I do not yet have a child that attends a day to day school program, however I have previously worked as a social worker within a school setting for many years. There are many variables that go into choosing a school and a particular program for your child (if available). One thing that is often over looked is the School Breakfast Program.
Research shows that eating breakfast makes a significant contribution to a student’s nutritional intake, and that students who participated in the School Breakfast Program scored higher on achievement tests and were better prepared for learning. National School Breakfast Week is March 6th through March 10th.
Schools have noticed a decline in tardiness and morning behavioral problems after breakfast programs were implemented (like in Hamilton County Schools in Florida and Houston County Schools in Georgia)
School breakfast participation has continued to rise as parents are busier and breakfast programs make it affordable and or free for some students.
School breakfasts are served at kiosks, breakfast windows, cafeterias, etc. in districts like Alachua County Schools in Florida.
Programs like Breakfast in the Classroom, Second Chance Breakfast and Breakfast Mobile Carts (like Broome-Tioga Schools in New York) have made it easier for students to get a balanced, nutritious and easy breakfast to start their day off right.
Breakfast trends include: healthy smoothies, lower sugar/whole grain cereal, yogurt parfaits, homemade whole grain pastries, breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruits, etc.
Schools have started Walking Clubs (like Bernalillo Schools in New Mexico) prior to breakfast so that students get some exercise in the morning as well.