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Red Rocks receives grant for children’s center

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Staff members at the Children’s Center at Red Rocks Community College are working to identify and reach out to low-income families who can benefit from a recent Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools grant.

The Children’s Center works with the college’s student services offices and with campus partner Child Care Innovations to help refer qualifying families for enrollment in campus-based child care services. The grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Children’s Center at Red Rocks has been open for 19 years, and has received funding from the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program for four years, said Michele Haney, college president.

“Continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education will not only provide subsidized child care for some of the lowest-income students at Red Rocks, it will also create a network of support to help students enrolled in the program achieve academic success and increase their likelihood of persistence and degree completion,” Haney said.

To receive the CCAMPIS child care subsidy, a parent must maintain a minimum course load of 9-credit hours per semester and maintain good academic standing. Accepted students receive a 60 percent to 75 percent discount on their child care costs, based on the number of credits in which they are actively enrolled.

Students in the program also benefit from access to additional student success resources including a dedicated navigator who provides individualized academic and personal support they need to be successful.

“Over the last four years through the CCAMPIS grant, we have been able to support students in a way we couldn’t otherwise do,” said Susan Padgett, director of the Children’s Center. “It is really exciting for us to be able to continue providing high quality care for children while their parents are creating a better future for their families with the help of the CCAMPIS grant.

“This is an example of our commitment to supporting learning throughout the lifespan. Additional services are available through our School Age Child Care and Child Care Innovations departments,” Padgett said.

The Children’s Center at Red Rocks Community College is a model training center and observation site for Early Childhood Education students. The center provides full-day care and education for children 18 months to kindergarten. Children’s Center clients are Red Rocks students, staff and members of the community.

For more information, go to www.rrcc.edu/child-care.

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