Eating breakfast has a positive association with students’ academic outcomes and attendance. Universal school breakfast programs can mitigate food insecurity of families whose students are in the public school system, but low participation rates pose implementation challenges for schools and districts trying to meet the needs of their students. This report evaluates the determinants of implementing two different school breakfast programs and pragmatic strategies for serving breakfast in ways that maximize student participation.
Food insecurity directly impacts physical health and is associated with adverse developmental, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes. This brief describes the prevalence of food insecurity among SDP households that responded to the District-Wide Survey in 2020-21 and examines the differences in food insecurity rates across different student subgroups and schools.
This brief describes the prevalence of food insecurity among SDP households that responded to the District-Wide Survey in 2019-20 and examines the differences in food insecurity rates across different student subgroups and schools.
This series of four reports is the result of a case study process evaluation of the SNAP-Ed nutrition education partnership, Eat Right Philly (ERP), conducted in 2018-19. The reports focus on the implementation and effectiveness of SNAP-Ed community partnerships.
This report analyzes how student responses to the District-Wide Survey (DWS) questions about eating breakfast relate to the availability of school breakfast programs.
This report analyzes student responses to four questions related to mental health and suicide that were asked on the 2019 Philadelphia YRBS.
This report examines several SDP breakfast delivery models and uses data from a two-year study to examine factors related to school breakfast delivery and student participation, analyze implementation challenges, and offer conclusions and recommendations.
This brief examines feasibility factors and parent/guardian experiences with the school backpack program, which provides bags of food for students at participating schools to bring home once per month.
In spring 2019, SDP, in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia, was awarded a grant from the William Penn Foundation to redesign schoolyards at three elementary schools into “playful learning areas”–environments designed for children that encourage and reinforce learning outside of the classroom. This brief summarizes the design process.
This report uses YRBS data from 2009 through 2019 to show changes in risk behaviors reported by high school students. It provides a general overview of these behaviors, then presents related findings in six sections: mental health, safety and violence, substance use, sexual health, nutrition and physical activity, and physical health. This report also explores how certain students may be more at risk based on their race/ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.