EurekAlert! discusses a study coauthored by Curry's Anna Markowitz on the educational impact of food insecurity.
This study addresses a gap in understanding associations between food insecurity in early childhood and skills at kindergarten entry. The authors caution that the estimates are noncausal, that is, they cannot rule out the possibility that an unobserved factor caused both increased food insecurity and decreased kindergarten skills, for instance.
'Nevertheless, these findings are worrisome,' suggests Anna Markowitz, postdoctoral research associate in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, the study's coauthor. 'Increasing the generosity of food assistance programs and ensuring that they reach children whose families are food insecure or at risk for food insecurity in the earliest years--when children are 2 or younger--could boost the early school success of these vulnerable children.'