Healthy Beverage Standards
All licensed child care providers in California must comply with the following nutrition standards for beverages:
- Serve no beverages with added sweeteners, natural or artificial.
- Limit juice to no more than one serving of 100 percent juice per day.
- Serve only fat-free or low-fat (1%) unsweetened, plain milk to children two years of age or older.
- Make drinking water accessible and available throughout the day, especially at meal and snack times.
These standards are the result of AB 2084, which went into effect on January 1, 2012. They are also consistent with recent changes at the federal level, from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which created healthy beverage requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). USDA directed child care providers to make water available to children no later than October 1, 2011. Federal requirements for all foods and beverages served in child care are expected later in 2012.
To read AB 2084, click here.