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San Antonio College Announces $1.2 million CCAMPIS Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Early Childcare Studies Program
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SAC Awarded CCAMPIS Grant from Department of Education

Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College (SAC) is proud to announce it received more than $1.2M to renew the CCAMPIS grant, effective Oct. 1. CCAMPIS, which stands for Child Care Access Means Parents Stay in School, provides about $308,000 per year for four years, totaling $1.2 million.

The CCAMPIS grant makes higher education possible for low-income students by subsidizing the cost of high-quality child care. Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, the grant will provide affordable child care for about 50 students currently enrolled at SAC.

While the cost to CCAMPIS is about $6,000 per child, per year, eligible SAC students pay only $15-20 per week per child versus the typical $160-$215 per week for this level of care.

"This grant is particularly important," said U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, 35 th  District, who attended the announcement. "We know that for young families, other than affordable housing, the second biggest expense is child care."

Doggett added that the CCAMPIS grant will not only help SAC students, it will also provide their children a solid educational foundation once they begin going to school. 

Ellen Marshall, SAC chair of Social Work, Sociology, Early Childhood Studies, and History, said the grant also supports teaching the students parenting skills. "We require them to attend three parenting workshops during the semester and to volunteer in the Early Childhood Center for four hours so they can see how the teachers interact with the children," she said. "We want them to learn about their children to help them have better interaction with them."

"I can't say enough how grateful I am for this program," said Michael De La Cerda, a pre-nursing major whose daughter is enrolled at the Early Childhood Center. "It has allowed me to go to college and concentrate on my schooling and my grades. I never felt that my daughter has been in better care. And everybody here treats me like family."

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SAC student Michael De La Cerda with his daughter at the Early Childhood Center at the CCAMPIS Grant announcement.