The Child and Family Research Center and Student Services’ First-Generation Student Center have partnered to develop the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, known as CCAMPIS, through a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Through this new program, student parents attending the University of Nevada, Reno will see up to 90% of their annual CFRC tuition paid and will have access to a set of tools provided by the first-grade student center. generation of student services.
Graduate and undergraduate students can apply for funding, and interested student parents can access the application on the Student Services First Generation Student Center website.
“It’s transformative,” said Maritza Machado-Williams, co-director of the CCAMPIS program and director of the Center for First Generation Students at Student Services. “CCAMPIS is not just a child care subsidy. It’s a retention program.
CCAMPIS provides student-parents with a comprehensive set of tools to keep them in the classroom and on the path to graduation. It is a comprehensive experience that provides great support for enrolled student-parents.
Tuition assistance for CRFC is one dimension of this multi-faceted program. Students enjoy full access to the suite of services provided by the first-generation student center of Student Services. This includes peer mentoring, tutoring, assistance with academic planning and other financial aid, additional supplemental grants, and regular workshops covering a variety of topics ranging from applying for free federal student aid ( FAFSA) to undergraduate research opportunities.
Full-day, year-round programs on the CRFC campus are made more affordable for student-parents with money provided by the CCAMPIS grant. CFRC has one of the highest quality child care programs in the state of Nevada and was the first center in Nevada to receive accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The research center has a long history of maintaining the highest possible quality ratings, so the CCAMPIS grant improves access to high-quality early care and education for our student-parent population.
“Early childhood education is critically important,” said Sherry Waugh, CCAMPIS Program Co-Director and CFRC Director. “We’ve learned that even more during this pandemic, and it can set the tone for a child’s whole life.”
CCAMPIS is currently recruiting student-parents with children aged 3 to 4. In future years, principals hope to accept a wider age range of children so that student-parents can access care for their infants and maintain continuity for children throughout the parents’ college experience. .
“In order to provide this continuity for student-parents in the future, we are actively exploring ways to increase the number of on-campus child care spaces for the youngest members of our campus community – infants. and toddlers,” Melissa Burnham, director of the Department of Human Development, Family Sciences and Counseling, said.
There are still vacancies for this program for the current academic year. For students who think they would be eligible or know of a student-parent they think might be eligible, more information and an application can be found by visiting the Services First Generation Student Center website. to students.