Nutrition (including allergies) & Student Assessment

School is a great time to introduce your student to healthy options and set great eating patterns for your child’s lifetime. We encourage you to partner with us in supporting an environment of nutrition education.

Snacks

A nutritious snack containing two food groups and water will be provided during each morning and afternoon session. We incorporate many cooking experiences into our curriculum and many times the children assist and making the snack. Our snack menus are a healthy, fresh and diverse selection of foods that are kid-friendly with an emphasis on nutrition education. The snack calendar is planned in accordance with the nutritional requirements set by the State of California as well as NAEYC and there is a rotation of different foods and food groups that are a part of a balanced nutrition education program. Snack menus are posted. Snacks may include;

  • Whole grain crackers and cheese
  • Whole grain pasta & tomato chunks
  • Rice cakes & banana
  • Edamame & string cheese
  • Cream cheese & whole wheat bagel
  • Pretzels & raisins
  • Vegetables and dip
  • Yogurt & fresh fruit
  • Quesadilla
  • Whole Grain Chips and Salsa
Lunch

For either the Speciality Enrichment Classes or Discovery Kid Zone (DKZ) parents are required to provide a lunch for their child daily. Foods cannot be reheated or refrigerated, so we ask that lunches are equipped with cold/ice pack and warm lunches are insulated with either a hot pack or thermos. Please provide a beverage in your student’s lunch. Please be sure that all lunch boxes and reusable containers are labeled with your student’s name. Please do not pack soda, candy or nut products.

 Nut-Free

Peñasquitos Christian Preschool strives to be a nut-free environment (see allergy policy).  Due to increasing occurrences of potentially fatal nut allergies in some children, we require that you abstain from bringing lunch or snack (or any food products) for yourself, for your child or for the class containing nut product(s) or product(s) made in a facility with nuts. In some cases, mere airborne exposure to nut products can lead to potentially fatal reactions. Some of these food products include but are not limited to:

  • Peanut butter crackers or sandwiches
  • Tail mix of granola with nuts or bags of nuts
  • Candy with nuts
  • Peanut butter cookies
  • Carrot cake with nuts
  • Almond butter or other nut butters
  • Nutella
  • Pesto
Food Allergy Policy

After extensive consultation and feedback over the years and due to the increasing number of students with life threatening food allergies, Peñasquitos Christian Preschool has adopted a food allergy policy.

We are a community and we all have responsibilities in regard to child safety. As teachers and administration, we will give careful attention to the health and comfort of students. As teachers we will ensure that all reasonable safety procedures are carried out in our programs and activities for which the teachers are responsible. And as a collective community, we have adopted an allergy and anaphylactic policy because we are all accessing PCP programs, classrooms and a shared space. If your child has food allergy please let us know and we would be happy to discuss how we can accommodate further.

Student Developmental Questionnaire Screening

Upon enrollment and periodically thereafter, Peñasquitos Christian Preschool will distribute a parent/student screening tool.

The Ages and Stages Questionnaires are parent-completed development and social-emotional screeners for young children.

The ASQ-3 is a developmental screener that evaluates communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social development. It can be used for infants up to children at age 5. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire takes 10–15 minutes to complete and 2–3 minutes to score, and has 30 items per questionnaire with 10 questions.

The ASQ:SE-2 is a social-emotional screener that evaluates 7 key areas including self-regulation, compliance, communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people. Periodically screen children ages 1–72 months to monitor progress and detect if there are social-emotional delays in development using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires.

Student Assessment

There are many reasons why children undergo assessments; among these is the desire to know how well children are learning, if they are making progress, meeting proficiency benchmarks and if they are being taught effectively. Data from  screening tools and assessments provide valuable information for planning whole-group and individualized instruction. These tools are helpful in determining program quality, and for communicating with others.

Assessment practices encompass a range of instruments and techniques including structured one-on-one child assessments, standardized assessments, portfolios, rating scales, and observation. Comprehensive assessment is based on information from multiple sources, including measures that provide different types of information. (End Excerpt from the ELORS Teacher’s Guide by Margaret Gillis, Ph.D., Tracey West, Ph.D., and Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D.)

Peñasquitos Christian Preschool uses screening tools as well as three different assessment tools serving students in the following ages/stages.

  • 24-36 months
  • 36-48 months
  • 48-60 months

Please follow the link below to review the early learning curriculum and development standards adapted for Peñasquitos Christian Preschool.

24-36 Months Early Learning Curriculum and Development Standards

36-48 Months Early Learning Curriculum and Development Standards

48-60 Months Early Learning Curriculum and Development Standards