Game Changer: The Community Eligibility Provision. Sarah C. White & Rasheeda A. Washington Tennessee Department of Education. Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
Game Changer: The Community Eligibility Provision
Sarah C. White &
Rasheeda A. Washington
Tennessee Department of Education
A universal meal plan under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) that permits eligible LEAs and schools to provide meal service to all students at no charge, regardless of economic status.
(Section 104a of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act)
Eat a complete breakfast, versus a partial one, make fewer mistakes and work faster in math and number checking tests.
Eat breakfast at school – closer to class and test-taking time –perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
Participate in school breakfast show improved attendance, behavior and decreased tardiness.
~860 schools across 69 districts have implemented CEP to date
Bedford County: Breakfast & Lunch by 500 each per day for the first 10 days
Cleveland City: Breakfast 21% ;Lunch16%
Metro Nashville: Meal participation 20% to 25%
Knox County:Meal participation ~60% in 2 HS and 1 MS
Shelby County:Breakfast 10.2% ; Lunch 18%
Warren County Schools: Breakfast 13% ; Lunch 6.5 % The Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) at one school has increased by 17% and is close to 90%
Robertson County: Inthe past a family had to let their children take turns eating in the cafeteria because they could not afford for all of them to eat every day. Now all their children are getting to eat every day.
Morgan County: I had a school security officer stop me to thank me. He had seen a service learner student ask to work in the cafeteria and take out the trash (student was previously eating food from the garbage).
The CEP program has been a blessing to families in our community. It allows them some relief financially and also gives them peace of mind knowing their children are eating a nutritious meal twice daily.
Putnam County Principal: Thanks to CEP, students are more excited to come to school early and on time. Student tardiness has reduced significantly and separation anxiety between the child and parents has declined. It has taken 4 1/2 weeks, but we have a system that is working and a menu that is classroom and student friendly.
Giles County teachers said it was the best first day of school ever.
Schools have taken breakfast out into the hallways so that every child can grab breakfast on the way into classrooms.
LEAs/schools are responsible for collecting and entering the following information in your student management system:
The department is loading the following information:
Non CEP Schools = Free “X” + Reduced “Y” + Direct Certified
CEP Schools = CEP Eligible “3” + Direct Certified
TCA 49-3-307 Basic Education Program calculations defines "At-risk student" means a student who is eligible for free or reduced price lunch”
Allocations of Title I Funds
US Ed has always had different poverty measures LEAs and can use for rank and spiral.
Collaborating with Office of Consolidated Planning & Monitoring to provide additional guidance to LEAs for next year
E-Rate (effective 2015-16 school year)
Economically Disadvantaged report will still be available in Data Reports.
FRPL %Report = X + Y + Direct Certified
*CEP % Report = 3 + Direct Certified
*Economically Disadvantaged Report =
X + Y + 3 + Direct Certified
CEP Committee to evaluate October data and CEP to date
Continue communicating with districts and providing assistance
Conducting regional “Listening Tours”
Implement process improvements for 2015-16 school year