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 Kid Care, a drop-in, on-campus child care center to meet the needs of Pell-eligible student-parents. The goal of Kid Care 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, Kid Care will evolve into a full-time, accredited program serving student-parents, faculty, staff, and families from surrounding communities. Kid Care 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.”
Learn more about Goodwin Kid Care by visiting www.goodwin.edu/kid-care.
Goodwin University is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin University was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.