Sinclair College given $900K to help student-parents find child care

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than $900,000 was given to Sinclair College from the U.S. Department of Education to implement a four-year Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.

The CCAMPIS funds will be used to provide child care assistance to low-income students while connecting student-parents with the resources they need to be successful through their degree completion.

“Sinclair has and continues to work towards closing the equity gap in educational outcomes,” said Steve Johnson, Sinclair College President. “Meeting our students’ needs and providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education has been out highest priority. This grant is extremely important for us to be able to do just that. Many parents find it difficult to go back to school because of a lack of accessible and high-quality child care service. By providing an on-campus child care center, we are able to eliminate a major accessibility gap for our student-parents.”

Eligible students can receive significant child care subsidies at any three participating Mini University centers under the Sinclair CCAMPIS Program.

This includes Montgomery County Mini University, the on-campus Early Childhood Education Center, and the forthcoming Hope Center for Families Mini University, which is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

Mini University, licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, is National Association for the Education of Young Children Accredited and has obtained a five star Step Up to Quality rating, the highest in the State of Ohio.

To qualify for CCAMPIS funds, Sinclair students must be Pell-eligible, registered for at least six credit hours, and be in good academic standing. Those receiving monthly CCAMPIS subsidies are expected to maintain good monthly contact with a dedicated Student Success Coach who will make referrals to campus and community resources to help student-parents reach their goals.

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