Expanding Exposure: Can Increasing the Daily Duration of Head Start Reduce Childhood Obesity?
David Frisvold () and
Julie C. Lumeng
Emory Economics from Department of Economics, Emory University (Atlanta)
Coinciding with the work requirements of welfare reform in the mid-1990s, the early childhood education program, Head Start, increased the availability of full-day classes. Using unique administrative data, we examine the effect of full-day compared to half-day attendance on childhood obesity. This effect is identified using the elimination of a state-provided full-day expansion grant that led to an exogenous decrease in the supply of full-day classes for the program in our study. Our results suggest that full-day Head Start attendance significantly reduces the proportion of obese children at the end of the academic year.
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Journal Article: Expanding Exposure: Can Increasing the Daily Duration of Head Start Reduce Childhood Obesity? (2011)
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