Grant enables Troy University to continue to offer childcare subsidies for student parents

The Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment at the Dothan Campus is one of the programs leading childcare providers.

The Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment at the Dothan Campus is one of the programs leading childcare providers.

A program that provides vital subsidized childcare service for student parents enrolled at Troy University’s Alabama campuses will continue for the next four years thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

TROY’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program has been awarded $500,000 a year over the next four years to continue the initiative, which seeks to establish high-quality, campus-based childcare programs to meet the needs of student parents with low income.

Under the program, the subsidized childcare services will be provided through local childcare centers near TROY’s campuses, or at the Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment at the Dothan Campus.

TROY was one of only two universities in Alabama and one of only 34 nationwide to receive the funding.

“The CCAMPIS grant increases access to post-secondary education for our low-income student parents by providing quality, affordable and accessible childcare while they further their education,” said Dr. Cynthia Hicks, Project Director and faculty member in the University’s College of Education. “We have been extremely pleased with the success of this program, and we feel that it is a big service to our students.”

The University first received funding through the CCAMPIS grant in 2019, serving an average of 37 parents each semester with 52 children receiving childcare.

To qualify for the programs, students must be enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level at one of TROY’s Alabama campuses – Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City – or as a TROY online student living in Alabama and must be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grants. Recipients must be registered for at least one course every semester that they receive CCAMPIS assistance and must maintain good academic progress with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Recipients are required to complete an annual survey about the CCAMPIS program and attend two workshops during the academic year.

“We send out an annual survey to our parents who participate, and they are so appreciative of the opportunity and how much it helps,” she said. “Not only does it allow them to go to class, it allows them to have some study time and time to go to the library or work in groups and do group projects. We don’t just pay for childcare while they are in class, we pay for full-time childcare.”

Hicks said this grant will enable the University to increase the weekly allotment for childcare.

“Under the last grant, we provided $100 per week for childcare,” she said. “Now, with the new grant, we can provide up to $150 a week for each child, and that is a significant help to our low-income parents. It pretty much fully pays daycare for most of them. We really saw the need for this program because students would tell us that childcare was one of the main issues with them not attending class or not following through. During the last four years, we have had 20 of our CCAMPIS parents graduate, either at the undergraduate or graduate level, and I think that is an awesome number.”

To learn more about the CCAMPIS program or to apply, visit www.troy.edu/ccampis.

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