SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Student Government Association Child Care Center at Slippery Rock University has been awarded a four-year grant totaling $57,132 from the U.S. Department of Education in support of its on-going, child care-services for low-income students. SRU is one of only three sites in Pennsylvania to make a successful bid for funding.
This competitive grant makes it possible for low-income parents to be involved in higher education by providing child-care support while they attend college classes.
"We have been receiving this support for a number of years, and it truly helps make child-care affordable to our low-income students with young children," said Lisa Ringer, director of the SRU/SGA child care center. "This financial support allows us to help parents who are SRU students enroll their children in a safe and secure program that also addresses the child's educational needs," she said.
"We have been receiving this support for a number of years, and it truly helps make child-care affordable to our low-income students with young children," said Lisa Ringer, director of the child care center.
"This financial support allows us to help parents who are SRU students place their children in a safe and secure program that also provides for the child's educational needs," she said.
SRU's program currently enrolls 75 children ages 3-12, with about 12 percent of their parents' eligible for the program.
The department of education awarded nearly $9.2 million to 58 postsecondary institutions to establish or support campus-based, child-care services.
"Peace of mind is an important factor in student success," said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. "These grants help parents stay focused on their studies and graduation goals. The funding is part of the department's overall effort to support parenting students so that they can build better lives for themselves and their children."
Funded under the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, awards can be used for child care services for all age groups: infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as before and after-school care for school-age children. Students eligible to receive services for their children through CCAMPIS must be eligible for Pell grants, which are awarded based on financial need.
In addition to using a sliding fee scale for the services, some grantees require students to attend parent workshops and take part in academic counseling to maximize their prospects for success in completing their higher education studies.
This year, to align with the department's overall priorities for higher education, applicants were also encouraged to include support for military families.
SRU's Child Care Center, located in McKay Education Building, opened in 1978.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.