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(1) What impact does participation in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) have on child and household food insecurity?
(2) As children enter kindergarten, how does the transition in nutritional programs impact child and household food insecurity?
Using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey-Birth Cohort, we will employ instrumental variables, regression discontinuity and propensity score matching to identify the impact of program participation and program transition on child and household food insecurity.
Results from this study will inform policy-makers in understanding the contribution of the CACFP program to food security, the relative strength of the food and nutrition bundle available to low-income families over childhood, and the impact of the transition from preschool to kindergarten on child and household security. Our analyses uses the most appropriate datasets available to provide a comprehensive picture of how participation in food and nutrition programs shapes the contours of food security at the child and household level over the course of childhood.