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HUNTINGTON - It's time to eat at So Social LLC, a drop-in, Montessori-inspired child care center on 6th Avenue. A bell rings. The tiny children, mostly toddlers, look up expectantly. They know what to do next.

They head over to the reachable drawer where they get their own placemats and tiny cups, which are not sippy cups. They carry them to a 13-inch-tall table and set them down at their place. Then they go back, and each gets a saucer and a spoon. They take turns washing hands, and then the two teachers serve up beans, cornbread and some cut-up veggies and fruit, telling the children they're free to try the foods and whatever they don't want, they're free to leave on their plates.

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