Lowey Announces $81,983 in Federal Funds to Sustain Campus-Based Childcare for RCC Students

October 6, 2017
Press Release

SUFFERN, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Rockland Community College (RCC) President Michael A. Baston, and Andrea Bogin, Director of RCC’S Theresa Morahan Simmons Center for Children and Families, today joined student-parents and children to announce $81,983 in federal funding to sustain access to campus-based childcare for low-income students at Rockland Community College, State University of New York.

“The success of our economy is directly tied to the ability of Americans to pursue a quality education and develop the skills they need to secure well-paying jobs,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “That is why I am so pleased to announce continued federal investments in RCC’s child care initiative. This federal investment will allow parents to attend class, complete their studies, and enter the workforce more quickly and with less debt, which increases their earnings and stimulates our local economy. As the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to protect child care from budget cuts and to ensure the hardworking parents who benefit from this investment are not forced to choose between their education and childcare.”

“We are very appreciative to receive a renewal of the grant that subsidizes child care for children of our students. Thanks to these funds, our students who have children in daycare can advance their education and their careers knowing that their children are receiving high-quality care right on our campus. Without this funding, many would be forced to drop out and would be unable to achieve their goals. We thank Congresswoman Lowey for her efforts and wish her success in working with her colleagues to ensure that community college students who are parents continue to receive the support they need,” said Dr. Michael A. Baston, President of Rockland Community College.

“Without CCAMPIS and the option of affordable child care on campus, I would have never been able to further my education at Rockland Community College,” said Leydi Flores, a student-parent at RCC. “While pursuing my education, I also have the peace of mind that my child is in an amazing program at Campus Fun and Learn.  I see growth in him each and every day, and I am so grateful for the opportunities that the CCAMPIS grant and Campus Fun and Learn have provided for us both.”

The $81,983 awarded to RCC comes in the form of a Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) continuation grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Education. This program enables low-income parents to pursue a postsecondary education by providing them access to campus-based child care programs.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, parents with access to child care on campus are nearly three times more likely to graduate or pursue additional degrees within three years of enrollment. 

CCAMPIS currently provides $15.1 million in support to parents who are earning degrees. Of this total, more than $1.3 million supports New Yorkers. The Fiscal Year 2018 Trump Budget and House Republican spending bill for the Department of Education would eliminate CCAMPIS, forcing students to choose between dropping out of school and taking on more debt to pay for child care.

AUDIO of Congresswoman Lowey’s statement is available here.

PHOTOS of the event are available on Congresswoman Lowey’s Flickr page.