Mesa College Receives Federal Grant to Provide Child Care for the Children of Needy Students

San Diego Mesa College has been awarded has received a four-year grant -- $59,409  for the first year—from the U. S. Department of Education to provide child care for the children of low-income students.

The funds were awarded by CCAMPIS, or Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS), a highly competitive program which was set up to make it easier for needy parents to get a college education by providing them with quality child care while they are in school.

The program will serve 42 low-income students by providing child care subsidies at the Mesa College Child Development Center as well as at other local facilities. It will be administered to eligible students  by the college’s STAR program, a federally funded educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

Two objectives of the program is to increase college retention and course completion rates of student participants, said  Marichu Magana, who heads the STAR program at Mesa.  “To that end, the program will provide support for students who are also parents of young children so they are able to pursue a degree at Mesa while being assured that they are providing good parenting to their children.

 

Based on performance and achievement of goals, the grant is renewable for four years for a total of $237,636.