October 11, 2013
PVCC Receives Grant to Help Low-Income Students with Child-Care Costs
Charlottesville, VA - Piedmont Virginia Community College has received a $210,344 CCAMPIS grant (Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools) from the U.S. Department of Education. The four-year grant will help to subsidize the cost of child care for low-income parents enrolled at PVCC. The subsidies will be available to qualifying students beginning with the spring 2014 semester.
"Too often the cost of child care is a barrier for low-income individuals who want to enroll at PVCC. This grant will assist some of these aspiring students to be able to enroll," said PVCC President Frank Friedman. "We are very pleased to receive this highly competitive federal grant in order to promote educational access in Central Virginia."
PVCC is partnering on the grant with the Piedmont Family YMCA, which currently provides full-time preschool care and after-hours child care for PVCC students who attend classes on the College's main campus and off-campus locations. These services are available at the Jefferson School City Center in downtown Charlottesville where PVCC and the YMCA are tenants.
Denny Blank, Piedmont Family YMCA CEO, said, "The YMCA's stated purpose is to 'Build Strong Kids, Strong Families, and Strong Communities.' Working together with PVCC in this child-care initiative enhances our fundamental tenet that education/learning is a life-long process. We are honored to be a collaborative partner with PVCC in providing a pathway for more students (of all ages) to acquire quality education."
Students eligible to receive care services for their children through CCAMPIS must also be eligible for a need-based Pell grant. In addition to qualifying for a sliding fee scale for the services, PVCC students who receive the subsidies will participate in academic, financial aid and career counseling to maximize their prospects for success in completing their studies.
Concurrent with CCAMPIS grant implementation, PVCC plans to develop a new associate degree program in early childhood education that will increase career and employment opportunities for residents of Central Virginia.
PVCC was the only college among 23 in the Virginia Community College System and one of 58 higher education institutions in the nation to receive a CCAMPIS grant.