The Lincoln Land Community College Child Development Center, located on the LLCC-Springfield campus, has been awarded a Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide support for LLCC students with limited income and childcare needs. LLCC is one of only two campus childcare centers in Illinois to receive this competitive award in 2017.
The grant provides $280,000 over a period of four years. Funds are used to cover the cost of childcare services for students who meet eligibility requirements, which include Pell grant eligibility and enrollment in a minimum of six credit hours of coursework at LLCC. Families with the lowest estimated family contribution will be accepted first. Grant funding also provides for social and emotional parental support through regular meetings facilitated by Memorial Behavioral Health’s MOSAIC Moms program.
“Being a college student and a parent with limited resources presents significant challenges. In finances alone, childcare for two children can cost almost $400 per week,” explains Laurie Rhodes, director of the LLCC Child Development Center. “This grant allows us to help these LLCC students get needed support and keep on track for graduation.”
The CCAMPIS grant program has been providing assistance for 14 LLCC students since October, covering 100 percent of their childcare costs. Each of these students must attend one parent support group meeting and parent-teacher conference per semester, maintain status as a student in good standing and meet with an academic advisor to stay on target for graduation.
To participate in the grant-funded childcare program, LLCC students must first complete an eligibility application, which is available from the LLCC Child Development Center. Funds are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis among those who qualify. The center is open Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The LLCC Child Development Center serves families with children between the age of 15 months to kindergarten entry. Currently there are openings for pre-school age children. The center is DCFS licensed and accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and recognized as a Gold Level program through ExceleRate Illinois. To learn more about the center, visit www.llcc.edu/child-development-center or call 217-786-2450.