Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with children

Social support is a significant need for many undergraduate students who are juggling the demands of parenthood, employment and postsecondary education, according to Brent McBride, director of the Child Development Laboratory. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

NOV 26, 2018 3:00 PM
SHARITA FORREST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Low-income undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through an array of programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.

CDL recently received a $419,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education that restored funding for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program. CCAMPIS is a federal initiative that supports campus-based child care services to help Pell-grant eligible students attain and complete postsecondary education.

The U. of I. is one of five institutions in Illinois and 86 across the U.S. to receive one of the four-year CCAMPIS grants in 2018.

CDL expects to serve 15-20 undergraduate parents annually – possibly more if some participants also receive Illinois Department of Human Services child care subsidy vouchers, which would offset their child care costs at CDL, said Brent McBride, the director of CDL.

Alicia Walker, a graduate student in social work, is the parent liaison for the Child Development Laboratory’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School program.
Photo by L. Brian Stauffer
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Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with children
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Low-income undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through an array of programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.