Healthy Food Matters

We know that children are most ready to learn, play, and grow when they are well nourished. Part of being a healthy child care center is creating nutritious childhood eating habits for a lifetime of good health.

Studies have shown that organic milk (free from hormones such as Cargeneen, GMOs, and antibiotics) is a great choice for growing bodies. Bright & Early serves organic milk with lunch and with at least one snack per day. Bright & Early is mindful to serve whole foods instead of processed foods, whole grains, and ‘no sugar added’ choices. With good food for fuel, our children are ready for a full day of fun and play. Bright & Early works with our Nutrition Consultant, Dr. Jenn Krebs Rapkin, to create and assess our healthy snack menus that are healthy and tasty.

Mealtime is also a valuable opportunity for children to speak with their friends, practice self-help skills, and make healthy choices. Teachers encourage subjects of conversation and role-model interactive behaviors.

Menu items served:

  • ORGANIC MILK – free of added hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs
  • DAIRY PROTEINS – yogurt, cheese
  • FRESH FRUITS – bananas, apple slices
  • FRUIT CUPS/APPLESAUCE – in natural juice, no added sugar
  • WHOLE GRAINS – cereal, cereal bars, crackers

Dr. Jenn Krebs Rapkin

A licensed naturopathic physician in private practice for over a decade, Dr. Jenn Krebs Rapkin trained, and now teaches, at University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. She developed and currently practices her own specialized Narrative Body Therapy and is the founder of A Mind-Body Practice, the only naturopathic medical practice in Connecticut to specialize in holistic and integrative mental health. Dr. Rapkin writes regularly on the topics of health, wellness and mindfulness in her two blogs, The Mind-Body Blog and The Mommy Tune-up.

Dr. Rapkin is also the mom of two young children and is committed to promoting and establishing healthy nutritional habits early in life.