Could someone listen to my story and offer a bit of advice? I don't know where else to turn for some support.
This past week was my daughter's first week in Preschool. The program is for 3, 4, and 5 year old's. The school is public and recieves grant money from our state, so there are no fees and free bus transportation too! Great, right....almost.
The class is from 12-3PM, Mon-Fri. The bus picks up my child at 11:05 AM and drops her off at home at 3:50 (we live in an adjacent town). The problem? I was informed there is no lunch served at school, but the kids will be offered a "nutritious snack" at 1:30, and we should feed our kids lunch before school. I tried to comply but my daughter gets up at 9 and doesn't want breakfast untill 9:30, she usually eats cereal (light eater 1st thing in AM). We have to leave for bus stop by 10:55, so I would have to offer her lunch by 10:30, an hour after her cereal.
Needless to say, she doesn't eat lunch before school, and by the time she gets home at 4, she is starving!!! So yesterday I packed a little lunchbag for her with a PBJ sandwich because the "nutritious snack" I found out was some apple sauce....she doesn't like or eat applesauce. The Director called me to inform me that was unacceptable, Ana cannot have a lunch because none of the other kids have a lunch and it is not fair. I spoke with other mothers, ALL of our kids are coming home hungry. We want a lunch time. We will provide the food, they only need to provide the time. The Director told me it isn't fair to the kids whose parents can't afford to bring them a sack lunch to do that.
WHAT!!!! Seriously, who can't afford to give their 3-4-or 5 yr old a PBJ sandwich!!!! I don't think it is SAFE for my child to go that long without food. Hypoglycemia, anyone?
I am so frustrated. She loves her school, but I am considering taking her out of program. I am in Nur. Sch. now and not working much, so my hubby & I can't afford a program at private school.
What should we do? Is it unhealty for the kids? I feel I have tried talking to Director, she assures me it is within State Board of Ed. guidelines, should I go further or pull Ana out?
By the way, the "nutritious snack" today was popsicles.