ERIC Number: EJ1013550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Stakeholder Engagement for Successful Breakfast in the Classroom Implementation
Creighton, Lisa S.
Journal of School Health, v82 n11 p496-498 Nov 2012
Childhood hunger is one of the nation's most insidious problems and can have profound negative effects on children's health and development. Often the cause of hunger, food insecurity can limit a child's cognitive and socioemotional development, thereby impairing school achievement, and diminishing long-term productivity and economic potential. For many of these children, the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program supply much of the food they eat during the week. Given the benefits of school breakfast, it is clear that school districts should make every effort to ensure that students have the opportunity to receive breakfast. Seeking to increase the number of school districts participating in breakfast in the classroom, Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC), a consortium of 4 national organizations--National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN), Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), and National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF)--came together in early 2010 to pilot a new model of stakeholder engagement for the implementation of breakfast in the classroom in 5 high-need school districts. Participating school districts were Dallas Independent School District, Texas; Little Rock School District, Arkansas; Memphis City Schools, Tennessee; Orange County Public Schools, Florida; and Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland. This article describes how the PBIC pilot program used the engagement of multiple stakeholders to establish a successful and sustainable implementation of breakfast in the classroom.
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Participation, School Districts, Program Implementation, Pilot Projects, Partnerships in Education, Breakfast Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Florida; Maryland; Tennessee; Texas