First of all, a fruit cup is NOT dessert. It is a food as same as meat, veggies, pasta. Just because it is sweet does NOT mean it should be viewed as a treat (dessert). And NAEYC and the if the center is involved in the US federal food program to pay for meals food can NEVER be used as a reward or punishment. OK, I bend a bit myself on the reward part. Like when I have a "intruder alert' drill. Try keeping 20 4 yr olds quiet for 5+ minutes while we are hiding in a corner of the room, the kids deserve something to keep their mouths busy. I throw literacy in "If you give a mouse a cookie' story. and try to be verrrry quiet chewing the cookie, like a mouse. But never withold food for punishment. There may be something going on in the home, and punishing a child for food issues only will make matters worse. How degrading. The one thing I find as bad is when teachers make kids stand to eat when they are rocking in the chair. Come on, we are to 'teach' and to 'teach in a respectful manner',
pre K teacher of 15 yrs
AGAIN PEOPLE, FRUIT IS NOT A DESSERT .
to add on, why are they requiring children to eat all off a plate?? I hate brussel sprouts, greens, and pears. And I rarely eat meat. Do I have to eat them to get my dessert ?? now who is sounding foolish ??