E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 3, Issue 6, 2023

From Plates to Progress: Exploring the Perceptions of Parents and Teachers on Malnutrition and Academic Performance of Early Childhood Learners

Author(s): Presbitero Lavinia Luna A, Presbitero Berylkay G Presbitero, Quiatchon Roanne C, Judilla Cleo Mae A, Mobida Fanny Mae


This study investigates the perceptions of parents and teachers regarding the impact of malnutrition on the academic performance of young children. Employing a descriptive methodology and thematic analysis, the research reveals that parents from economic backgrounds commonly face challenges such as limited education due to poverty, leading to reduced involvement in their children’s education and reliance on low-paying jobs. Consequently, they struggle to provide nutritious meals for their children. Teachers’ perspectives highlight that poor nutrition contributes to low class participation, tardiness, hyperactive behavior, and even academic failure. The study underscores the significance of government assistance programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and School-Based Feeding Programs in sustaining early learners' nutrition and improving class participation. Parental support and collaborative efforts are essential to comprehensively address malnutrition and its impact on academic performance. This research contributes to the existing body of knowledge by shedding light on the perceptions of parents and teachers and providing insights for potential interventions and recommendations.

Keywords: Malnutrition, Academic Performance, Parents, Teachers

Pages: 1302-1310

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