Troy University is now accepting applications from students for a new program aimed at easing the burden of child care cost.
Qualified students can now apply for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program, a Department of Education-funded initiative that provides subsidized child care to student-parents enrolled at all of TROY’s Alabama campuses.
To qualify, students must attend one of TROY’s Alabama campuses, complete a Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grants.
Students should also identify and secure enrollment at a child care center before applying.
“We will review the application, and if they are eligible for a child care subsidy, we then contact the child care center they’ve selected and work with that provider,” said Dr. Cynthia Hicks, Associate Professor in the College of Education and a coordinator for the CCAMPIS Program.
Under the program, the subsidized childcare services will be provided through local child care centers near TROY’s campuses, or at the Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment at the Dothan Campus.
Several child care centers have been selected as partners for the program, although parents are not required to choose those facilities.
Partner centers include Eastside Child Care, Immanuel Child Development Center, Kiddie Care Learning Center and Pal-A Roos near the Dothan Campus; Gingerbread House, Heaven Sent and Tucker’s Learning Center near the Troy Campus; Montessori Academy and Montessori at Mulberry near the Montgomery Campus; and Growing Room near the Phenix City Campus.
The program is funded by a $246,562 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and Hicks said applicants will be selected based on financial need. She also encourages students to apply quickly, as participation is limited.