Mott Community College is one of only four Michigan colleges recently that was awarded a four-year federal grant totaling $492,900 to increase student-parent access to childcare in order to promote postsecondary success in enrollment, persistence and graduation.
The Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) enables MCC to offer its student-parents subsidized, affordable childcare for children 2 1⁄2 to 5 years of age in the College’s Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) on the main campus in Flint.
“This is wonderful news for our students who need childcare to enable them to complete their education,” said Sue Lechota, Director of the ECLC and Early Childhood Education faculty member at MCC.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the CCAMPIS grant will subsidize affordable childcare slots for eligible MCC students during the fall and winter semesters over a four-year period. Each year of the CCAMPIS grant, MCC will provide subsidies consisting of 9 full-day, 18 part-day slots, and 4 full-time and 8 part-time slots for Before- and After- school care for a total of up to 104 student-parents receiving increased access to childcare over the course of the four-year grant.
MCC ECLC will also expand the current parent involvement program to engage student-parents who receive the CCAMPIS subsidy.
With nearly 60 percent of MCC students Pell eligible, a current retention rate of 51 percent and a graduation rate of 12.4 percent, the CCAMPIS funds are critical to increasing student parent success in enrollment, persistence, and graduation.
MCC’s ECLC has a 5 STAR quality rating from Great Start to Quality, the State of Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool, and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
“Having received both a 5 STAR rating and NAEYC accreditation means that MCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center is one of the highest-quality child care centers in the state, and among the top child care programs in the nation,” Lechota said.
The ECLC serves as the laboratory pre-school for MCC’s Early Childhood Education Department, providing extensive hours of teaching experience for students pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of early childhood. It provides a high-quality, active learning environment for children aged 2.5 to 5 years of age, where critical and creative thinking is nurtured and celebrated. A planned child care expansion by the fall of 2018 will add additional options for students and the community with infants and toddlers.
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