Child Care Access Means Parents in School
Indian River State College has received a $989,464 grant from the U.S. Department of Education in support of the College’s CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents in School) program. The new program is designed to minimize barriers for low-income parent-students who are starting or completing a degree, certificate or career training program at IRSC by assisting with childcare expenses. Applications are now being accepted for assistance during Spring semester, which begins January 6.
The CCAMPIS program offers childcare and access to IRSC’s wraparound services to students on a sliding-fee scale, thus expanding childcare services to a large number of Pell-eligible and low-income IRSC student-parents residing in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties who spend 20 hours or more each week in IRSC classes and labs, or studying for their courses.
- Must be low-income, Pell-eligible student-parent or student-guardian pursuing post-secondary education at IRSC.
- Must be working or participating in an educational activity at least 20 hours per week.
- Must have gross income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level for family size.
- Must provide preliminary documentation before application will be validated. Documentation
- Income verification form (if employed in a new job or paid by cash)
- Pay stubs (last 4 weekly pay stubs, last 2 pay stubs if paid bi-weekly or semimonthly, or last pay stub if paid monthly)
- Self-employment documentation (most recent tax return or year-to-date business records with invoices and receipts for expenses)
- Education documentation (enrollment verification and schedule)
- Social Security disability documentation statement from doctor and award letter
Additional Program Requirements
- Parental involvement: parents who utilize the grant funding will volunteer at their child’s care center a predetermined amount of time each semester.
- Each parent must attend at least one parent education workshop administered by IRSC each semester he or she is involved with the program. IRSC will monitor and track his or her involvement to ensure that he or she is abiding by these mandates throughout their involvement with the program.
- Each parent must meet with the CCAMPIS Program Coordinator each semester to discuss his or her academic progress, plans, and views on his or her child’s care center experience.
- Families must pay a co-payment for childcare based on income and family size.
For more information or to begin the application process, contact Ashley Days, CCAMPIS Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-462-7687.
The College is partnering with the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County and the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties to connect IRSC students residing throughout its service district with early education readiness programs offered at local childcare centers.
Funding for the project continues through September 2024.