Lindsay Community School has been educating students and providing day care services for 25 years, but Jan. 6 marked a new chapter for this school that serves pregnant and parenting teens.
For the first time, the school is partnering with a licensed day care provider, Children of the Rainbow, to provide services to infants onsite at Lindsay.
Having a licensed onsite daycare facility will allow students to leave campus when they previously were not able to without their child. This will enable them to expand their educational and career opportunities, such as attend offsite college courses, go to job interviews and other appointments, and go on educational field trips.
To celebrate, Lindsay recently hosted an open house attended by more than 50 students, staff, parents, former students, community partners, and San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) administrators.
The celebration started with a cultural ceremony featuring local group Ohana Danza Y Cultura, followed by remarks from Board Member Guadalupe González, County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold, JCCS Executive Director Tracy Thompson, and recent Lindsay graduate Ydania Penaloza.
“It’s important to all of us at SDCOE that all of our students have the educational opportunities and supports they need to be successful and graduate prepared for college, career, and beyond,” Dr. Gothold said.
“For me, it means the whole world,” said Fatima, a current student at Lindsay. “It’s very important for me, because when I have a doctor’s appointment or something, I can leave my daughter here. She’s supervised by people I trust.”
She added that in the past, it was more challenging to focus on studies while at school, as students would need to step out of class to tend to their children. “And now they’re [day care staff] here. They help us. It’s a relief. Our kids are learning and we’re learning at the same time.”
Following remarks, attendees gathered for food and music inside the school. Staff conducted tours and community partners had tables set up with information about their services.
In addition to onsite care for infants, students can take their toddler-age children to Children of the Rainbow’s site, which is located across the street from Lindsay.