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ERIC Number: ED553235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug-16
Pages: 52
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Nutrition and Cognitive Achievement: An Evaluation of the School Breakfast Program. IRP Discussion Paper No. 1402-12
Frisvold, David E.
Institute for Research on Poverty
This paper investigates the impact of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) on cognitive achievement. The SBP is a federal entitlement program that offers breakfast to any student, including free breakfast for any low-income student, who attends a school that participates in the program. To increase the availability of the SBP, many states mandate that schools participate in the program if the percent of free or reduced-price eligible students in a school exceeds a specific threshold. Using the details of these mandates as a source of identifying variation, I find that the availability of the program increases student achievement. Supplemental figures and tables are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); Emory Global Health Institute
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey; National Assessment of Educational Progress
Grant or Contract Numbers: R03HD067490