Giving Compass' Take:

• According to a new study from the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, allocating an extra 10 minutes for students to eat breakfast after school starts boosts participation in the classroom.

• How can educators and influencers in the education sector make sure that students have the nutrition they need to perform at their best? Which school meal programs are working — and which aren't?

• Learn how serving breakfast is allowing schools to reach more low-income students.


Research shows that serving breakfast in the classroom boosts student participation. In New York City, for example,  schools that began serving breakfast in class in 2007 have seen the participation rate increase from 25% to 80%. The authors of the Nevada study suggest that future research should possibly examine why students are more likely to prefer classroom breakfast programs over cafeteria service, even if they are guaranteed the extra time to eat. Familiar classroom surroundings and fewer disruptions could be contributing factors, they write. These are issues school leaders could explore.

“A better understanding of this ‘pure classroom effect’ may help to design cafeteria implementation that adopts some of these factors, possibly allowing for further improvements in participation under standard location and pricing,” they write.

Read the full article about extra time for eating for students by Linda Jacobson at Education Dive.