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Grant reduces child care fees for eligible Penn College students

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received a $92,118 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help lower child care fees for eligible students who enroll their children at the facility.

The funding is known as a CCAMPIS grant, which stands for Child Care Access Means Parents in School. It helps the Children’s Learning Center to provide discounts to Penn College students whose income makes them eligible for federal Pell Grants. Reductions range from 25% to 75% of the Children’s Learning Center fees, based on a student’s income as reported to the college’s Financial Aid Office. In addition to the Department of Education’s contribution, the college has budgeted a $241,680 match to ensure the sliding fee scale is available to every eligible student who applies.

Children of Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees receive early childhood education in the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center. A CCAMPIS grant from the U.S. Department of Education is helping to reduce the cost of child care at the center for students.
Children of Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees receive early childhood education in the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center. A CCAMPIS grant from the U.S. Department of Education is helping to reduce the cost of child care at the center for students.

Twenty-two Pell Grant-eligible Penn College students are benefiting from the sliding fee scale in 2018-19, allowing them to attend classes secure in the knowledge that their children are safe and receiving an excellent early childhood experience on campus.

Part of the CCAMPIS grant is also used to fund a part-time teacher assistant, who “floats” to each classroom one day per week to allow teachers to have uninterrupted planning and documentation time to meet accreditation standards. They use the time to plan lessons, meet with parents and complete child assessments.

The Children’s Learning Center at Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, through its Commission on Elementary Schools, and by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It holds the highest rating – four stars – from the Pennsylvania Keystone Stars program.

In addition to offering child care and early education, the Children’s Learning Center provides a working laboratory for students in Penn College’s early childhood education department and other majors.

To learn more about the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, call 570-320-8026.

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact Grants & Sponsored Programs at ext. 7580 or through its Web portal.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

 

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