parent supplied formula name when you are enrolling a new child in the system.
Meal Time Change Policy
Effective immediately the \"15 minute reasonable time frame\" before the start of a meal is no longer allowable. You may start and finish your meal any time within your approved start/end times. Infants are exempt from this rule and are to be fed at different times daily according to their needs. The infant meal is to be recorded in the closest approved meal time.
Fluid Milk as Part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
To meet the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, low-fat (1%) and fat-free (skim) fluid milk are now required to be served to children two years of age and older. With this change, whole milk and reduced-fat (2%) milk may not be served to children two years of age and older. The requirement related to milk or food substituions for a child who has medical disability and who submits a medical statement signed by a licensed physician remain unchanged.
New Child Care Resource Website
Minute Menu has launched a brand new free child care community and resource website, ChildCareInfo.com! Highlights of the website include: Child Care Classifieds/Exchanges, Recipes, Network with peers in the child care industry, Forums with Tom Copeland, Free web resources. Explore and have fun!
Keep Traditions Alive
Strengthen your family connections by reaching out to your relatives wherever they may be. One way to forge a stronger family identity is to host a picnic reunion and invite your relatives. Make a special dish from a recipe handed down from previous generations. Before the day is over, make certain that each family gets a copy of that treasured recipe. Encourage them to pass it along to their children and grandchildren.
Your effort creates a tangible link to the past, encourages a celebration of your shared identity, calls up memories of past eras and perahps historical events, and strengthens family bonds. Those beloved relatives who made that dish perhaps even centuries before you have long since gone, but you can remember them whenever you make it!
(From 365 Ways to Live Happy, Meera Lester)