On October 1, 2018, the United States Department of Education announced that Goodwin College has been selected for a grant under the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program. CCAMPIS supports the participation of Pell grant-eligible, low-income parents in postsecondary education through campus-based child care services. The grant is for $78,854 for the first budget period, 10/01/2018 through 9/30/2019. The grant is for a total of four years.
Goodwin College plans to develop Child Watch, a drop-in, on-campus child care center to meet the needs of Pell-eligible student-parents. The goal of Child Watch is to increase retention rates of eligible student-parents.
The center will serve children ages 3 to 12 and operate weekdays and Saturdays. Children of eligible student-parents can attend for free, while a sliding-scale fee schedule will be used for children of non-eligible student-parents.
Over the next three years, Child Watch will evolve into a full-time, accredited program serving student-parents, faculty, staff, and families from surrounding communities. Child Watch will be housed on campus in a facility that meets all the requirements for child care for children ages 3-12.
“This grant is really something for our community to celebrate,” said President Mark Scheinberg. “It’s been a long-held dream of the College to offer this type of child care to our students. Goodwin works diligently to remove as many roadblocks as possible that could hinder our students in completing their educations.”
A Child Watch Program Advisory Committee will convene in January to develop a sustainable model that serves economically diverse families. Goodwin will integrally connect to its Early Childhood Education associate degree program through the curriculum design for early childhood education and ECE student participation.
“Not only will our Pell-eligible students be able to concentrate on their studies, knowing their children are well cared for, but our ECE students will also gain invaluable experience right here on campus,” President Scheinberg added. “My sincere thanks to the many people in the Goodwin community who worked so hard to bring us to this great day.”
For more information on the Child Watch program, please contact Rich McCarty, Director of College Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.