CCAMPISChild Care Access Means Parents in School (US Department of Education)
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The Senators highlighted how the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill included the first increase in funding for the CCAMPIS program in fifteen years.
For Kyle Cerka and his partner, Stacey, the CCAMPIS grant meant the difference between attaining their educational and career goals--or having to put them on hold while their children were still young.
"Without the CCAMPIS grant, we both wouldn't have been able to be in school for sure," Cerka said.
The CCAMPIS grant was a lifesaver because the family had few other options, Cerka explained.
The grant goes far beyond simply enabling students to persist in school, according to Ann Reynolds, CCAMPIS adviser at Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts.
"The peace of mind they get when they get that monetary piece and the support that they get from CCAMPIS, it helps," Reynolds said.
Community colleges are also distinctly disadvantaged by the way CCAMPIS funds are distributed.
Increased funding for CCAMPIS grants and other kinds of support ensures that all students, particularly mothers and women, have the opportunity to pursue their educational goals.
The CCAMPIS Reauthorization Act would provide resources dedicated to child care programs for parents in college, who face unique challenges in their pursuit of higher education, and it would invest in additional services on campuses that actually meet parents needs.
The following organizations endorse the Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) Reauthorization Act: Access and Success, St.