The principle objective of the USDA program is to provide comprehensive nutritional services to children. Federally funded and administered through the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the program operates at WSMCs Child Development centers. Participants receive breakfast, lunch and mid-morning and afternoon snacks. Menus are developed by a staff committee and reviewed by a certified nutritionist with feedback and recommendations from the parents. Center cooks are trained in food preparation and planning. A nutritionist processes nutritional health referrals and provides current nutritional information. Center staff teaches children the basics of sound nutritional habits, and assist parents in the preparation of nutritious family meals and snacks. Meals, served "homestyle", accommodate children with special dietary needs and are tailored to cultural preferences.