This is a revision of a paper presented at the Western Economic Associaltion International annual Conference, San Francisco, July 6, 2001, in a session organized by Joshua Winicki, American Institute for Research, Washington, DC. The authors thank Craig Gundersen, Parke Wilde, David Figlio, participants in the session in which it was presented, and two anonymous referees.
Food Insecurity and Hunger in the Kindergarten Classroom: Its Effect on Learning and Growth
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2008
Contemporary Economic Policy
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 145–157, April 2003
How to Cite
Winicki, J. and Jemison, K. (2003), Food Insecurity and Hunger in the Kindergarten Classroom: Its Effect on Learning and Growth. Contemporary Economic Policy, 21: 145–157. doi: 10.1093/cep/byg001
- Issue published online: 18 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2008
This study investigates the correlation between food insecurity, educational achievement, and health among kindergarten children in the United States. Data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study—Kindergarten Cohort are used to analyze educational achievement and physical growth of kindergartners faced with food insecurity. The results demonstrate that children begin to experience the effects of food insecurity even at the most marginal level of household food deprivation. Children in households with any signs of food insecurity score lower and learn less during the school year.