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Title 4 . Education and Early Development
Chapter 62 . (Repealed)
Section 460. Nutrition

4 AAC 62.460. Nutrition

(a) A child care facility shall ensure that all snacks and meals meet the child care food program requirements set out in 7 C.F.R. 226.20, revised as of January 1, 1995.

(b) In a child care center, menus, including snacks, must be planned in advance, be posted in an area open to visitors, and reflect actual food served.

(c) In a child care facility, food for a child's meals and snacks may be provided by the parent.

(d) A child care facility providing care for infants shall observe the following requirements for bottle feedings:

(1) bottle feedings may be prepared by the parent or the child care facility; however, if the child care facility prepares the bottle feedings, it shall consult with the parent to ensure consistency with the bottle feedings given at home;

(2) an infant must be fed on demand;

(3) a child on bottle feedings

(A) must either be held or fed sitting up or, if unable to sit up, always be held by a caregiver during the feeding; and

(B) may not be permitted to hold or carry its bottle at times other than the feeding; and

(4) bottles may not be propped for a child.

(e) A child care facility shall obtain information concerning any food allergies or special dietary needs of each child and shall plan that child's meals accordingly.

(f) Except for medical reasons, a child care facility may not deny a meal or snack to a child, force-feed a child, or otherwise coerce a child to eat against the child's will for any reason. Mere encouragement to eat without any element of compulsion is not prohibited.

History: Eff. 1/1/96, Register 136; am 3/1/98, Register 145

Authority: AS 14.37.020

Editor's note: A copy of the child care food program referred to in 4 AAC 62.460(a) may be obtained from the Department of Education and Early Development, 801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200, Juneau, AK 99801-1894.

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