CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
[Filed May 13, 2020, 1:59 p.m., effective June 13, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Foundational quality standards for early learning programs: Require an early learning program licensed under chapter 43.216
RCW to provide meals, snacks, and beverages in accordance with standards developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Also require a fruit or vegetable serving to be included in at least one snack that an early learning program serves each day. The fruit or vegetable serving may be counted as one of the two USDA-required components of a snack or be served in addition to the snack.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 110-300-0185.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 20-08-114 on March 31, 2020.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: May 13, 2020.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-15-001, filed 7/5/18, effective 7/5/18)
WAC 110-300-0185Menus, milk, and food.
To ensure proper nutrition of children in care, an early learning provider must comply with the child nutrition requirements described in this section.
(1) Meals, snack foods, and beverages provided to children in care must comply with the requirements contained in the most current edition of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) standards, or the USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program standards.
(a) An early learning provider must supply dated menus.
(b) Food and beverage substitutions to a scheduled menu must be of equal nutritional value.
(c) An early learning provider must only serve water, unflavored milk or one hundred percent fruit or vegetable juice.
(d) An early learning provider must limit the consumption of one hundred percent fruit juice to no more than four to six ounces per day for children between one and six years old, and eight to twelve ounces per day for children seven through twelve years old.
(2) An early learning provider must serve a fruit or vegetable ((as one of the two required components)) during at least one snack per day. The fruit and vegetable serving may count as one of the two required snack components or as a third snack component.