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Data Update: Free and Reduced Price Lunch and Majority Minority Schools

The National Center for Education Statistics released updates for two highly-utilized data sets at the beginning of 2017. The Commons has incorporated them and they are now available to map alone or alongside other data.

Free and Reduced Price Lunch by School

Free lunch and reduced lunch are actually two separate data sets married together to form the more robust “free and reduced price lunch” indicator. The National School Lunch Program collects data – the number of students receiving free lunch and the number of students receiving reduced price lunch – for every public and nonprofit private schools in the nation. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

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Free and reduced price lunch data can help you identify areas of greatest need – both for children and families. It is one of many indicators used to asses childhood poverty.

Majority Minority Schools

Another recently updated data set from NCES focuses on the racial and ethnic makeup of student populations. The “Majority Minority Schools” layer displays the location of public schools in the US where less than 50% of the students are non-Hispanic white.  The data includes the following race/ethnicity categories:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native, not Hispanic
  • Asian, not Hispanic
  • Black or African American, not Hispanic
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, not Hispanic
  • White, not Hispanic
  • Two or more races, not Hispanic

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Other data available from NCES includes:

  • Locations of Magnet programs, Pre-Kindergarten programs, and Title I schools
  • Public education expenditures for instruction, administration, teacher salaries, and support services
  • Public education revenue from Federal, state, and local funds
  • On-time graduation rates
  • Higher education facilities and financial aid award prevalence
  • Private school locations and designations
  • Attendance zones

Lunch Is On When School Is Out

As the weather heats up, children are spending their summer vacation burning off energy and working up an appetite. But for many of these children, a healthy lunch is not an affordable option. When school lets out for the summer, many of the 31 million children who have their school lunches provided by the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are left without access to consistent, nutritious meals. Read more

Let’s Move! Third Anniversary Tour

It’s been three years since First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let’s Move! to America. In that time, the nation has seen a concerted effort to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation through a wide range of initiatives and partnerships formed to improve the health of America’s children.

To celebrate, the First Lady is taking a two-day nationwide tour to highlight achievements and announce new opportunities for continued success. Read more

NEA starts Bag The Junk website

Bag the Junk is an informational website to support the NEA Health Information Network’s Healthier School Food Advocacy project. The Healthier School Food Advocacy project is a national initiative to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, cafeteria à la carte lines, school stores and fundraisers. visit website

New Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. This new handbook was developed by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and FamiliesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Resources and Services Administration to help CACFP child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. read more and download resource