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Suffolk Awarded Highly Competitive Federal Grant To Aid Students With Child Care

Suffolk County Community College’s Kids’ Cottage child care facility on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood has been awarded a highly competitive Federal four-year Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant of nearly $445,000 to help meet a critical need for high quality, affordable child care for eligible student-parents.

“The need for high-quality and reliable child care is one of the basic needs that can potentially block parents from accessing college,” said Suffolk County Community College President Edward Bonahue. “This grant directly addresses that need and allows parents with young children to take advantage of the education and workforce training opportunities Suffolk offers.”

“We have a high-quality program that goes beyond child care,” said Kids’ Cottage Director Vickie Calderon, who has been recognized by the National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers for her history of work in early education, her commitment to excellence in teaching, and her leadership and positive impact on early care and education. Calderon said there is a waiting list at the Kids’ Cottage and the CCAMPIS grant funds can be used to expand and offer services to more parents and their children.

The Children’s Learning Centers at Suffolk County Community College are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and provide comprehensive, developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs for children between the ages of six weeks and five years of age.  The centers are open to children of college students, faculty, staff, Suffolk County employees, and community residents.

This project is supported by a grant from the US Department of Education to Suffolk County Community College of $443,600, which provides 59% of the total project cost, with the balance borne by the College and the Suffolk Community College Association.  

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