School Breakfast - Breakfasts Served

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Definitions:  The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally assisted meal program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children every school day.  Research has suggested that SBP's are associated with higher academic test scores, lower absenteeism from school, and greater class participation. This data provides the average number of breakfasts served by school district during the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2011, and 2014 school years (SY), calculated by dividing the total number of breakfasts served by 180 (the minimum number of days a school is required to be open).

Children not eligible for the SBP may purchase breakfast; therefore, this number should not be interpreted as a representation of the number of students eligible for the SBP.

It should be noted that data for this indicator are reported for a school year (i.e., September-August) rather than for a calendar year (i.e., Jan-Dec) or a fiscal year (i.e., July-June).
LNE- Data Suppressed for incidents < 5
NA- Data not available

Data Source: Connecticut State Department of Education data (SY 2002-2003, 2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2011-2012, and 2013-2014).

Additional Resources:

CT SBP website: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?A=2626&Q=320662

Frisvold, D.E. (2015).  Nutrition and cognitive achievement: An evaluation of the School Breakfast Program.  Journal of Public Economics, 124, 91 - 104. http://tippie.uiowa.edu/economics/tow/papers/frisvold-spring2013.pdf

Harvey-Golding, L., Donkin, L.M., Blackledge, J., & Defeyter, M.A. (2015).  Universal free school breakfast: A qualitative model for breakfast behaviors. Frontiers in Public Health, 3, online only.
http://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/docs/25_1_chapter4.pdf

Footnotes: Charter/Magnet = the average number of breakfasts served by all charter schools and magnet schools in Connecticut

RESCs = the average number of breakfasts servey by all Regional Education Service Centers in Connecticut

SY = school year (Fall-Spring)