Rockland Community College students with children: Good news!
The college’s child care center (otherwise known as the Campus Fun and Learn Child Development Center at the Theresa Morahan Simmons Center for Children and Families, phew, that’s a mouthful) won a federal grant that will enable it to start a sliding fee scale for parents who need child care while they’re going to class.
The $84,723 grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Child Care Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS), Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced this week.
The sliding fee scale will allow eligible students to pay a small portion (from 14 to to 21 percent) of the standard child care fees at Campus Fun and Learn, RCC spokeswoman Tzipora Reitman says.
Child care services are also offered while students are studying, receiving tutoring, participating in an online class, in labs and accessing campus resources to support academic success. But check with the college for more details on what those fee/s are.
“Opening up opportunities for women and families in our schools as well as our workforce requires ensuring they have access to quality, affordable child care services. Too often, parents are forced to choose between an education or a job, and child care,” Lowey said in a statement. “This federal investment will help Rockland Community College students pursue their education while ensuring their children are cared for.”
RCC President Dr. Cliff L. Wood expressed his appreciation and support for the grant.
Here’s some interesting facts on the subject from the college:
• Of the 615 low-income student-parent households attending RCC, 57 percent are single parent households.
• The high cost of child care is a direct barrier for student parents to attend classes and earn their degrees.
• According to Child Care Resources of Rockland (CCR), waiting lists throughout the county, particularly for subsidized child care, include more than 800 families.