Child and Family Research Center and Student Services’ First Generation Student Center partner to keep student parents in the classroom

The Child and Family Research Center and the First-Generation Student Center for Student Services have partnered to develop the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, known as CCAMPIS through a grant funded by the US Department of Education. Through this new program, student parents attending the University of Nevada, Reno will have up to 90% of their annual CFRC tuition paid for and have access to a set of tools provided by the First Generation Student Center. student services.

Graduate and undergraduate students can apply for funding, and interested student parents can access the application on the Student Services First Generation Student Center website.

“It’s transformative,” said Maritza Machado-Williams, co-director of the CCAMPIS program and director of the First Generation Student Center of Student Services. “CCAMPIS is not just a subsidy for childcare. It’s a retention program.

CCAMPIS provides student parents with a comprehensive set of tools to keep them in the classroom and on their way to graduation. It is a comprehensive experience that provides extensive support to enrolled student parents.

Supporting tuition fees for the CRFC is a dimension of this multifaceted program. Students have full access to the suite of services provided by the First Generation Student Services Center. This includes peer mentoring, tutoring, academic planning assistance and other financial aid, additional grants, and regular workshops covering a variety of topics ranging from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ) undergraduate research opportunities.

Full-day and full-year programs on the CRFC campus are made more affordable for student parents with money from the CCAMPIS grant. The CFRC has one of the highest quality child care programs in the state of Nevada and was the first center in Nevada to receive accreditation from the National Association for Early Childhood Education. The research center has a long history of maintaining the highest possible quality ratings, so the CCAMPIS grant improves access to high quality early care and education for our student-parent population.

“Early childhood education is critically important,” said Sherry Waugh, CCAMPIS Program Co-Director and CRFC Director. “We have learned this even more during this pandemic, and it can set the tone for the child’s entire life.”

CCAMPIS is currently recruiting student parents with children aged 3 to 4 years old. In the coming years, principals hope to accept a wider age range of children so that student parents can access care for their infants and maintain continuity for children throughout the parents’ academic experience. .

“In order to provide this continuity for student parents in the future, we are actively exploring ways to increase the number of on-campus child care spaces for the youngest members of our campus community – infants and children. -little, ”Melissa Burnham, director of the Department of Human Development, Family Sciences and Counseling, said.

There is still availability for this program for the current academic year. For students who think they would be eligible, or who know of a student-parent who they think might be eligible, you can find more information and a request by visiting the Services’ First Generation Student Center website. to students.