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Alverno College Receives $360,000 CCAMPIS Grant

Grant supports access to child care for students with young children

By - Jan 24th, 2023 09:10 am
Photo courtesy of Alverno College.

Photo courtesy of Alverno College.

Milwaukee, (Jan. 24, 2023)Alverno College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant. The grant, which will provide $90,000 a year for four years, will help offset the costs of on-campus child care for undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need.

“Research demonstrates that students who are parents are more likely to complete their degrees when they have access to affordable, quality child care,” said Jodi Eastberg, PhD, acting vice president for Academic Affairs at Alverno College and the CCAMPIS project director. “This grant will offer qualified students the financial relief they need to expand their access to Alverno’s five-star rated Early Learning Center.”

The program will increase both the number of low-income student parents served by Alverno’s Early Learning Center as well as the amount of childcare need met for each student parent, with the goal of serving 20 to 30 new student parents. Combined with wrap-around services and student parent engagement activities, the additional available childcare hours provided by this grant will allow students to complete more credits each semester, narrowing the gap for completion rates between parents and non-parents.

Alverno’s Early Learning Center serves up to 122 children ages six weeks through six years. It is state licensed, nationally accredited and holds the highest five-star rating by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ YoungStar program. Alverno student parents receive priority enrollment, and their rates are discounted on a sliding scale based on the number of hours used and the age of the child.

All Pell-eligible undergraduate student parents enrolled at the college qualify for the funding. Graduate students whose expected family contribution (EFC) meets the Pell-eligibility requirements may also qualify. Alverno students who are interested in receiving CCAMPIS funds for child care provided at Alverno’s Early Learning Center should reach out to the Alverno Financial Aid Office or Alverno’s Early Learning Center to complete an application upon which final selection will be based.

About CCAMPIS

The CCAMPIS program is a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Education. This program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. Funds are used to support or establish campus-based child care programs primarily serving the needs of low-income students enrolled in institutions of higher education. The $90,000 per year award to Alverno College is fully supported by the Department of Education grant.

About Alverno College

Founded in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College promotes the academic, personal and professional development of its students in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Undergraduate programs for women are offered in more than 60 areas of study, and graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology, school psychology, music therapy, music and liturgy, and business are open to women and men.

A leader in higher education innovation, Alverno has earned international accolades for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, which emphasizes hands-on experience and develops in-demand skills. The college, Wisconsin’s first Hispanic-Serving Institution, ranks among the top schools in the Midwest for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and innovation by U.S. News & World Report. For two years, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education named Alverno the country’s most inspiring college.

Based in Milwaukee, Wis., Alverno College is a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college.

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