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Grant to Give SCC Students Who Are Parents Additional Child Care Opportunities

Published on Feb 19, 2019

katie washSomerset Community College (SCC) is committed to offering quality education to student parents to prepare the next generation of citizens and leaders — and now will be able to do so more effectively thanks in part to a new grant.

The $560,560 grant is from the U.S. Department of Education through its Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Grant program, and will award the college $140,140 annually over the next four years.

This grant allows SCC to support student-parents in starting and completing their postsecondary education by providing child care subsidies to qualified students. The program will help students who are parents make progress toward or complete an undergraduate degree with fewer obstacles by providing child care support and community resources.

Children participating in the CCAMPIS program will receive appropriate care for their developmental and early learning needs through a positive child care environment.

SCC has contracted with four off-campus child care providers to provide child care slots for eligible participants, all in the Somerset area. The facilities include Kid’s Kastle II Child Development Center, P.J.’s Primary Care Centers 1 and 2, and The Children’s House.

Additional information about service times and availability will be provided during an interview with selected participants. SCC students who should apply must meet the following criteria:

  • Pell Eligible
  • Must have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 Credit Hours  

Katie Wash was hired as the new CCAMPIS program coordinator for SCC. Wash is a recent graduate of the University of the Cumberlands and graduated with a Master’s degree in teaching.

“We are elated to be receiving the CCAMPIS grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education,” said Wash, CCAMPIS program coordinator. “This is greatly going to impact our student-parents by providing year-round, close to campus child care services. Our goal is for student-parents to enroll, persist and graduate.”

Child care will be provided during the upcoming 16-week fall and spring semesters.

For more information regarding SCC’s CCAMPIS grant, contact Katie Wash at 606-677-8306 or by email at katie.wash@kctcs.edu.