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 Lindsay Early Learning Academy Receives Federal Assistance to Spend Funds in the Classroom, Not the Kitchen

The youngest students at downtown San Diego's Lindsay Early Learning Academy will have access to federally reimbursed meals provided by the Neighborhood House Association (NHA), thanks to a federal program. Lindsay Early Learning Academy is a preschool on the campus of Lindsay Blended Community School, a Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) program serving pregnant and parenting teens. Lindsay students attend fully accredited classes while their young children attend the NHA daycare.

About 40 infants and toddlers attend Lindsay Early Learning Academy. They eat together family-style with parents and staff so the children learn about nutrition and are immersed in healthy eating habits.

With the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) approval, JCCS will be able to receive reimbursement for the cost of purchasing toddler meals from NHA, as well as the cost of infant formula.

"The children in our care are already benefitting from the healthy food we serve at Lindsay Early Learning Academy, establishing positive eating habits that will help them do well in school and beyond," said Jerry Smith, food services supervisor with JCCS. "By joining the Child and Adult Care Food Program, we will now be able to direct more of our resources to the classroom, not the kitchen."

The primary goal of the CACFP is to serve nutritious meals to children attending child care homes and centers. Secondary goals are: The establishment of positive eating habits at the earliest stages of development; reduction of future health care and education costs due to lack of proper early development; and training and support of local child care personnel.

The San Diego County Office of Education's schools each year serve nearly 10,000 students who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, probation, or one of the 42 school districts in San Diego County. Services are provided to incarcerated youth, pregnant minors, foster youth, expelled teens, chronically truant youth, students in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children, and homeless youth.​​​

Lindsay Blended Community School and Lindsay Early Learning Academy are located at 210 West Ash Street, San Diego, CA 92101. The schools are equal opportunity providers and do not discriminate against any person because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.