FOOD & NUTRITION AT LEAP ACADEMY CHILD CARE

At Leap Academy we provide a whole-foods nutrition program. Everyday we prepare foods that come from the ground with no added sugar. Our curriculum includes cooking lessons and nutritional education with our Nutritional Coordinator, Chef Tiffany Reineck. We provide a large variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lean meats. See some of our recipes below!

From an early age, our children are intimately involved in their meals.  We aim to help them learn to serve themselves and discover tastes and healthy foods.

child eating lunch at the table

Many of our components are made with healthy ingredients.  Pictured here is whole fat plain yogurt with agave syrup and cinnamon.  

mixing bowl of yogurt

Our gardening program is a hands-on experience for our kiddos. They plant the seeds, water the plants, watch them grow, and harvest them to cook with. We are able to teach many math and science concepts through this practice, such as what a plant needs to grow, the life cycle of a plant, and comparison of size. The children's active participation and excitement also increases participation in trying new vegetables and fruits.

garden at leap academy

Chef Tiffany cooks all of our food onsite.  She makes meals that are engaging and healthy.

chef tiffany mixing food

This is our famous spaghetti pizza. It's loaded with hidden lentils, tomatoes, and carrots. This pizza is baked from scratch-down to the tomato sauce!

spaghetti pizza

"My son has been going to Leap Academy for three years and we absolutely love the facility! They work above and beyond to make sure your child is given the care they deserve and that you as a parent know what is going on day in and day out. The staff is friendly and the amount of knowledge my son has gained in these years is exceptional. I am due with my second child in a few weeks and she will also be attending Leap Academy."

- Laura K., Parent

"We were so fortunate to find Leap Academy and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a safe, clean, caring and child-focused daycare and school. From the very first day I met the Director and teachers...I knew we found a daycare we could trust. The teachers have a true passion for their careers and are invested in every child. They are excellent at communication which is so important! We get weekly lesson plans, as well as daily notes on his meals, naps, diapers and his favorite activity. Their meals are nutritious, thoughtfully planned and my son frequently asks for seconds!."

- Sarah N.., Parent

"Leap Academy is a wonderful daycare/Pre-K provider!  Staff are engaging and welcoming, the nutrition program is unmatched, and overall, it is an amazing place for little ones to spend their days.  Highly recommend!"

Jaci V., Parent

"Our daughter loves going to Leap for 4K.  Ms Jes and Ms Kayla are awesome. They are very enthusiastic and full of energy.  We love the activities they have at night for parents to come and watch the kids do fun things."

Chris M., Parent

"My children started with Leap Academy shortly after Maria and her team took over several years ago; we have not regretted our choice for a minute!  From the nutritious food to the exemplary 4k program to the caring, long term teachers, I cannot recommend Leap Academy enough."

Katherine M., Parent

"Maria and her staff are amazing.  Their ability to work with each child individually is unparalleled.  Having utilized several other centers in the area, we feel there is no better place for our kiddos."

Matt K., Parent

"The culture that had been built at Leap is one of holistic development and open arms. Teachers spend so much time getting to know each of the kids individually and understand their personalities, talents, and needs. The teachers' connections with the kids allow them to create lessons and activities that really contribute to their intellectual development and social preparation for school. Additionally, the meals served to the kids are consistently healthy and delicious- the full-time kitchen staff takes it upon themselves to provide nutritious food for the kids, while frequently mixing in variety and new meals. Leap's approach of developing and uplifting children mind, body, and heart is extremely effective, and something I have not experienced at any other school or childcare center I have ever been to."

Tristan W., Parent

"Couldn't be happier with Leap Academy.   All of the teachers are extremely nice and take great care of our children. Ms Jes & Ms Kayla do a tremendous job with the 4K program."

Shauna S., Parent

"Our son loves his teachers and the healthy food the school provides. This is a great school!"

Kimberly H., Parent

"My child is in the Afternoon 4k class with Ms. Kayla and Mrs. Jess. These teachers have helped my child grow so much this last 6 months.  I plan on sending her sister to the same 4k program at Leap next year."

Meta L., Parent