Should school breakfast be served in the classroom?



Recent studies have shown that serving breakfast in the classroom has a positive impact on students' health and academic achievement and can save school districts money. Experts discuss the research linking Breakfast in the Classroom to improved attendance and academic performance, as well as the cost-effectiveness of the program. Hear about this important research by watching this video.

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This video features the following experts:

  • Dr. Amy Schwartz. Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics. New York University.

  • Dr. Adriana Kugler. Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor of Public Policy. Georgetown University.

  • Dr. Charles E Basch. Professor of Health and Education. Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Articles referenced in this video include:

1. Basch CE. Breakfast and the achievement gap among urban minority youth. J Sch Health. 2011;81(10):635-640.

2. Baxter SD, Devlin CM, Finney CJ, Royer JA, Tebbs JM, Guinn CH. Factors influencing participation in school-provided breakfast and school-provided lunch during fourth grade. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(9):A66.

3. Corcoran SP, Debraggio E, Elbel B, Schwartz AE. The effect of breakfast in the classroom on obesity and academic performance: Evidence from New York City. Paper presented at: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Fall Research Conference; November 7, 2013; Washington, DC.

4. Kugler, A. The Effect of Providing Breakfast on Student Performance: Evidence from an In-Class Breakfast Program (with Scott Imberman), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Summer 2014, 33(3). Featured in EdNews Colorado, February 2012.

5. Rainville AJ, King AD, Nettles MF. Effectiveness of breakfast in the classroom in five exemplary districts. J Child Nutr Manag. 2013;37(1).