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ERIC Number: ED485774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Exploring the Influence of the National School Lunch Program on Children Discussion Paper No. 1277-04
Dunifon, Rachel E.; Kowaleski-Jones, Lori
Institute for Research on Poverty
Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, 1998?1999 Kindergarten Cohort, the study examines two research questions: What are the effects of participation in the National School Lunch Program on changes in children?s behavior, test scores, and body weight? Do these effects differ by gender? To address issues of selection, we use first-difference regression techniques. These techniques reduce the bias resulting from unobserved time-invariant characteristics that influence a family?s enrollment in the National School Lunch Program. The results from this project provide insights into the role of the program in influencing child health, academic well-being, and social development. The current study examines how changes in children?s participation in the NSLP between kindergarten and first grade is associated with changes in key measures of child development.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: IRP-USDA Small Grants program
Authoring Institution: Institute for Research on Poverty
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A