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Thursday, April 13, 2017

HUNGRY TODDLERS LAG BEHIND IN SCHOOL



Growing up in a hungry household in the first couple of years of life can hurt how well a child performs in school years later, according to a new study. The new study suggests that such early experience of hunger in the family is likely to make those children less ready for kindergarten than their classmates who came from homes with enough to eat. It shows that kids who experienced food insecurity in their first five years of life are more likely to be lagging behind in social, emotional and to some degree, cognitive skills when they begin kindergarten. The study’s authors found that the younger the children were when the family struggled with hunger, the stronger the effect on their performance once they started school.

Source: NPR, 3/23/17, Early Hunger