Hi All, I just started looking out for a preschool for my kid. The few places I have checked out require us to send lunch but they provide their own snacks. However the snack options included treats everyday (both morning and afternoon snack): graham crackers, fruit loops, life cereal, sweetened yogurt, etc along with fruits. Usual snacks at our home are fresh fruits/dry fruits, nuts, snacking veggies (cucumber, cherry tomatoes), cheese occasionally - so I was really surprised that most schools seemed to think it's ok to snack on these treats on a daily basis. One school said they will provide milk and juice for lunch to accompany what they take from home. Store-bought juices are also a treat at our place - irrespective of organic/not-from-concetrate/etc. We usually resort to it only when we are on the go and dont have other options. Our LO can happily push meal time by 2 hours with single juice serving. On a tour to one of the really good schools in our neighborhood, I noticed that they said fruit and life-cereal on the menu. The teacher went around the snack table and served the kids on a piece of tissue paper (!) - a single diced piece of fruit and a big mound of cereal dumped next to fruit. Ofcourse with the sugary sweetness of the cereal, one can guess that the little kids will eat the cereal and leave behind the fruit (which is probably why the teachers serve them such a tiny piece of fruit anyway)? My question: Is this the normal type of snacks served in preschools in the US ? Or do I just keep looking for a better preschool? I thought schools that put in so much planning in to curriculum would choose better snacks. One of the schools said we can send our own snacks - however I would hesitate to do that given that all kids were eating their snacks. It seems purely-mean to get my kid to watch everyone eating a treat and have them munch on cucumber. Wouldn't want to do that to LO However, if the policy was everyone bring their own snacks - that would be perfect for us.