LCCC Receives Grant to Support Students Needing Child Care

published Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Lehigh Carbon Community College has received a four-year Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program grant (CCAMPIS) totaling $335,296 from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant runs Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2022.
 
Funds from the grant will provide child care support for approximately 15-20 students who are eligible to receive federal Pell grants each year. Pell grant recipients are usually students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree and meet the general federal student aid eligibility requirements. Subsidies for child care will be awarded each semester and will be available not only at the college’s Early Learning Center, but also at qualifying off-campus child care centers.
 
The project will provide orientation, mentoring, academic advising, monitoring of students’ academic progress, parenting and student success workshops, educational resource materials, a parent support network, family events and staff professional development. Staffing at the Early Learning Center will be increased to serve additional children.
 
“In addition to attending classes and working on their degrees, many of our students at LCCC work outside the home and have families,” says Dr. Ann D. Bieber, LCCC president. “This grant will support families and allow many of our students to continue their studies with the peace of mind that they will be able to access care for their children.”
 
Students who believe they would be eligible for the funds can contact Elizabeth Lipman at the Early Learning Center, 610-799-1165.