HCC receives grant to help students with child care

(October 5, 2018) – Hagerstown Community College has been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education, under the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program, in the amount of $51,950 a year, for up to four years. The funds will be used to help Pell-eligible (low income) students pay for child care.

“College students with young children face unique challenges in completing degree or certificate programs and tend to complete at lower rates,” said Christine Ohl-Gigliotti, HCC dean of students. “Knowing this, HCC applied for the CCAMPIS grant. We’re thrilled to now have the opportunity to provide more support for our student parents.”

Using a sliding fee scale to prioritize provision of services to low-income student/parents, and building upon use of local and state resources already available and to be offered first, HCC proposes to serve approximately 20 students each year, offering $25-$50 per week for child care assistance for Pell-eligible CCAMPIS students.

In addition, HCC will hire a specialized part-time advisor to provide high quality, intrusive advising to students. Parent workshops, a newsletter, and support workshops developed especially for parents involved in the project, will help ensure that project goals are achieved and students succeed.

HCC will prioritize care at its Children’s Learning Center, which was established in 1998 and serves up to 63 full-time children (ages 2-4) and additional part-time students each year. HCC has identified partners who, like the CLC, are nationally accredited or close to completing the national accreditation child care process: the CitiCorp Family Center, four KinderCare centers located in Frederick, Md., the Frederick Community College Children’s Center, the Little Eagle Child Care Center, and five private home daycare providers. Additional partners may be added, as long as those partners have earned national accreditation. Care for preschool-aged children will be prioritized since these are the ages of greatest local child care need.

HCC is identifying current and prospective Pell-eligible student parents to benefit from this grant. Grant receipt will be determined via a competitive screening process. Financial support is available as early as November for currently enrolled HCC students and as early as January for new students. For more information, contact Jackie Taylor, executive assistant to the dean of students, at 240-500-2526 or jataylor@hagerstowncc.edu