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Penn College Students Receive Child Care Assistance

A federal grant to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert and Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center helps to provide child care access to parents pursuing higher education at the college.

Generally referred to as a “CCAMPIS” grant, which stands for “Child Care Access Means Parents in School,” the funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and is awarded to help make high-quality child care available to parents who are college students. Penn College will receive $102,042 for 2014-15.

“This federal funding is a great help for Penn College parents to complete their education without the worry of finding the additional resources for child care,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “Whatever resources we can obtain to keep parents on track is vital to successfully completing their degree. Whenever we are able to get parents back into the workforce, earning wages that will support their family, it is a success at Penn College. This is a win-win situation for not only the parent/student but for our community.”

The funding is used to help subsidize the cost of child care for Penn College students whose income level makes them eligible for federal Pell Grants. Those students receive discounts ranging from 25 to 75 percent off regular Children’s Learning Center fees, depending on their income as reported to the Financial Aid Office.

As a result of the funding, 30 Pell-eligible students are attending classes secure in the knowledge that their children are safe and are receiving an excellent early childhood experience at the Children’s Learning Center, while an estimated 35 children are receiving high-quality care and education that will ensure their optimal development and prepare them to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Part of the money is also used to fund a part-time teacher assistant who spends time in all four of the center’s classrooms to allow regular staff members time for lesson planning, meetings with students and parents, and working on child assessments.

The center provides child care and early education for the children of Penn College students and employees. It also provides a working laboratory for students in the early childhood education department and other majors.

The center 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 has received the highest rating – four stars – from the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS program.

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

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

For more about the college, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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