Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Grant
Working "Hand-in-Hand" with Parenting Students
The Women's Center received notification from the U.S. Department of Education that their "Hand-in-Hand" application submitted for funding under the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program grant competition was awarded for four years in the amount of $219,300. The funding period is October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2013.
The goals of this grant proposal are to recruit and provide services to a cohort group of low-income single parents who wish to pursue a college degree. The largely overlooked populations, low-income single mothers, will be given the first priority for participation in the program. In the event the maximum number of participants has not been met; low-income single fathers will be given second priority; followed by two-parent families. Students with the most financial need will be identified from the Free Aid Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and selected for this cohort group. Cal U and the Village of FPC seek to work "hand-in-hand" giving these students assistance when they most need it by providing safe, nurturing child care. Between 5-10 low income single mothers or fathers will be given the opportunity and incentive to pursue their education.
The Village of FPC (The Village) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) child care facility located approximately 1 1/2 miles from campus at Center in the Woods in California Borough. The Village mission is to provide quality, faith based childcare and preschool, while supporting single parents diligently furthering their education to provide a better life for their children and to bring love, excitement and joy to senior citizens sharing their facility. The state-licensed Village opened its doors in September 2008 to provide care for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Hours are 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday with before and after school care and bus transportation to the local elementary school available. The preschool curriculum is aligned with state and local standards and a summer day camp for ages 5 through 12 is offered. The Village participates in the Keystone Stars Early + Education Quality Initiative as a Star 1 center with a goal of becoming a Star 4 facility. Keystone STARS (Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, Support) is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. The village is located along the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority Silver Bus Route, which also services Cal U. The current maximum capacity is 26 children.
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