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DOE grant provides student-parents at Aims with affordable childcare

Submitted on: 11-03-2005

Aims Community College recently received a four-year grant totaling $110,480 from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Post-Secondary Education. The Child Care Access Means Parents In Schools grant or CCAMPIS program supports low-income student-parents in post-secondary education by subsidizing the cost of campus-based childcare. At Aims, the CCAMPIS program will provide an additional $27,000 annually toward a sliding-fee scale for student-parents whose children attend Aims Monfort Early Childhood Education Center. Aims Foundation funds the program that provides deep discounts on childcare costs to Aims students based on need. “Currently, students who qualify pay a minimum of 30 percent of the per-week fee,” said Aims Early Childhood Director Linda Neigherbauer. “This grant will bring it down to 20 percent for some student-parents.” Students in the CCAMPIS program must be taking 12 credits and maintain a C average. The grant also allows Aims graduates who go on to study at the University of Northern Colorado to continue to bring their children to MECEC and remain eligible for the sliding-fee scale. “We were finding many student-parents who went on to four-year universities and were shocked to find that there is not much in the line of subsidized childcare there,” Neigherbauer said. “This grant will help them stay in school and get their degrees, and provide their children with needed continuity of care. “Parents tell us over and over and over again, they wouldn’t be in school if we weren’t here and the sliding scale wasn’t available to them,” she said. For more information on the CCAMPIS program at Aims’ Monfort Early Childhood Education Center call (970) 339-6325.



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