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By: Lisa

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:45:37 +0000

My daughter's school informed me of this issue this morning. They are trying to obtain NAECYE certification. Since this was posted in 2010 has anything else occurred or what did your child care do? Thank you!



By: Melinda

Sat, 08 May 2010 21:35:53 +0000

I am a registered dietitian with food safety and food science education in my background. I find this idea just ridiculous! I already find many of the restrictions on food 'over the top'. I know it is to prevent businesses from having lawsuits, but they could have parents sign wavers as suggested. Food does not usually collect enough bacteria if it is left out for less than an hour anyway. It seems that if a parent sent homemade food to daycare with a child, they could do so in an insulated bag and when it reached the daycare center it could be immediately refrigerated. These laws all too often are made to fit highly unlikely situations, however, I am sure some daycare centers are not so careful with food and some parents are not either. Unfortunate. My only worry in this case is the daycare not refrigerating the food as they should. Which in this case, they would and should be liable.



By: Christine

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:02:04 +0000

Thank you Bright Horizons for leaving your comment - whilst we understand that it was intended for the person who originally let us know about this situation, we have published it so that other parents who need to address this issue with you are able to do so.



By: Bright Horizons

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:44:04 +0000

Hello! I am a customer service specialist from Bright Horizons and wanted to follow up with you regarding the situation you encountered at your center regarding homemade food. I'm interested in learning more about the situation so that we can assist you and your particular center. Please feel free to contact me at communities@brighthorizons.com. I look forward to hearing from you!



By: Christine

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 01:01:49 +0000

You're welcome, Erika - and I think these comments have raised some very interesting points that we will be bringing to the attention of the NAEYC in a further message. We'd certainly be interested to find out how daycare centers will be expected to deal with sensitivities/allergies, where dietary choices will be severely limited.



By: Erika

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:52:32 +0000

This is ridiculous. As the mom to a baby with food sensitivities, there would be almost no foods that meet these criteria! My baby would be faced with having to switch from her healthy and varied homemade diet to an incredibly restricted diet composed of those very few commercial options that meet her needs. That's not progress! Thanks for highlighting this issue, and giving us the info needed to comment.



By: Jennifer

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:45:03 +0000

This sounds like a concession to lobbyist for baby food manufacturers. It probably has very little to do with food safety. I don't use daycare, but it still makes me angry. When our babies enter school in 3-5 years will they have expanded this law and tell us that we can't pack homemade lunches for them then?



By: Christine

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:00:25 +0000

I thought that too when I first visited the relevant webpage - but when you continue down the page you will see standard 5.B10, which is the one applying to all infant food (rather than shared).



By: Monica

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 05:18:48 +0000

I went to the NAEYC website to comment, and think this may be a misinterpretation of the criterion. The way I read it our ability to make homemade baby food for our infants is not at risk! From the website, the statement seems to pertain to food that is to be SHARED among children, not food you make for your own child. So you couldn't bake cupcakes for the classroom, but making food for your own child doesn't seem to be an issue. Below is the exact text as copied from the NAEYC website: ========== e. Food that comes from home for sharing among the children must be either whole fruits or commercially prepared packaged foods in factory-sealed containers. (This indicator only is an Emerging Practice.) ========



By: Jennifer

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:46:10 +0000

This is totally crazy. This body accredits the preschool that I'm considering sending my toddler too. It's not really clear what food it applies to, only pureed foods? Or would I be required to send pre-packaged foods like Gerber Graduates for my 2 year old. This doesn't make any sense. The USDA says that food is safe a room temperatures for 2 hours, even if food were transported without refrigeration or ice pack almost all people would get it there under those limits. I hate when common sense can't be applied. Was this rule created because babies were getting sick? Or because rule-makers were thinking up new rules?