Delaware Daycare Lunch Nazi legislation under fire

Lawmakers push to bag lunch regulations for day care centers Written by DOUG DENISON The News Journal

A bill authored by Rep. John Kowalko aims to roll back regulations that require day care center operators to make sure all food served to children under their care meets state nutritional standards.

Day care centers are required to check lunches packed by parents and replace foods that don’t meet the standards, then send those items home with a note reminding parents of the requirements, which prohibit items like processed cheese and sugary cereal.

“Is this where government is overstepping?” Johnson asked. “The same standard isn’t applied to public schools.”

Interesting! I wonder if this bill is defeated will the next move be Lunch Nazis at public schools checking for Cheetos at the front door? Thank God the federal government proclaimed pizza as a vegetable or else Newark Charter’s lunch program would be shutdown.

 

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9 Responses

  1. I’m sure Kowalko is involved in opposing this – his wife is a daycare provider and apparently cried to Markell at a meeting that this wasn’t fair to her – so her husband is jumping up to save the day – as far as I can see everything Kowalko does is for the minority rather than the majority of his constituents.

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  2. Retro,
    You have no clue what motivates him. You on the other hand, pretty easy to tell….

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  3. No secret about his wife’s daycare which is noted in the NJ article. However the law is not fair to any daycare and what difference does it make! One the child enters public kindergarten at age 5 the law doesn’t follow them. It’s amazing the state legislators allow public school to be built without cafeterias and concern themselves with what a mother of a three year old packs in their lunch. It’s nothing more than a feel good law!

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  4. DDC,
    When your crusade against NCS is over(today), maybe you and Kowalko can spend some quality time discussing how to make the CSD more desirable to taxpayers. You have until November, Kowalko will be gone soon after.

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  5. Bob,
    To your point about improving CSD,
    this may be of interest…
    The North Penn School District, RAISED student
    achievement scores AND lowered taxes five years
    in a row and became the first recipient of the
    PA State Quality Award.

    They deployed the lessons being learned from
    continuous improvement model schools similar to
    what was achieved in the Milford Schools in 2000.

    Again, I raise the question: What barriers need to
    be removed to allow this to expand out of the Milford
    model?

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  6. Oh, NOW the food police have gone too far. Really? Why?

    Two state reps run day care centers wearing dings from the feds (whose Plunge to the Bottom funds, among others, they gladly scoop up) for *God forbid* letting kids eat the lunches their evil, incompetent mothers packed.

    Uh, oh.

    It’s fine if it’s the little people getting gored by the federal behemoth, but, hey, wink, wink, we’re part of the machine. NOW we need to exempt Delaware. Oh, really.

    Or we could just remove the kids from their mothers altogether. Why not try that?

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  7. One the child enters public kindergarten at age 5 the law doesn’t follow them. It’s amazing the state legislators allow public school to be built without cafeterias and concern themselves with what a mother of a three year old packs in their lunch. It’s nothing more than a feel good law!

    Which one? ;) Amazing

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  8. I used to work in a day care. They served whatever they wanted and if they were going to be inspected, they would adhere to their ‘accepted planned menu’ for that week. They were a horrible daycare. (I lasted about 2 months there) Workers would call the state on them for violations. The inspectors always called first before coming out. Then I had a home daycare and the inspector always called before coming. I asked her whats the point of an inspection and wouldn’t it serve better if it were a surprise? She said they were always short staffed and couldn’t waste time coming to a daycare because they could show up to an empty house or center if they were on a field trip or something. She said they rarely do surprise inspections but ‘try’ to. Daycares can get away with a lot!! Maybe things like that could be monitored instead of monitoring cookie intake.

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  9. Ha- the biggest issue I had with my son’s former daycare was the crap food they served. Always juice and cookies for snacks, and juice with meals, and they never watered it down. Never fruit or veggies or (god forbid) water. We were allowed to send food when they were babies, but once they were eating “table foods” we were supposed to buy lunches from the school. Once I saw the white bread and bologna sandwiches and grape jelly sandwiches I said no way and luckily enough other parents were complaining at the same time that they changed their policy so we could send meals with our kids.

    In any case, I agree that inspecting home-packed lunches is too big brothery for my taste. If someone’s parents are regularly failing to provide a lunch/buy a lunch for their child, that’s a different issue. But if a parent chooses to provide their child’s food, that’s that.

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