Child Nutrition Program Reports and Studies

School Food Purchase Study III

USDA. FNS. Office of Research and Analysis.

Provides national estimates of the type, quantity, dollar value and unit price of food acquisitions by public school districts participating in Child Nutrition Programs.


Child Nutrition Program Research and Analysis

USDA. FNS. Office of Research and Analysis.

View all ORA research reports from 1990 to the present.


Parent School Breakfast Survey (2015) (939 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

The University of Iowa conducted a survey of Iowa parents (n=8,982). The purpose of the survey was to 1) evaluate parents' knowledge of the school breakfast program at their child's school, 2) determine parent perceptions of the school breakfast program, and 3) identify general breakfast consumption behaviors of school-aged children.


Effectiveness of In-Classroom Breakfast Programs (2013)

ICN. The University of Mississippi.

A study to define and identify successful in-classroom breakfast programs; identify student outcomes; quantify student outcomes, district-level financial analyses of in-classroom breakfast, and teacher and custodial time requirements for in-classroom breakfast; and review menus, food costs, and compliance with Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.


Administrator School Breakfast Survey (2015) (507 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

The University of Iowa conducted an online survey of K-12 school administrators in the state of Iowa (n=152). The purpose of the survey was to better understand administrator perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs around the school breakfast program and determine barriers and facilitators to improving school breakfast program participation in Iowa schools.


Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs

Cornell University.

The center conducts research to improve children's acceptance of healthy school meals and also disseminates the findings to school meal program staff and other program stakeholders through its Smarter Lunchrooms.org website.


Child & Adult Care Food Program Data and Publications

Food Research and Action Center.

Resources and recommendations addressing healthier meal patterns and nutrition standards in children’s diets.


Improving School Foods Through the Team Nutrition Program (November 2011) (PDF | 207 KB)

Bridging the Gap.

This brief examines participation in the Team Nutrition program among U.S. elementary schools for four school years, from 2006-07 to 2009-10. It also describes the types of foods and beverages available as part of lunch meals served by schools that did and did not have access to Team Nutrition resources during that period.


Progress on Children Eating More Fruit, Not Vegetables (August 2014)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Progress on children eating more fruit, not vegetables.


Child Care as an Untapped Setting for Obesity Prevention: State Child Care Licensing Regulations Related to Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Media Use for Preschool- Aged Children in the United States (January 2009)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An evaluation of the different regulations that exist in child care centers and how those regulations can be used to prevent childhood obesity.


National School Lunch Program: Research and Reports

Food Research and Action Center.

Information about the NSLP, 2012-2013 participation and 2014-2015 school year federal reimbursement rates.


National School Lunch Program Briefing Room

USDA. Economic Research Service.

General information, including data and reports, about the NSLP.


School Breakfast Program Briefing Room

USDA. Economic Research Service.

General information, including data and reports, about the SBP.


Creating a State or Local School Breakfast Program

Food Research and Action Center.

Steps for creating a School Breakfast Report for your state using FRAC’s School Breakfast Report Calculator.


Got Milk! Exploring How Student Preferences Impact Their Milk Selection in Schools

Institute of Child Nutrition.

The purpose of this study was to identify milk preferences and perceptions of elementary and middle school/junior high school students and school nutrition professionals' perceptions of students' milk-related consumption behaviors.


ICN Insights

Institute of Child Nutrition.

ICN Insight is an informational newsletter based on research and educational projects sponsored by the Institute of Child Nutrition Applied Research Division. This user-friendly publication summarizes the research or project and emphasizes the "so what" by giving practical suggestions that can be used by local CNP directors to enhance their operations.

                          ICN Insights - Insight No. 52 -- Family Childcare Home Providers Participating in the CACFP: Training and Educational Resource Needs
                          ICN Insights - Insight No. 53 -- Childcare Providers/Sponsors Participating in the CACFP: Training and Educational Resource Needs
                          ICN Insights - Insight No. 56 -- Identifying Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Care Providers in CACFP Operations