Haines City’s Free Summer Program Teaches Kids Financial Literacy

HAINES CITY, Fla. — Credit repair specialist Lakeia Hall started teaching her daughter financial literacy at just four years old and is now offering a free course.

“She knows the credit score,” Hall said. “When she was younger, she would ask me, ‘Mom, is your score up or down today? “”

Growing up, Hall knew nothing about credit. It wasn’t until she and her husband wanted to buy a house that she decided to get an education.

“Before I knew it, less than three months, we got the score we needed to become an owner,” Hall said.

After buying a house at the age of 25, Hall wanted to teach others how to be financially ready. Hall’s Credit Academy teaches children ages 10-18 to prepare for their financial future.

“We teach how money works, we teach money management, we also teach how to write a checkbook,” Hall said. “We also teach home ownership.”

She praises Governor Ron DeSantis for recently signing a bill requiring high school students to take a financial literacy course before graduating. However, she suggests that students learn about finance at a much younger age.

“Kids can start learning about money and credit in general as early as kindergarten,” she said. “It’s the basic level, they learn to read, they learn to count.”

The free summer classes are held at the Oakland Neighborhood Center in Haines City. Classes start on June 6 and will take place every Monday and Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register your child for the program before May 31.

Louis R. Hancock