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Child Care Grant Opportunities at St. Louis Community College

July 25, 2013

The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant is a federal program that aids Pell Grant eligible St. Louis Community College (STLCC) students with the cost of child care.

Children ages 2 to 12 years, who are enrolled or are enrolling in a quality licensed and accredited child care center, are eligible. Each CCAMPIS student is awarded a fixed dollar amount for child care expenses for the semester based on the student’s credit hours, level of income and travel/study time.

The overall goal of the program is to provide access to child care so that low-income parents can attend college, graduate, transfer to a four-year institution or obtain employment. 

The CCAMPIS program at STLCC also conducts educational workshops on financial management, literacy, educational play/child development, success strategies for college parents, and children’s physical/mental health.

To date, 427 STLCC students have received the grant. Roberta Gordon is one of them. 

“The CCAMPIS grant allowed my daughter access to an excellent, licensed child care facility that I could not have otherwise afforded on my own,” Gordon said. “Without that, I would not have been able to attend college until she started kindergarten.”

Gordon said that knowing her child care was paid for helped her focus on her studies, because it relieved two major stressors in her life - child care and the means to pay for it.

“It is heartwarming to able to support our college students and their children towards success in achieving their degree and dreams,” said Mary Krogmeier, Child Development Center director at STLCC.

Fall 2013 CCAMPIS enrollment will take place Aug. 5–Sept. 16, 2013. Learn more about CCAMPIS.