Food Safety

The person in charge of Food Safety must have Certification in Food Protection. Food must be properly stored at correct temperatures (for most foods less than 41 degrees or above 110 degrees. Dishes and utensils must be properly cleaned, sanitized, or disposed. Food must not be re-used or re-heated. Expired food must be thrown away immediately. Counters and sinks must be sanitized before and after food preparation and at the end of the day.

Maple Street follows naeyc’s cleaning and sanitation frequency table:

Hands must be washed and gloved before food preparation.

Staff must be excluded with a communicable disease to protect children from illness, and food borne pathogens.

The Maple Street School does not prepare meals. A healthy snack is provided in the morning and is called Café. Snacks are also provided in the extended hours. Please refer to our Café sheet for more information about Café. Maple Street prepares written Café s and afterschool snack menus, posts them where families can see them, and has copies available for families. Menus are kept for review by consultant.

Choking and foods prohibited: Staff do not offer children younger than four years old these foods: hot dogs, whole or sliced into rounds, whole grapes, nuts, popcorn, raw peas, and hard pretzels, spoonfuls of peanut butter (or other butters with the same consistency), chunks of raw carrots, or meat larger than can be swallowed whole.

Staff cut food into pieces no larger than ½ square inch for toddler/twos according to each child’s chewing and swallowing capability.

  1. Parents and or Caregivers are responsible for bringing nutritional, wholesome lunches. Guidelines can be found at
  2. Children may not have more than 6 ounces of juice a day. Juice must 100% juice. Beverages with added sweeteners must not be provided to children. The Maple Street School does not serve juice, only water, with the exception of cooking/science projects such as juicing.
  3. Lunches and milk that need refrigeration must be refrigerated below 41 degrees.
  4. Trans fats are prohibited.
  5. Water shall be available to children throughout the day including meals.
  6. Styrofoam cups are discouraged and prohibited for children under age 3.
  7. Children at Maple Street do not use bottles without a doctor’s/prescriber’s note. Sippy cups (and regular cups) must be labeled with a child’s full name, and cannot be used while walking.
  8. If a child has a disability/medical condition with special feeding needs (not allergies only), program staff keep a daily record of type and quantity of food consumed. This information is shared daily with families.

Snack Meal/Times

Café Time: 9:00-9:30
Lunch: 12:00-12:45
Extended Day Snack: 3:30pm (and 5:30pm when children are hungry)