Sinclair announced on October 23, 2018 that the college has received a grant for more than $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to implement a four-year Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.
CCAMPIS grant funds will be used to provide childcare assistance to low-income students while connecting student-parents with the resources they need to persist through degree completion.
“Sinclair has and continues to work towards closing the equity gap in educational outcomes,” said Steve Johnson, Sinclair College President. “Meeting our students’ needs and providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education has been our highest priority. This grant is extremely important for us to be able to do just that. Many parents find it difficult to go back to school because of a lack of accessible and high-quality child-care service. By providing an on-campus child-care center we are able to eliminate a major accessibility gap for our student-parents.”
Under the Sinclair CCAMPIS program, eligible students can receive significant childcare subsidies at any of the three participating Mini University centers: the Early Childhood Education Center (on-campus), Montgomery County Mini University, and forthcoming Hope Center for Families Mini University (anticipated fall 2019). Mini University is a family-owned small business, incorporated in Ohio since 1987. Licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Mini University is a National Association for the Education of Young Children Accredited and maintains a Step Up to Quality 5 star rating, the highest score in the State of Ohio.
To receive CCAMPIS funds, Sinclair students must be Pell-eligible, registered for six credit hours, and be in good academic standing. Students receiving CCAMPIS subsidies will maintain monthly contact with a dedicated Student Success Coach who will make referrals to campus and community resources to help student-parents reach their goals.