MCC awarded federal grant to assist with child care costs for student-parents

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FLINT (WJRT) - (11/15/17) - Mott Community College has been awarded a federal grant from the to help offset the costs of child care for student-parents.

"One of the biggest barriers our student-parents have to getting their degree is affordable high quality child care," said Early Childhood Learning Center Director Sue Lechota.

The Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, or CCAMPIS Grant will help offset the costs associated with child care for kids between the ages of 2.5 and 5.

The school was awarded $492,900 from the Department of Education.

"We have enough subsidy money that a student technically could go through and obtain an Associate degree from Mott College," Lechota said.

MCC is one of only four schools in Michigan to receive the grant, which they say is critical when it comes to enrollment, retention and graduation rates, not only now but down the road.

"A large majority of our students are parents and have a need for care for 0 to 5 (age) and one of the college initiatives is to expand the center by next Fall," she said.

Parent and Mott graduate Sharonda Love-Wilson knows first hand how much the program has not only helped her financially, but the well being of her daughter.

"My daughter was so happy to be here, she didn't want to go home, so for me to know that she was close to me, if she got ill or misbehaved, they could just call me," Wilson said.

Wilson says it's especially important for student-parents to check out the resources available, no matter what school you attend.

"You always want to find a quality child care to watch your child while you do whatever you have to do, whether you're at a job, or in school, or whatever it is, you want it to be quality," she said.

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