Earthplace Preschool Policies and Procedures

Lunch box suggestions

Because many of our students eat lunch at school, the State of Connecticut has asked us to recommend a nutritious lunch for your children. We want to make lunch a happy, successful experience for your child. Over the years we have found that there are a few guidelines that help with this process:

Lunch Box Update: Previously we had asked that peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut products be banned from lunch boxes. We are extending this to include all sesame, nut, and tree nut products as well.

  • Please use an insulated lunch box with an ice pack. (The use of ice packs is a State regulation that must be adhered to.) Please do not send a plastic or paper bag.
  • Please send utensils and napkins with your child’s lunch each day.

So, what can I pack in my child's lunchbox?

Suggested foods:

Half a sandwich
Apples or oranges cut in sections
Applesauce cups
Chips or crackers in a baggy (a few works better than a whole bag of chips or crackers)
Cold cuts:  Rolled, on a sandwich, or cut into bite-size pieces according to each child's chewing and swallowing capability
Cookies (one or two; not a full bag)
Dry cereal
Juice boxes and small drinkable yogurts with straws
Drinks in a thermos
Yogurt in a cup with a spoon
Veggies (if carrots, sliced thinly)

Please remember to pack all items in ready-to-eat condition. For example, if your child likes to eat oranges in sections, peel the orange and divide it into sections before packing it. If he/she prefers bite-size pieces, please cut it up at home. Single-serving, ready-to-eat, child-appropriate portions in easy-to-open containers will give your child the opportunity to develop confidence through self-sufficiency.

Please ... no!
The following foods are either not developmentally appropriate for children to handle in a group situation and/or can pose a choking hazard: This is based on the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Almond butter
Carrots (unless sliced thinly)
Glass containers
Grapes (unless cut in half)
Hot dogs (unless cut lengthwise)
Large pieces of meat (unless cut into bite-size pieces)
Peanut butter
Nuts, Tree Nuts, or Sesame products
Peas - raw
Yogurt- squeezable

“Sippy” cups: We have found that preschool is a safe place to have children transition to using small cups. Many local speech therapists have advised us to promote using cups at school.