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Office of Child Care and Family Resources receives grant to assist student parents

November 15, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of 79 schools nationwide being awarded funds through the U.S. Department of Education’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.

CCAMPIS funds assist low-income student parents with the cost of childcare and related services as a means to overcome barriers to degree completion.  The total award is $682,660, and will be awarded over the next four years.

This grant, administered by UW-Madison’s Office of Child Care and Family Resources (OCCFR), provides financial assistance for child care to qualifying student parents with infants. Their children are placed in one of five campus centers. The grant also funds other support services that build the students’ understanding of child development and time management.

This is the 17th year of CCAMPIS funding at UW-Madison, largely due to the leveraging of campus leadership and administrative support for the early education and care system.  UW-Madison’s rigorous academics combined with excellent enrollment, persistence and graduation rates for student parents make CCAMPIS a highly successful program.

“The case for CCAMPIS is very strong,” says Cigdem Unal, Director of the Office of Child Care and Family Resources. “Our student parents have a 90 percent graduation rate, and an average grade-point average of 3.41. Federal grant reviewers also look very favorably on the level of administrative support provided to campus child care, the Child Care Tuition Assistance Program, funded by the students themselves – through the segregated fee payments” she says.

The Office of Child Care and Family Resources promotes the academic and professional goals of the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the administration of early education and family support programs. OCCFR is administratively housed within the School of Education.

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