Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's
Research shows that students who eat breakfast perform better in school, both academically and behaviorally. This means improved test scores and fewer trips to the principal's office. Unfortunately, schools often serve breakfast before the school day officially begins which can limit student participation. Many students who take the bus or whose parents drop them off arrive to school after the breakfast service has ended. Those who do arrive early to eat school breakfast often experience a stigma associated with participating in the breakfast program.
Action Step: Incorporate breakfast into the school day
Principals need to prioritize school breakfast in order to ensure that all students start each day ready to learn. Structure the day to make school breakfast accessible to all students.
|Tools: Guide to Breakfast in the Classroom, Starting or Expanding a School Breakfast Program, Breakfast Flyers|