FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) is one of only four Michigan colleges recently that was awarded a four-year federal grant totaling $492,900 to increase student-parent access to childcare in order to promote postsecondary success in enrollment, persistence and graduation.
The Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) enables MCC to offer its student-parents subsidized, affordable childcare for children 2 1/2 to 5 years of age in the College’s Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) on the main campus in Flint.
“This is wonderful news for our students who need childcare to enable them to complete their education,” said Sue Lechota, Director of the ECLC and Early Childhood Education faculty member at MCC.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the CCAMPIS grant will subsidize affordable childcare slots for eligible MCC students during the fall and winter semesters over a four-year period. Each year of the CCAMPIS grant, MCC will provide subsidies consisting of 9 full-day, 18 part-day slots, and 4 full-time and 8 part-time slots for Before- and After- school care for a total of up to 104 student-parents receiving increased access to childcare over the course of the four-year grant.
MCC ECLC will also expand the current parent involvement program to engage student-parents who receive the CCAMPIS subsidy. – G.G.