Three SUNY Child Care Centers Celebrate NYS Completion Week with Grant to Support Low-Income Students

October 4, 2013

Facilities at Erie, Monroe, and Rockland Community Colleges Receive Federal Funds

Albany — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that child care centers at three SUNY campuses celebrated New York State Completion Week as the recipients of U.S. Department of Education Awards that support low-income student parents who are earning their college degree.

New York State Completion Week was first established last year by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. With the slogan “Commit. Complete. Compete.”, participating campuses aim to raise awareness among students that earning a degree gives them a competitive edge in today's job market.

“On-campus child care centers provide our student parents with a convenient, safe, and affordable place to leave their children while they attend classes and earn their degree,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “SUNY is proud to offer child care on 53 college campuses across the state and grateful for this additional support from the Department of Education for low-income students.”

Child care centers at SUNY's Erie, Monroe, and Rockland community colleges received funds as part of the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program, which recently awarded 58 four-year grants to colleges in 28 states.

“Our data demonstrates that student parents utilizing campus child care persist in college and graduate or transfer to four-year institutions at a higher rate than those who are not able to access on-campus child care.” said Anne Barker, director of Richard M. Guon Child Care Center at Monroe Community College. “With these funds, not only will 40 children of low income MCC students be able to access subsidized child care at our NAEYC accredited center, but their parents will be able to continue their higher education. We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a CCAMPIS grant.”

“A recent report by the American Association of University Women (Rose, 2013) found that the main obstacle – the reason young parents frequently need to drop out of college before completing their degree or certificate programs – is a need for affordable child care,” said Kyle Miller, director of the Campus Fun and Learn Child Development Center, Inc., at Rockland Community College. “The report goes on to conclude that affordable child care must be a part of any plan to support the educational success of these young, struggling families. This grant will enable us to ensure the success of two generations: the children who will have the opportunity to attend a high quality educational program, and the parents who will have access to affordable, quality child care so that they can complete their education.”

Susan Holdaway, executive director of Auxiliary Services Corporation, the not-for-profit that operates ECC campus child care said, “We are thrilled to be recipients of the CCAMPIS grant, enabling us to meet the demand for quality, affordable on-campus child care and aid in the retention and graduation of ECC's low-income student parents.”

“Our student parents are over the moon [about the grant],” added Brenda Feidt, director of ECC's City Campus Child Development Center. “They're happy and relieved that this funding will allow them the opportunity to stay in school and persist with their degrees.”

College students eligible to receive services for their children through the CCAMPIS program must be eligible for Pell grants, which are awarded based on financial need. In addition to using a sliding fee scale for the services, some grantees require students to attend parent workshops and take part in academic counseling to maximize their prospects for success in completing their higher education studies.

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